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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Speaker Spotlight: Patrick Schwarz

Posted on March 11, 2015 in Inclusion

Another not-to-be-missed speaker at the Illinois Includes Conference is Dr. Patrick Schwarz.

When it comes to Patrick Schwarz, I almost have no words (and that is saying a lot for someone like me who seemingly never stops talking). He is an amazing presenter with equal parts heart, soul, and energy. Let’s just say that if you have never seen Patrick speak you are in for a treat and a half. People describe him as dynamic, energizing, and motivational. I see him as all of these things and so much more.

Patrick has been my …

Speaker Spotlight: Jonathan Mooney

Posted on March 02, 2015 in Inclusion, News

Jonathan is a writer and activist who did not learn to read until he was 12 years old. With the publication of Learning Outside The Lines when he was 23, Jonathan has established himself as one of the foremost leaders in LD/ADHD, disabilities and alternative education. His second book, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal, is a memoir, published by Henry Holt in June, 2007. Lauded as “a heartfelt rebuke to the …

Speaker Spotlight: Lauren Potter

Posted on February 19, 2015 in Inclusion

Today begins my “speaker spotlight” series designed to introduce you to some fabulous advocates in the field and to give you a peek at the sessions you will see at this year’s Illinois Includes Conference.

I’m thrilled to begin with our closing keynote speaker, Lauren Potter.

If you want to hear some words of inspiration on taking risks, living an “inclusive life” or pushing past barriers, you will love this session.

Lauren Potter has proven herself to be a young woman of strength and character. When professionals told her she “couldn’t” or “wouldn’t” she …

It’s that time of year again…

Posted on February 11, 2015 in Inclusion, News

Registration has opened for Illinois Includes!

I am thrilled to be able to invite you all to our 3rd Annual Conference held right here in the Chicago area. We have an amazing group of speakers coming to present including Richard Villa, Jacqueline Thousand, Dan Habib, Patrick Schwarz, Jonathan Mooney, Christopher Kliewer, the staff of …

Resolutions for the inclusive classroom

Posted on January 08, 2015 in Inclusion

Happy New Year!

Those that know me well, know that I love goal setting. I love teaching it to students and I love using it as a tool in my consulting. I also love using it in my own life, especially at this time of year. At my annual New Year’s Eve get together, I always ask guests to share a goal or two at dinner. When this tradition started, it was met with a bit of groaning and eye rolling (okay, more than a bit), but everyone in the group has come to …

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