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Expect ExtraOrdinary Education (Facebook page devoted to inclusive education)

Expect ExtraOrdinary Communities (Facebook page devoted to inclusive lives)

The insignificant, ordinary moments in life can be meaningful opportunities for growth.  My Facebook friend, Kathy Reed, shared a simple story.   

So yesterday Sophie looked all grown up. And today she looks like a pixie bubba again.

It's funny t...

February 3, 2019

As people with disabilities, we want to have a good time. Sometimes that means taking a break from therapies.  We need to have a fun summer like our friends and our classmates. 
    Having a good time could mean many things. Sometimes therapy could be a good time...

We are midway through the last year of “regular” high school and here is what I wish an experienced "Special Needs" mom had said to me when we started:

• It will be great and awful. You will watch great progress and painful isolation. You may see that the world closes u...

August 11, 2018

Gannon is in a 3rd grade mainstream class with a 1:1 nurse/intervener. He is unlike any student in his class or school building, for that matter (in regard to his different abilities and medical needs). One thing I always notice is that he really is more like his peer...

March 19, 2018

Change a tire. Communicate in ASL. Fix a broken garbage disposal. Start a campfire. Remember names. Wear shoes with more than a 1” heel. Have a meaningful conversation about sports. Keep my cuticles in satisfactory condition. Know what I’m doing next week. Remember wha...

I spent the day visiting a couple of different service providers that serve adults with disabilities. There are some incredible leaders working hard to do great things in the disability community. I learned a lot, and some of it was not easy to process. The Illinois se...

February 25, 2018

A couple of weeks ago my mother and I were shopping for gifts at the local store of a major retail chain. While she looked for one gift, I went in search of an outfit for my friend’s new baby.  Not finding that section I asked a sales associate. She told me that the ba...

July 5, 2017

This weekend Alina won a bronze in long jump and Meg won silver in both the 200 and the 800m run. Meg's 800 was her best time yet at 6:03. I specifically wore my "Nevertheless She Persisted" shirt today because I believe it describes the essence of who Meg and Alina an...

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