If you are concerned that a student does not understand your directions, ask him/her to repeat them back to you or to a peer.

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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Examine Your Transportation Needs

Posted on March 15, 2013 in Inclusion

From Section 3, idea #11 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

Years ago, I worked with a wonderful elementary school. They were committed to making very aspect of the school inclusive, welcoming, and supportive. One issue they had not examined, however, was transportation.

During a visit, I saw a little boy with disabilities skip off an accessible bus, greet his general education classmates as they stood in line on the playground, and enter the building. I asked the principal…

Get Advocates on the School Board

Posted on March 14, 2013 in Inclusion

From Section 4, idea #9 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

When parents come to me and say, “I am so discouraged about my district. What can I do?” I often ask, “Would you consider running for school board?” This answer is a surprise to many but it shouldn’t be. The school board has power and makes decisions related to school culture, beliefs, values, and practices. They also hire the superintendent and that individual has a whole lot to do with how accessible, welcoming, and challenging schools will be for all learners.

The school board essentially establishes a vision for the..

Remember that Special Education is NOT a Place

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 3, idea #16 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

My first boss, a director of special education, had a sign over his door declaring “Special Education is Not a Place”. His philosophy was clear to anyone who visited him.

This motto is clever but it also communicates a “big idea” that is commonly lost in conversations about…

Put Consumers in Charge

Posted on March 12, 2013 in Inclusion

From Section 2, idea #8 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

Need fresh eyes as you grow your inclusive model and consider next steps?

Assemble a team of students (or use your student council or sociology class) and ask them to propose ideas for making their school more inclusive. Begin by educating them on the various aspects of inclusion (e.g. adapting curriculum and instruction). Then ask them to…

Ask, “Are We Inclusive?”

Posted on March 11, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 3, idea #2 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

If you want to know the answer to this question, ask it. Ask parents, students, teachers, and administrators.

Even though all American schools are expected to follow the same federal law, schools from town to town, district to district, and state to state would answer that question very differently.

If you ask a large group of stakeholders, you are likely to…

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