Need to get a student to become more familiar with a communication device? Institute daily rituals. For instance, have the student provide a “fact of the day” each morning.

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.


Speaker Spotlight: Patrick Schwarz

Posted on March 06, 2014 in Inclusion, News

Another not-to-be-missed speaker at the Illinois Includes Conference is Dr. Patrick Schwarz.

When it comes to Patrick Schwarz, I almost have no words (and that is saying a lot for someone like me who seemingly never stops talking). He is an amazing presenter with equal parts heart, soul, and energy. Let’s just say that if you have never seen Patrick speak you are in for a treat and a half. People describe him as dynamic, energizing, and motivational. I see him as all of these things and so much more.

Patrick has been my boss, my friend, my neighbor, my co-worker, my co-presenter, and even my co-author. In this short clip, you can see him chatting about our book, Pedro’s Whale. You can tell from this video just how student-centered he is (one of the things I love most about him):

Patrick has collaborated with me on three books, but his most popular titles are From Disability to Possibility and From Possibility to Success.

From Disability to Possibility is a collection of stories and ideas that inspire families, teachers, advocates, and self-advocates to think beyond “what is” and dream about new ways to both teach and learn. And Patrick’s follow-up books is From Possibility to Success. Let me be one of the first to tell you that it is simply fantastic. But don’t take my word for it. Order a copy for yourself. Or better yet, order a copy and come to get it autographed at our conference.

Patrick will be delivering the closing keynote to this year’s event on May 8th. Come and see one of the best advocates we have in the field today. You will be so glad you did!

From Possibility to Success: Achieving Positive Student Outcomes in Inclusive Classrooms

In From Disability to Possibility, Patrick Schwarz made a passionate and compelling argument for the inclusive classroom. From Possibility to Success takes Patrick’s case to the next level by providing teachers with powerful new tools to make inclusive education work, along with guidelines for incorporating them into classroom practice.

From Disability to Possibility: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms

Drawing on the stories of learners, both with and without disabilities, as well as families and teachers, Patrick Schwarz shows you not only why many current special education frameworks don’t work, but also how they damage children, often for life. Then he demonstrates how possibility studies offers a meaningful, practical, and doable alternative to traditional special education practices both during the school years and after.

Be sure to register for Illinois Includes – we are looking forward to everyone joining us!


  1. From Kate McGinnity on 6 Mar 2014

    I can’t say enough about Patrick’s amazing style and inspirational presentations. If you are lucky enough to hear Patrick speak, you will be a better teacher, parent, PERSON! And, you’ll have fun!

  2. From Patrick Schwarz on 7 Mar 2014

    THANKS so much Paula for this wonderful honor!!! You have been such an inspiration to me and it is so great to write books with you!!! Can’t wait for the Illinois Includes conference!!!

  3. From Patrick Schwarz on 7 Mar 2014