Tag Archives: Inclusion

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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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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19. They Called me … The Kid

I was beginning to become recognized as a resource for all parents of children with disabilities.  In my interactions with parents I learned about a wide variety of disabilities and how they impacted children’s access to an education.   ( Specific … Continue reading

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