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Day 4: How Can I Talk If My Lips Don’t Move?: Inside My Autistic Mind

Posted on April 04, 2014 in News

I am a fan of all of Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay’s work including this newer book. How Can I Talk if My Lips Don’t Move is-above all-a poetic and compelling story of a life. The book provides a glimpse into the experiences of a child who had very little reliable communication for most of his life. The reader follows Tito’s journey as he gains access to his voice through typed communication and handwriting and shares his thoughts on his autism, on living without expression, and on misunderstandings of autism. Tito shares many struggles in these pages, but sums up ..

Wordless Wednesday

Posted on March 26, 2014 in News

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Speaker Spotlight: Katie McKnight

Posted on March 25, 2014 in News

Want to learn some improv skills for the inclusive classroom? Need ideas for cool new apps? Want your vocabulary lessons to have a bit more zip? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you need to come to Illinois Includes and stop into Katie McKnight’s sessions.

Dr. Katie McKnight is an author, educator and consultant. Her career in education began as a high school English teacher in the Chicago Public School system more than 20 years ago. Today, she serves as a professor of secondary education at National Louis University and an onsite professional development consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Katie is passionate about creating …

So a turtle walks into an inclusion conference…

Posted on March 21, 2014 in News

So last week, I spent two days working with CESA 1 in Wisconsin and the educators, advocates, and families they support. It was a unique experience in many ways. First of all, I got to present at a beautiful nature preserve and we were surrounded by many trees and gorgeous views. Midway through the morning presentation on Friday, we experienced another interesting aspect of presenting at a nature preserve. I was in the midst of sharing research on inclusive schools when there was a bit of murmur in the back of the room. Within minutes, a woman came running in the room calling out …

Wordless Wednesday

Posted on March 19, 2014 in News

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