Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the Inclusion Network online community.
I first became a "born again inclusionist" after hearing Marsha Forest share her stories of Judith Snow and her vision at the 1990 Memphis Down Syndrome Conference. Then a month later I was fortunate to get into a small conference in a retreat center in Dayton, Ohio to spend time with David Hasbury and a teacher named Mary. The following two years I attended the same retreat center to spend time with Marsha and Jack and also got to meet Judith at the International TASH Conference in Chicago. I have always been happy for those early opportunities that came at such an important time in the early life of my daughter Erin.
What would you like to contribute to this community? What would you like to receive?
I want to be part of the conversation - listen and share.
How did you hear about this community?
I was looking at the Inclusion Network site and saw the invitation at the bottom. I was happy to see so many old friends and mentors in the network.
What are some of the questions you'd like to explore, or conversations you'd like to have with others in this community?
As my friend Candee always asks, "How can we change the world?" On a more specific note, "How do we inspire parents of young children?" I don't see the passion any more. In fact, I actually see parents moving away from inclusion, or at least inclusion as it has been defined and bastardized by schools, systems, agencies, and governments. How do we bring them back to the real vision of inclusion?
Hello, Barb. Where can I purchase another copy of your book Reflections of Erin? I would like to loan it to her team of teachers for 8th grade next year so they can see where I'm coming from in pressing for an inclusive education for my daughter.