#HowDoYouSeeMe

This year, in honor of World Down Syndrome Day (which was this Monday!), Italian advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi released a touching video which shows famous (neurotypical) actress Olivia Wilde demonstrating all of the ways that she sees herself– as someone who people can rely on, someone who laughs (and occasionally cries), someone who achieves…

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Spotlight on Samuel

“Ms. Hopkins, you know Doctor Who?” Samuel asks me at the end of class about once per week. He always follows this question up with a conversation about a highly specific topic of the BBC show, which I admit I have not yet watched (despite much encouragement from lowed ones). Samuel is one of the most endearing…

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Why We #LOVEinclusion

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Unified Theater, the program that provided me with my first inclusive experience. In February, Unified Theater hosted #LOVEinclusion month to build excitement around inclusion and the ways it has affected our development. Now, I know we are a couple of days late, but we at KIT decided to share…

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When All Kids Get What They Need

I’m going to be really honest about my feelings about inclusion in reading class this school year… I was really nervous. I wasn’t really sure how to give kids the supports they needed to be able to actually read (as in, decode) texts in front of them, while their classmates were moving on to deeper levels…

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Proud to call this man a friend!

As professionals in the disability world, we often hear about the dismal situation for transition planning and services for adults with disabilities. Adults with disabilities have one of the highest unemployment rates of any group in the United States. In many cases, once individuals with disabilities age out of school, they spend more time alone…

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Jack’s Story

Last year, my first year teaching, I had a student in my co-taught math class (whom I will call Jack) who was so painfully shy that I felt guilty for speaking to him; He was so clearly anxious about adult interactions that he would bite his sweatshirt sleeve until there were legitimate holes all over…

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Seeing Each Other as Humans: Sportsmanship

Throughout my life, I have loved this time of year. As a zealous NFL fan (Go Steelers!), I love watching the playoffs as our country prepares for the Super Bowl– the best day of the year for football, commercials, and an amazing concert. (Side note: Did you know that this year’s Super Bowl halftime show…

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Little Italy Restaurante in Anchorage: Thank you for your advocacy!

Little Italy Restaurante in Anchorage, Alaska recently demonstrated solidarity by refusing service. The restaurant stood behind its staff member with a disability, demonstrating that discrimination and disrespect would not be tolerated– by staff or customers. The restaurant’s management chose to value humanity over business. In addition to its extensive dine-in menu consisting of fan-favorite Italian and…

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Thankful for Inclusion

This Thanksgiving, I’ve spent time reflecting on the experiences that have made me who I am today and shaped the values I have. I have been thinking about the path that brought me to the career and the friends I have, as well as the way that I treat and lead others. I am thankful…

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Percy Jackson on Disabilities

Growing up, the only exposure I had to disabilities was through face-to-face conversations and interactions through school- and community-based programs. It felt as though disability culture was shunned from the media. As we have been reading more and more about models with disabilities, dolls with disabilities, and characters in TV shows for adult and child…

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