Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

I know all the days blur together lately, but a Friday is still a thing, right? This week I’m thinking a lot about the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is coming up on Sunday. In a normal year, I’d be in Washington, DC right now, as I was on the 25th,…

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Travel Promotes Inclusion

As a child, my family prioritized diversity in many ways. My family attended church in a diverse city nearby so that I could access multiple perspectives and backgrounds, learning from those around me. When my grandmother told my mom she wanted me to go to private school, my mom reminded her of the immense benefits…

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Diversity at the Holidays

As a special education teacher who teaches in a primarily inclusive setting, I have had the pleasure of seeing inclusion in its many forms. I have seen students embrace various forms of diversity, acknowledging and celebrating┬ámany types of differences. Children are remarkable in that they are naturally curious, not judgmental, about human differences. They also…

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Broadway Star Uses Voice for Inclusion

Late last week, I came across a New York Times article that told the story of a Broadway star who spoke up for inclusion. During a matinee performance of his show, “The King and I,” a child with autism became disruptive. After hearing so many other audience members complaining loudly, saying things like, “Why would…

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