Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day always causes me to reflect on the founding of KIT. Started by a mother (Gayle Slate) who was inspired by her own experience parenting a child with a disability in a not-very-welcoming world, who then became a marriage and family therapist so she could help other parents, KIT has always been fueled by…

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May the Fourth Be With You!

May the Fourth Be With You! What is “the force,” you ask? “Well, the Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.” ―Obi-Wan Kenobi The FORCE has definitely been with KIT lately! One year ago today Kat…

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Awesome Young People

Happy Friday! This week my passion was fueled by young people! A couple of experiences this week reminded me that the hope for a more inclusive world rests in our children and youth. This is the reason why KIT focuses on kids- because kids who grow up in inclusive settings will become inclusive adults. I…

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A Parent’s Experience

Friday Greetings! As you all well know, when you are working on significant social change, cutting through the noise is very difficult. And the world is very, very noisy these days. We wonder, “How will we get people to pay attention? How will we bring more and more people around to understanding disability as a…

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Purple Up for Military Kids!

Greetings! As I shared last week, April is also the Month of the Military Child.  This dedicated month is a time to recognize and appreciate military children for their service and sacrifice. Military children live with on-going challenges presented by frequent moves, family separations, and life transitions. They move 6-9 times during their K-12 years. In…

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Autism Acceptance Month

Happy April, Everyone! April has two big events that fuel our passion. April features both Autism Acceptance Month and the Month of the Military Child. Both are worth celebrating, in our book! Since April 2nd was the annual UN-sanctioned World Autism Day, I want to focus on that first. We’ll talk about our passion for military-connected…

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This month in photos

This week, as many of you are celebrating holidays, I’ll keep it short and share some recent pics from training events around the world. March is a very busy month at KIT! Our trainers often check in by sharing photos with each other, and I am happy to be able to share them with you.…

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KIT Trainers on the road & #WDSD18

Happy Spring & Happy World Down Syndrome Day! World Down Syndrome Day is a UN-sanctioned holiday that happens every March 21st. It is always a meaningful day for me as my journey to KIT began with a talented 10-year-old boy with Down syndrome. I wrote a short post about it here on the KIT blog…

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Ready for College!

Greetings! Today I want to start with a #FlashbackFriday. Last December many of us gathered in San Diego to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of KIT and to dive into current trends in inclusive practice. One of our favorite parts of the day was a presentation by our board member Beth Foraker and her son Patrick about…

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Presenting at SXSWEdu

What a week! For me, it started in Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest Education conference (SXSWedu). There were 6,000 teachers, administrators, and supporters of education- from early childhood to higher ed- in attendance this year. With a strong culture of innovation, SXSWedu is where the most progressive conversations about education are taking place.…

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