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.


WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: Special Education Law Blog

Posted on May 23, 2012 in Advocacy, Families, News

Charlie Fox is a lawyer here in Chicago who has a lot of experience advocating for children with disabilities and their families and helping schools support diverse learners.

His blog, Special Education Law Blog, is especially helpful for …


Posted on May 16, 2012 in Families, News

I am just in love with this new blog I found called Noah’s Dad. You will be too when you click over and see those blue eyes staring back at you-LOL!

I cannot get enough of these family blogs—especially those that are …

Tip 20: Phone Home

Posted on April 20, 2012 in Autism, Collaboration, Families, News

Need adaptations ideas? Want to brainstorm positive behavior supports? Looking for peer-support strategies? Contact the families of your learners with autism and tap into one of the richest resources around. I know so many knowledgeable parents who are never asked for input, advice, or tips.

I also know quite a few teachers who are unsure …

Getting To Know You

Posted on August 29, 2011 in Families, Inclusion

I am so excited to be writing this post today and sharing this wonderful and creative idea from my clever friend, Chris Levy. Chris and her partner, Joy, are always looking for neat ways to help their son, Josh, connect with classmates in the beginning of the school year.

A Peek at: Get Out, Explore, and Have Fun!

Posted on July 11, 2011 in Autism, Families

Some of you know Lisa Jo Rudy from her column on but she not just a writer but also an educator, advocate, and mom. In her new book on having fun in the community, Lisa Jo encourages families, educators, and community members to think about inclusion beyond school walls. Recently, I had a chance to conduct a little interview with her for this blog:

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