Tomorrow Is Too Long to Wait for Inclusion

What Inclusion Means to Me

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By Sue Robins Recently, I was asked to speak to all the teachers at my son’s high school about "What Inclusion Means to Me."  There would be about one hundred educators in the audience for their professional development (PD) day.  I sweated out my … [Continue reading]

Thriving in an Inclusive Fitness Setting

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Hello again, after a long absence. Too long! I went missing around here after July 9th. A luxury the site can afford thanks to the great posts from Tim Villegas and various guest bloggers. While away I enjoyed the different offerings provided by an … [Continue reading]

Is 100 Percent Inclusion Right for All Students with Disabilities?

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100 Percent Inclusion Is 100 percent inclusion for students with special needs always possible? Scrolling through my Facebook feed recently, I came across a post by someone in a group I am in that advocates for the "100% Inclusion for individuals … [Continue reading]

7 Ways to Use a Sequential Message Device in the Inclusive Classroom

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Have you ever wondered how to use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices in the classroom? Here are seven quick and easy ways to use a sequential message device in an inclusive environment: Recite Every morning across America, … [Continue reading]

What Do Successful Teachers Do with the First Hour of Their Work Day?

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By Megan Gross Inspired by a recent Fast Company article on the habits of successful business folks during their first hour of work, we asked our colleagues about their morning routines. Although the colleagues we surveyed work in different … [Continue reading]

ParaEducate: A Resource for Inclusive Educators

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ParaEducate In a time when resources for training are slim to nil, it is so important to have a resource for paraprofessionals like ParaEducate (Gross, Marquez, Kurth, & Yamasaki, 2012). Many times, paraprofessionals are on the "front-lines" of … [Continue reading]

The Pursuit of Inclusion: Blazing a Path for Our Son with Prader-Willi Syndrome

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This past year, our son Dean, who has Prader-Willi syndrome, began his preschool career at the ripe old age of 3. Dean, like others his age, was in a “natural environment” program, which met at a daycare with typical and special needs peers. In this … [Continue reading]

Getting Over the Biggest Obstacle to Inclusion

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How do you get over the biggest obstacle to inclusion? In November of 2011, I wrote a blog post for SpecialEducationAdvisor.com about educators getting over the fear of inclusive education. Here is an excerpt. Even under the best of circumstances, … [Continue reading]

You Just Can’t Take Me Anywhere!

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My parents used to say, “We just can’t take you anywhere,” meaning I could not be trusted not to cause a “scene” – and for parents who valued appearances in society as they did, this was quite the denouncement. It has only been four months since I … [Continue reading]

Lesson Planning Tips from a Super Procrastinator

Lesson planning has never been a strength of mine. If you have ever worked with me, then you are aware that I struggle with lesson planning. Organization, time management, in fact, anything to do with paperwork I typically procrastinate because I … [Continue reading]

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