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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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Random acts of inclusion?

Posted on September 25, 2012 in Inclusion, News

So, last week I took my sister, Victoria, to see Madonna at the United Center in Chicago. This concert was very special as it was planned almost 30 years ago. Yep- you read that right. You see, Victoria had originally planned to see Madonna in 1985 for The Virgin Tour. She begged my mom to let her drive from Green Bay to Chicago, but mom could not be persuaded. So, Victoria waited. Every time Madonna came to Chicago (where Victoria ended up living for years), she had a conflict and then she moved to Australia and sort of gave up on seeing the show.

So now for the fun part of the story…

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 her blog to be helpful to others with similar family needs.

Emilie works for Michigan’s parent training and information center, so she also…

A soundtrack for inclusion?

Posted on September 10, 2012 in Inclusion, News

Some of you know that I started running last year. For this reason, I am constantly changing up my iPod playlist to find inspiring music that will keep me motivated and energized. Well, one of the things that I have noticed lately is that many of these inspiring songs remind me of my work in inclusive schools. So, I thought I would share the top 5…

WEBSITE WEDNESDAY: Operation Nice

Posted on September 05, 2012 in Inclusion

So, today’s website is not really related to education specifically but it certainly speaks to the kind of values we want to promote in our inclusive schools.

Operation Nice celebrates being nice and provides lots of great…

New laminated pamphlet and giveaway! Literacy Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms

Posted on June 20, 2012 in Inclusion, Literacy, News

Some of you may know that I created a laminated card on the topic of inclusive schooling and autism. The cards are easy to tuck away in lesson plan books or in desk-top drawers, so many teachers told me that they used them as “cheat sheets” for creating adaptations.

Based on feedback from those who liked the size and portability of the card, I decided to create …

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