Posted on April 20, 2015 in Inclusion
I met Chris Kliewer about 15 years ago at an inclusion conference. I wandered into a workshop he was giving on literacy and Down Syndrome and instantly became a fan. I continue to follow his work closely and I can say with absolutely certainty that Chris has not published a piece I have not read. This is not because he has not written a lot (he is a writing machine); it is because his work is so important that I wouldn’t dare miss a word.
Chris is a professor at the University of Northern Iowa. A former early childhood special education teacher, Chris is arguably the most …
Posted on April 19, 2015 in Autism
“I have a desire to share my autistic world with you. It is a beautiful yet bothersome world. I type these words and paint these paintings for you. To you, I give myself and my world in hopes of creating greater understanding and peace between our worlds. My own belief is that if we understand more about each other’s worlds, peace will follow.” – Roy Bedward
Years ago, I met Roy Bedward and his wonderful family when I was supervising student teachers. Roy was a high school student and he had so many challenges in his life. His communication was limited, he had …