Volleyball, Inclusion, Awareness and Acceptance

April 2014 – We had Rachel’s official transition to high school meeting. There were 15 people there including Rachel and a variety of teachers, administrators, counselors and case managers from both her middle school and high school plus Jonathan and […]

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Honoring a Teacher Who Get’s It

A few months ago I was invited to write a letter of nomination for one of Rachel’s teachers.  Our school district’s education foundation, Olathe Public Schools Foundation,  presents Excellence in Educator Awards on a monthly basis. There other awards for […]

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What Would I Say 18 Years Later?

Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month!  I think revisiting the question of what I would say to younger parents is a good post to celebrate our friends and loved ones with Down syndrome! Four years ago I wrote a blog called […]

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What will Rachel do Next Year?

We work in the student ministry at our church. A few years back some of the seniors said one of their sources of pressure was everyone asking what they were going to do. Historically, this is a fairly common question […]

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Shakespeare and that Inclusion Thing

Last weekend, Rachel was Strato in her high school’s production of Julius Caesar. If I counted correctly, she had seven lines.  She was scarcely seen until the end when she appeared in a big way in one of the final […]

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Will Rachel be a Teacher?

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week, at our school anyhow.  I thought this would be an appropriate time to do a little catch-up on Rachel’s year. It was about a year ago this time that we found out she would be […]

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Ordinary Advocates Matter & Inclusion Works

I’m a little late with my blog but a couple of weeks ago we did our annual NDSS Buddy Walk® on Washington.  Over 350 people, including 95 self-advocates, from across our nation, most at their own personal expense, descended on […]

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Just Like You and A Senator’s Call

How do I Know It’s You? Reprinted from www.sassysoutherngal.posterous.com October 2012 Friday afternoon those exact words fell out of my mouth.  It was about 3:30. We had picked up Rachel from school and were headed out-of-town to my parents and […]

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Inclusion: Hard Work or Magic Pill?

I have several workshops I do about inclusion. I have done them in a variety of settings. A couple of years ago I decided I was going to add a new opening.  It goes something like this: “This workshop is […]

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Inclusion: The Volleyball Manager

We think one of the biggest positives for Rachel in high school has been her role as the volleyball manager. After her first middle school transition to high school meeting, one of the IEP team members from the high school […]

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