Notes from Nashville – A City That Provides A Continuum of Inclusion

If you have a disability and want to live an inclusive life, you need a community that welcomes you. You need schools that fully include you. You need employment that is both competitive and integrated. You need living options that are inclusive. You need what Dr. Erik Carter so powerfully describes as something more than […]

The Blessings of Birmingham

Catholic school teachers in a nutshell: A Soul Generated By Love, A Heart Full of Grace Over the summer, many schools and families reached out to the National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion…asking for help, wondering about schools that offered a welcome, trying to find someplace that might open the doors to their child. The […]

The Revolution of Tenderness: Inclusion Summit 2

I woke up this morning, ready for the rush of getting kids off to school, coordination of after-school activities and the regular business of a school day when I was stopped by a TED Talk by the Pope. Using social media as his personal megaphone, Pope Francis got his message out into the wide world. […]

Lent: Fighting Indifference – Seeing The Ones In The Shadows

On the eve of Catholic Schools Week, our president issued an executive order that summarily prohibited any entrance from any person from seven majority muslim nations into our country. As Catholics, our organization stood in solidarity with those that were excluded. We stand with refugees. We stand with immigrants. We must be the voice for […]

In 2017, Let’s Build A Path

Cheers to 2017! There is so much to be grateful for in this amazing year of inclusion in Catholic schools. So many advocacy organizations grew or even launched this year. Congratulations to One Classroom – the organization supporting Catholic schools and Catholic families in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri. http://www.one-classroom.com/ To the brand new […]

Gratitude in Motion

Happy Thanksgiving from The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion! Wishing you the joy of time with families. Delicious food. Cozy moments. Peace. And a full heart. Today, we stop and consider all of our many blessings…but more than that, we honor the people who live their gratitude every single day. Thank you to those […]

Down Syndrome Awareness Month + Respect Life Month = Bending the Arc

If you have someone you love that has Down Syndrome, you spend the month of October smiling. Why? Because people with Down Syndrome are everywhere…all over the media, in my newsfeed on Facebook, written about in blogs or magazine articles. Everywhere people are sharing the joy and the light that is the fingerprint of people […]

Born Ready

Today we celebrate our first collaborative post with the CEO of Kids Included Together, Torrie Dunlap. A few weeks ago we were both lamenting the difficulties of creating an inclusive environment in our world and we both kept hearing the word “ready”…from The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion’s side, the families are ready…sometimes the […]

Radical Hospitality

Just a few days ago, I flew to Jacksonville, Florida to speak at the 2016 Catholic Educator Conference on Exceptional Student Education put on by IBCCES (International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Services) and the Diocese of St. Augustine…in particular, it was spearheaded and created as the personal vision of Kelly Noda. She had […]

Bella Part 2: What Do The Kids Have To Say?

Do you remember Bella? Bella is an 8th grader at St. Pius V Catholic School in Buena Park, California. According to her mother, Ana, Bella spent the majority of her early years suffering from refractory epilepsy. She was a non-verbal autistic and was in an extremely restrictive school environment. With the use of the Rapid […]