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.

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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A plan for Pedro

Posted on August 26, 2013 in Families, Inclusion

One of the most exciting parts of writing a book for children is seeing all of the ways it is used by students, families, and teachers. I got one email from a parent telling me that she used Pedro’s Whale to teach her children about their brother with autism.

At one of my workshops, a principal told me that he used Pedro to teach his staff about…

How AAC and assistive tech make classrooms better for all

Posted on August 02, 2013 in Inclusion, Literacy, News

In 2009, I published an article in The Reading Teacher with my colleague, Kelly Chander-Olcott, titled “Why Everyone Benefits from Including Students with Autism in Literacy Classrooms”. One of the points we make in the article is that students with disabilities often bring assistive technology and augmentative communication into classrooms and, therefore, make them…

A message of inclusion for for young readers

Posted on July 11, 2013 in Inclusion, Literacy

This summer I am finally getting around to reading the huge stack of books that has been sitting on my bedside table for the last few months. I finally read The Hunger Games, blew through Close to Shore (an account of the real life shark attacks that inspired Peter Benchley to write Jaws), and have started Incendiary by Chris Cleve (author of Little Bee).

I have loved them all so far, but perhaps no summer read has thrilled me more than…

A conference of one’s own

Posted on May 15, 2013 in Families, Inclusion

For the last 20 years, I have long traveled to inclusion conferences in other cities and states. I have seen how an annual conference organized around inclusive schooling can help families, teachers, and administrators learn new skills and provide support to one another.

This is one of the reasons I wished for an inclusion conference here in Illinois. Last week, that wish came…

Fun with preschool teachers

Posted on May 03, 2013 in Inclusion, News

I had to share these great snaps of my final day of training with Education Service Center Region 20 in San Antonio, Texas.

I was able to work with Jenice Dames (early childhood educator extraordinaire) to coach teachers in growing their inclusive preschool models.

Here is a snap of me with Jenice. Can you guess what we are thinking about here?

And here is a shot of some of the wonderful…

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