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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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Flashback Friday: A plan for Pedro

Posted on March 07, 2014 in News

One of the most exciting parts of writing a book for children is seeing all of the ways it is used by students, families, and teachers. I got one email from a parent telling me that she used Pedro’s Whale to teach her children about their brother with autism. At one of my …

Speaker Spotlight: Patrick Schwarz

Posted on March 06, 2014 in Inclusion, News

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 …

Wordless Wednesday

Posted on March 05, 2014 in News

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Flashback Friday: Use inclusion as a teaching tool

Posted on February 28, 2014 in Inclusion

This clip is from the bonus footage of You’re Going to Love This Kid DVD and Professional Development Package. The footage includes a series of 10 questions about inclusion answered by administrators, teachers, and parents.

This is a question about “inclusion for all” and it is being answered by John Price, the former principal of John J. Audubon School in Chicago. John is talking about how inclusive schools can provide opportunities for teachers to educate learners about their individual differences. This, Price maintains, makes all students savvier about their abilities, gifts, and their needs. This won’t happen simply by educating students with and without disabilities together, however. As Price points out, teachers have to be explicit in their support of inclusion and their conversations about it.

Speaker Spotlight: Keith Jones

Posted on February 27, 2014 in News

Today begins my 8 part series “speaker spotlight” 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 am so excited to highlight the work of Keith Jones to kick off the series. Keith has been doing work in …

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