Have students write a collaborative poem or story using Twitter, IM, Edmodo or Facebook. This way, authors can contribute one word, one line, or several paragraphs.

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WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: Emilie’s Blog

Posted on September 12, 2012 in Advocacy, Families, Inclusion, News

Emilie is a parent, an advocate, and a strong supporter of inclusive education. She has a child with Angelman Syndrome and wants Emilie’s Blog to be helpful to others with similar family needs.

Emilie works for Michigan’s parent training and information center, so she also wears this hat as a blogger and parent. I love Emilie’s blog because she includes cool visuals, lots of resources (like suggested IEP goals), and neat video clips of her daughter/family.

Comments

  1. From Val Hundley on 12 Sep 2012

    I am the father of a 12 year angelman syndrome child. Thanks for your efforts!

  2. From Emilie Mullins on 12 Sep 2012

    Thanks for the shout out Paula! How exciting. You’ve always been an inspiration.

    Sadly, I have to share that my wonderful daughter, after being fully included from kindergarten through 8th grade, is only able to attend school for 90 minutes a day (part of study hall and gym class).

    Our district (Blissfield Community Schools, in Michigan) has decided to send Maddie to a segregated program in a different school district half an hour from our house. I’m supposed to be excited that she has the opportunity to be a slave, doing janitorial work and “mandatory volunteer” experiences. There is no specific math or reading program used. There is no access to the curriculum, the program has their own “Life Skills Cognitive Impairment Curriculum.”

    The district refuses to consider multiple evaluations and independent evaluations, the law, parent input, best practices, the student’s wishes, the student’s long term goals, the student’s job interests, the student’s motivation and interests, etc.

    I have pursued the complaint process through the state of Michigan, and the district and Intermediate School District have been found out-of-compliance multiple times. But the district has yet to comply with any of the corrective action plans issued by the Michigan Department of Education. At our last state-ordered IEP meeting, the district did not bring an IEP form to write on. Clearly, their “draft” was to be reviewed, not discussed.

    The district’s frequent comment is “If you don’t like it, go to due process.” The right to due process only exists for parents who can afford $40,000 in attorney fees. Of course, the district has an attorney paid for by my tax dollars.

    Blissfield is a great community, we love our home and have great neighbors. It’s confusing that the town is an open and welcoming community and the school district and administrators segregate, bully, and discriminate. It’s sickening.
    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  3. From Emilie’s Blog on 12 Sep 2012

    […] It’s such an honor to be featured on Paula Kluth’s website!  http://www.paulakluth.com/2012/09/12/website-wednesday-emilies-blog/ […]

  4. From Onnolee on 24 Jan 2013

    I’m best friends with Maddie herself, and what Maddie is going through, shouldn’t have happened in the first place. She is a wonderful teen age girl, and shouldn’t be discrimnated from a PUBLIC school. #WeSupportMaddie.