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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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“Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?” Planning Tool

Posted on June 27, 2020 in News

Inclusion Planning Form

I have been having so much fun working virtually with book clubs this summer– it has helped me to connect with so many of you in a personal way. To keep the fun moving forward and to provide inclusion energy and support for your inclusive activities, I wanted to share a handout that I’ve been using with study groups, book clubs, and steering committees who are using …

Coaster LIVE!

Posted on March 24, 2020 in News

Paula reads Coaster

We may be sheltering in place, but Coaster refuses to “stay”! I have made him available to all of you as of last week via my YouTube channel.

To support teachers and families who are teaching and learning virtually, I released this clip so teachers of young children can share storytime with their students and teachers of older students can craft lessons about …

New year, new goals

Posted on January 07, 2020 in News

Happy New Year!

I had a lot of great feedback about this post in the last few years, so I am sharing it again to kick off 2019. I hope it will help you meet your inclusion-related goals as you get back to work this week.

Those that know me well, know that I love goal setting. I love teaching it to students …

Coaster is here!

Posted on December 13, 2019 in News

Do you love dogs as much as I do? If so, read on!

A few years ago (when I adopted my own dog), I had an idea for a children’s book about a shelter pet.

The book is about a dog who is admired (in part) for his snazzy wheels.

Here is the description of the book:

Coaster lives in an animal shelter with many puppies (and a few kittens) who are looking for homes. All the pets know he will be the first of the bunch to be adopted. After all, he has a fine coat, floppy ears, and …

Off the Page #10: Are “Coffee Carts” Inclusive?

Posted on June 09, 2019 in Inclusion

Do you have a coffee cart at your school? These little businesses are popping up at schools across the country and many of them are run by students with disabilities. Some of them are even created in the name of meaningfully including students with disabilities in the life of the school, but is the coffee cart inclusive? Watch …

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