Options are Open Doors

Who else heard as a child, “In or out!” As the screen door banged against the frame for the umpteenth time?

Why did we rush back and forth so many times? Drinks of water or Koolaid? Bathroom?  Just to take a minute to cool off from the hot, humid air? One more toy, prop, or idea?

In. Or. Out.

This is firmly a “grown-up” attitude. One or the Other.

Remember the days when you would flit between ideas, between worlds, between ambitions? Then came the applications and classes and cubicles that narrowed their eyes at you and said

Empathy & Inclusion, Is it Equal or Is it Fair?

1 in 700

theatre2When my son was born I read that 1 in 700 babies are born with Down syndrome. That statistic reassured me. I mean, that’s a lot of people. Surely every American at least knows someone who knows someone with Down syndrome.

It turns out, The Global Down Syndrome Foundation says that 38% of all Americans personally know someone with Down syndrome. I don’t really get that because the

Coming Out of the “Special School” Closet (Again)

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Let’s talk a little about my view from the private-special-school-closet where I wave outside but often wait to tell other advocates/parents of our choice to enroll Marcus in a “special school.”

Benefits of Inclusion in the Public Schools

 

I admit, there is absolutely no doubt, inclusion of students with special needs in the general-ed classrooms which offer a safe and positive environment are beneficial to all of the students and community. I am familiar with the research that shows students in inclusive classrooms are often more