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Re-imagining Education

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Trusting Family Partnerships

Without a doubt, my children’s educational experiences contributed to their positive post-school outcomes. And, I’m certain that the engaged and trusting relationship that our family experienced with our school community helped pave their ways.

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School is Out...Camp is In!

For many of us, some of our best childhood memories involve summer camp. With a little preparation, the right supports, and inclusive attitudes, all kids can enjoy a summer camp experience.

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Opening Doors

Sometimes you hear an adult talk about a teacher or an adult that changed their life. I know that Mrs. Preto is that for Sabrina.

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Kindergarten Teacher Predicts Life of Possibility

None of this would have been possible without the dream and vision that grew in us from that original note from his kindergarten teacher who saw the person we saw...

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Real Friends

For our kids with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities, it may take a lot of work to find the right friend fit. I suspect more work than most of my friends who have typical kids.

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True Wealth is a Sense of Belonging

We wanted the best school for our child and we found it, because inclusion is much deeper than facilities and programs. Inclusion involves everyone looking beyond what children can’t do based on their circumstances to see instead what they CAN do.

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Teaching Real Life Functional Skills (in English & Spanish)

Thirty plus years of educational research informs us that by immersing students in the richness and diversity of an inclusive educational experience, students are more likely to learn important life skills.

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Designs for Becoming Something More

When one recognizes disability as a mismatch instead of an innate human deficiency, it becomes clear that the solution lies in creating a more flexible, inclusive societal box in which all people are able to fully express potential.

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Five Reasons Why Presuming Competence is ALWAYS a Good Idea

I.Q. and other tests that purport to measure human capacity are terribly flawed. Basing a student’s whole educational career and future on a test score just seems fraught with potential harm.

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