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.


Day 2: Painted Words: Aspects of Autism Translated

Posted on April 02, 2014 in Autism

Today’s selection is not only one of my teachers, but from one of my friends. However, I am not featuring this book because of that friendship. I am sharing this work because Painted Words is one of the most unique resources out there when it comes to understanding autism “from the inside out”. At first glance, this book does not seem to meet the criteria for this list as it is a poetry collection and an art collection, but Endow also fills this book with compelling prose. Her life stories and experiences are front and center in this text so the reader gets …

Day 1: Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

Posted on April 01, 2014 in Autism

If you have read my work in the last decade or two, you know that it is peppered with quotes from one of my very favorite books, Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson. When I first got a copy of this book, I read it cover to cover and subsequently bought copies for several of my colleagues.

Freaks was one of the first full-length personal accounts written solely by a young person on the spectrum so that made it really unique. However, the reason I was so drawn to the book was the writing. It is so candid and direct, the reader cannot help but …

Speaker Spotlight: Jamie Burke

Posted on April 01, 2014 in Inclusion

I simply cannot express in words how excited we are to bring Jamie Burke back to Chicago. Jamie has presented in our area before but it has been quite a few years, so this is a great opportunity for those who have been wanting to see him but have not yet had the chance.

Jamie is a young man on the autism spectrum who spent the first year of his life without any reliable communication. Using his Lightwriter and typing with the support of his parents and facilitators, Jamie worked hard to learn to type independently and, more recently, to …

Autism Awareness Month: 30 Autobiographies in 30 Days

Posted on March 31, 2014 in Autism

If you have been following me on my blog or on Facebook for a few years, you know that I typically use Autism Awareness Month to highlight 30 different supports, tips, or ideas for learners on the spectrum. Since I have done that for so long, I thought it might be fun to “mix it up” a bit and share wisdom from others instead. Therefore, starting tomorrow, I will be featuring books written by experts. Every day of April I will highlight an autobiography that has had a profound impact on my work.

Without a doubt, autobiographies are my favorite way to learn about autism. I have read well over one hundred of them in my career and have used them in my college courses, in my research, and to guide me in …

Flashback Friday: Bring a chapter to life

Posted on March 28, 2014 in Differentiating Instruction

In our book, From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks, we recommend that teachers create story kits to provide students with a concrete connection to a story or novel. We have used concrete objects to teach everything from To Kill a Mockingbird to Romeo and Juliet to Stellaluna. This strategy, however, is not only for teaching literature. Textbook boxes can also be created. That is, objects related to a given chapter can be collected and used to teach …

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