New potentials: Rethinking disability through my sister’s eyes

by Lisa Tolentino September 22, 2011 Lisa Tolentino is an interaction designer, experimental percussionist, and Media Arts and Sciences doctoral student through the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME) at Arizona State University. Lisa leads a team of special education teachers, designers, and education researchers to create interactive game-like scenarios where youth with interpersonal challenges (like those in autism) can exercise … [Read more...]

Forming Inclusive Classrooms

by Gayle Hernandez Adapted from a blog posting on The Inclusive Class, this post is the result of a conversation between Gayle Hernandez and her colleague and friend Nicole Eredics. We asked Gayle and Nicole if we could share it as an excellent description of the kinds of thinking, planning, and communication that are second nature to truly inclusive teachers. Gayle teaches in Canada, so some of the administrative titles and wording may seem … [Read more...]

Inclusion in Action: Good Morning!

by Nicole EredicsNicole Eredics is an inclusive elementary educator, a parent advocate and community support group leader. She currently hosts Inclusive Classrooms on the Talking Special Needs Network on blog talk radio. Nicole has developed and discovered many valuable resources for parents, teachers and schools that focus on the inclusion of special needs children in the classroom. Adapted from http://inclusiveclass.blogspot.com/I have spent a considerable … [Read more...]

Implementing Inclusion in Charter Schools

by Dr. Chloé MarshallDr. Chloé Marshall is Principal of Imagine Hope charter school's Tolson campus, serving students in pre-K through 8th grades in Northeast Washington, DC. She has committed her life to advancing the academic and social agenda of all students. In this guest blog for NICHCY, she describes the ways in which she supports inclusive practices in one urban charter school.Imagine . . .Imagine a landscape of dancing lilies, billowing … [Read more...]

My Story

by guest blogger David Egan Distribution Clerk at Booz Allen Hamilton and Advocate for People with Disabilities Cross-posted with permission from Disability.gov I recently shared my story as a speaker at the Alliance for Full Participation Summit in November, and today I would like to post some of my thoughts and experiences on Disability.Blog. My name is David Egan, and I have been an employee of Booz Allen Hamilton for 15 years. I believe … [Read more...]

The Case for Inclusion: Does All Really Mean All?

Guest post: Tim Villegas is a special educator and inclusion advocate. His Think Inclusive website and blog are intended to create a bridge between educators, parents, and advocates. This guest post represents Tim's perspective and does not necessarily reflect the full range of options for service delivery in IDEA.  ******************************************************************************************************** The good ole days of exclusion. Things … [Read more...]

The Case for Inclusion (Part Two): What Does Inclusion Look Like?

Guest post: Tim Villegas is a special educator and inclusion advocate. His Think Inclusive website and blog are intended to create a bridge between educators, parents, and advocates. This guest post represents Tim’s perspective and does not necessarily reflect the full range of options for service delivery in IDEA.  A version of this post was originally published at Ollibean. This is the second of a three-part series. Back to top Part … [Read more...]

The Case For Inclusion (Part Three): Sea Change

Guest post: Tim Villegas is a special educator and inclusion advocate. His Think Inclusive website and blog are intended to create a bridge between educators, parents, and advocates. This guest post represents Tim’s perspective and does not necessarily reflect the full range of options for service delivery in IDEA.  A version of this post was originally published at Ollibean. This concludes the three-part series.Connecting to general educationThe … [Read more...]

Infusing disability studies into the general curriculum

Just as there is a recognized need to include more children with disabilities into the general education classroom, with access to the general curriculum, there is also a need to infuse that same curriculum with more discussion of disabilities themselves. This 12-page guide provides tips and resources about how to start thinking, talking, and teaching about the meaning and experience of children with disabilities in our schools. (posted February … [Read more...]

Inclusion’s effect on nondisabled students

This 12-page report, Inclusion and the Other Kids: Here’s What the Research Shows so Far About Inclusion’s Effect on Nondisabled Students, tackles the question of how inclusion of students with disabilities affects the other students in the class (who do not have disabilities). The report summarizes the growing body of research that suggests that nondisabled students can gain a number of important benefits from relationships with their disabled … [Read more...]

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