Functional Curriculum: use it or lose it

To celebrate the new school year here are some of my favorite posts: Article 1: Why Do We Go to School? Article 2: Back to School| A New Year of Learning Article 3: Back to School| What is Inclusion? Functional Curriculum When my son Aaron was in school, shopping was...

Supported Employment| Mobile Work Crews

photo credit: Bobasonic In the last post, Memorial Day and People with Disabilities I talked about how Aaron, my son who has autism, worked at a cemetery after he graduated from high school. To the best of my recollection, this is how it worked: The Landscaping Mobile...

Supportive Living: What an inclusive day looks like.

A Good Day! As the number of adults with autism and developmental disabilities rise, many professionals and parents ask me what I am looking for? Will I ever be satisfied? Is it just a pipedream or can we really build an inclusive community around a person with severe...

When Schools Say “NO” to Inclusion

When Schools say “NO” to Inclusion The Inclusive Class Podcast presented a panel with Tom Mihail, Paula Kluth, Torrie Dunlap, Lisa Jo Rudy, Frances Stetson, Kathleen McClaskey and myself. The Title was: “When Schools say ‘NO’ to Inclusion”...

The Animal School| Inclusion and Universal Design

  Many people have a hard time understanding the concepts of independence vs. interdependence, inclusion, multiple intelligences and cooperative learning. I thought a revision of The Animal School by George Reavis might explain it all.* THE ANIMAL SCHOOL Once...

“Superstar Dads”| Changing the World

Anyone can be a Father, but only someone special can be a Dad. (anon.) “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” (Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, 1961.) What is a Father’s “unconditional love”? Many...