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Autism Awareness Month: 30 Ideas in 30 Days

Posted on April 01, 2013 in Autism, News

For the fourth year in a row, I will be sharing 30 ideas in 30 days during April. I will share ideas from six different books and will feature photos, examples, and teacher-tested tips. I hope you will enjoy the ideas and be able to use them to better support your students and your children.

If you do enjoy the ideas, consider “paying it forward” by passing the links on to others. Something you share could make a big (or small but important) difference in the…

Illinois Includes Speaker Preview: Patrick Schwarz

Posted on March 31, 2013 in Families, 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 so much more.

Patrick has been my boss, my friend, my neighbor, my co-worker, my co-presenter, and even my co-author. In this short clip, you can see him chatting about our book, Pedro’s Whale. You can tell from this video just how student-centered he is (one of the things I love most about him):

Patrick is present two sessions on May 9th. He will discuss…

Illinois Includes Speaker Preview: Bill Henderson

Posted on March 29, 2013 in Families, Inclusion, News

We are so thrilled to have Dr. Bill Henderson coming to the Illinois Includes conference.

To say that Henderson is an inclusive schooling pioneer is an understatement. When he was a teacher in his early twenties, he was told by doctors that he would be blind in a matter of years. He was urged to get out of the field of education. Not only did Henderson ignore that advice, he pursued advanced…

Illinois Includes Speaker Preview: Norman Kunc & Emma Van der Klift

Posted on March 26, 2013 in Families, Inclusion, News

For the next few days I am going to be profiling a few of the amazing speakers that will be presenting at Illinois Includes in Oakbrook, IL this May 9th & 10th.

I am part of a group of advocates who have been trying to bring a regional inclusion conference to Illinois for years. We cannot believe it is finally happening and that we have secured such wonderful talent and energy for the two-day event

The first speaker I am highlighting is the incomparable, Norman Kunc.

If you don’t know about Norman Kunc, you…

URGENT: Action needed in Illinois

Posted on March 26, 2013 in Families, Inclusion, News

If you have not yet heard the news, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently passed a proposal that would lift formal class size limitations on special education classrooms and allow all decisions on class size limits to be made at the local level.

We need to FLOOD the ISBE with our comments, feedback, and protests on this one, folks. We need to respond “early and often” in the next 3 weeks and do all we can to ensure that our teachers and our students get what they need to succeed.

The impact on inclusive schooling would be…

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