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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URGENT: Action needed in Illinois

Posted on March 26, 2013 in Families, Inclusion, News

If you have not yet heard the news, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently passed a proposal that would lift formal class size limitations on special education classrooms and allow all decisions on class size limits to be made at the local level.

We need to FLOOD the ISBE with our comments, feedback, and protests on this one, folks. We need to respond “early and often” in the next 3 weeks and do all we can to ensure that our teachers and our students get what they need to succeed.

The impact on inclusive schooling would be…

We Have Winners!

Posted on March 18, 2013 in News

The week of tips from Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? is over and we have selected the three winners!!

Congratulations to:

  • Jessica Stakey
  • Jane Bagus
  • Juanita White

Winners – please email us and provide the “snail mail” address where you would like your book shipped, and we will pop these in the mail to you ASAP.

Thanks to all of you who shared comments and ideas last week. It was fantastic to see how…

Take Off the Blindfold

Posted on March 16, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 1, idea #3 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

Inclusive schools are not just places where we educate students with and without disabilities. In the best of circumstances, they are places where we inspire learners to think differently about ability. Disability awareness lessons done right can help teachers do this. Unfortunately, most disability awareness activities are not done right.

When most awareness activities are planned, they focus on simulations (e.g., letting students spend time in a wheelchair, blindfolding students to let them “experience” blindness) or on information about disability categories. If you really want to strengthen your inclusive school, however, consider…

Remember that Special Education is NOT a Place

Posted on March 13, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 3, idea #16 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

My first boss, a director of special education, had a sign over his door declaring “Special Education is Not a Place”. His philosophy was clear to anyone who visited him.

This motto is clever but it also communicates a “big idea” that is commonly lost in conversations about…

Ask, “Are We Inclusive?”

Posted on March 11, 2013 in Inclusion, News

From Section 3, idea #2 of Don’t We Already Do Inclusion?

If you want to know the answer to this question, ask it. Ask parents, students, teachers, and administrators.

Even though all American schools are expected to follow the same federal law, schools from town to town, district to district, and state to state would answer that question very differently.

If you ask a large group of stakeholders, you are likely to…

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