Category Archives: Inclusion

32. Letting Go. The Right to Independence.

Along with successes come mistakes, for that is how we learn.  It is difficult to understand good unless you have experienced bad, right without wrong.  This never happens with isolation and segregation that restricts and limits exposure to life.  It … Continue reading

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31. Paying It Forward …

Paying it forward…. “I do not pretend to give such a deed; I only lend it to you.  When you meet with another honest Man in similar Distress, you must pay me by lending this Sum to him; enjoining him to … Continue reading

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30. Why Advocating for Your Children Yourself is Always the Best Option.

Creating dependencies on others to do what all parents are capable of doing for themselves is such a disservice to families.   Is the person calling themselves a parent advocate   qualified to act on behalf of others? Everyone should be an … Continue reading

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29. Disability Rights, Culture and the Disability Community

What is disability culture?   It is interesting to note the overall willingness of the disability community, which includes individuals with disabilities and their families, to initially embrace any and all regardless of the type of disability.  Once indoctrinated however there … Continue reading

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28. Collaboration! It’s The Right Thing To Do!

Imagine an IEP meeting where everyone is in agreement.  A meeting where the only time money is mentioned is when the group thanks you for buying the snacks you brought with you.  Imagine a meeting where you feel good about … Continue reading

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27. Fathers As Advocates

I have always prided myself in the fact that from the very beginning I always tried to include all in my efforts to advocate – all disabilities, races, languages and genders.  I have seen the growth and inclusionary practice in … Continue reading

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26. Mr. Hawke’s Top Ten

Many years ago I created what I call Mr. Hawke’s top ten. I think they still hold true today and felt compelled to share them once again.  Reflections of the ESE Policeman 1) The first step of the journey requires dealing … Continue reading

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25. Sometimes Parents Feel Excluded Too!

Over a prolonged period of time the relationship between schools and parents of children with disabilities has become adversarial.  I believe this continues because some parents pass along the negative history they experienced to others, convincing them the only way to … Continue reading

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22. And Off He Went … To College!

We had survived middle school relatively unscathed.  He had those fresh out of college teachers who were excited about their profession and so eager to teach.  My son really benefited from being there.  He entered high school continuing on with … Continue reading

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21. It’s More Than a Job … It’s Who I Am

After my sons’ return to his neighborhood school and being provided the supports he needed in the regular education environment, (Supplementary Aids and Services) he flourished.  He was excelling academically and socially.  He was nominated by his school principal for … Continue reading

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