Allow students with disabilities to take a wide range of classes at the high school level. Psychology? Modern Dance? German? The catalog of possible options should be open to all.

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.

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Day 7: Stories of our students

Posted on December 07, 2014 in News

I am a huge fan of biographies and autobiographies. I cannot remember the last time I did not have one sitting on my bedside table. I am always interested in books about people with disabilities (e.g., Moving Violations), family stories (e.g., Train Go Sorry), parent perspectives (e.g., A Slant of Sun) and teacher accounts (e.g., Jamie: A Literacy Story). Therefore, when people ask me what to read to prepare to teach a student with an identified need, I often suggest that they read professional literature later and start with a …

Day 6: Powerful posters

Posted on December 06, 2014 in News

Today I am featuring an idea with a great price tag. These fabulous social-justice-oriented posters from Teaching Tolerance are free! Your gift can be to print them off on poster paper and laminate them so they are classroom-ready. My favorite is …

Day 5: AAC for all

Posted on December 05, 2014 in News

How about giving the gift of communication, access, and adaptation? On Day 5, consider gifting an augmentative and alternative communication [AAC] tool that can be used by all.

A single-message communicator can be used by students needing communication support, but it can also be used by all learners in the context of daily lessons. Use it to add sound effects to your skits, to announce a “fact of the day” or to read a repeating line in a favorite storybook. These practices help students with …

Another Helen fan

Posted on December 05, 2014 in News

I got this lovely email from a wonderful mom I got to know recently. It made me smile when I got it and it is still making me smile. If you have ever heard me gush about Helen Keller, you know why!

“I wanted you to know that my daughter is presenting her biography this week on Helen Keller. Thank you for reminding me that she …

Day 4: An inspiring film

Posted on December 04, 2014 in Inclusion, News

Including Samuel, Wretches & Jabberers, Song of Our Children—I don’t know about you, but I LOVE a great inclusion-themed movie! A few years ago, I even made my own film, You’re Going to Love This Kid!, because I feel so strongly in using films to create change. There is just something about the power of pictures, stories, and …

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