For reluctant writers, introduce novel or unexpected materials and supports. Try old typewriters, novelty or colored pencils, voice-activated software or story starters.

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.



Posted on August 29, 2012 in News

Special-ism is a blog focused on the “invisible” special needs industry.

It is the result of a marriage between two blogs addressing invisible special needs: S-O-S Research, operated by Danette Schott, MA and OUR Journey THRU Autism, operated by Tiffani Lawton, RN. The topics addressed on this blog include ADHD, anxiety, autism, Asperger’s, mental illness, and Sensory Processing Disorder.

If you are looking for a great first post to read, check out this fantastic piece by my friend and colleague, Judy Endow: Seeing Beyond My Autism Diagnosis. It is really powerful.


  1. From Tiffani Lawton on 29 Aug 2012

    Paula, thank you so much for this special feature of We are very grateful and look forward to networking with you further!