The Gift of Getting Lost

  Recently, I took a  phone call from a parent of a son with an intellectual delay who is in high school. Her son has some academic and social needs but they are not overwhelming. He’s in high school with dreams of his own…and yet there are many barriers for him. That was the reason […]

Our 🌈 Rainbow 🌈 Connection

  In April, during Autism Acceptance Month, we asked one of our mentors who is a BCBA and Managing Director for Proactive Life Skills to write a blog post about autism for us. Kelly Noda is one of the many mentors listed as a resource on our website. Kelly has both parental and professional expertise […]

Encounter Doesn’t Wear Off

    Our One Word for 2019 is Encounter…and here is a story of Encounter that has the kind of depth and understanding that is the perfect crystallization of Encounter…here is a story for those who think inclusion doesn’t matter. In the center of this pic is Mia. She’s wearing her school uniform from St. […]

Inclusion Summit 4!

Hey friends, it is time for Inclusion Summit 4!                             In conjunction with the annual convention of the National Catholic Education Association, The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion is hosting a gathering of educators, parents and advocates who believe in the […]

The FIRE🔥 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri: ❄ Outside,☀ of Inclusion Inside!

                              February 18-20th, 2019 the people who value inclusion in Catholic schools nationwide gathered in Kansas City, Missouri for the FIRE 🔥Conference. As FIRE Director, Lynn Hire, said so well: “We are in America’s heartland, so fitting since we know that […]

Love is Spoken Here ❤️ Our 2nd Inclusive Catholic High School Conference

February 7-8th, 2019, 50 Catholic school educators made their way to San Diego, California to attend our 2nd Inclusive Catholic High School Conference. It’s a leap of faith to take time out of your normal work schedule, watch the emails pile up, push aside the many things aching for your attention, and make space for […]

It’s A Lily Day!!

                      Happy Catholic Schools Week 2019! “It’s a Lily Day” That’s what the students at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic School in Riverside, California cheer when they see their classmate come to school. Lily is a student with Down Syndrome who is fully included in […]

Inclusion Summit 3!

                  So many days we work on our own, feeling alone, wondering if we are the only ones who care about including students with disabilities in Catholic schools. It’s not true. There are so so many good people doing good work all over the United States and […]

Inclusion: The Epiphany for Catholic Schools

                        One of my favorite gifts of going to mass every week listening over the years to the same holy stories told by different priests – sharing their insights and thoughts – is that very ordinary, common stories are given the gift of sunlight […]

Our Word for 2018: Belonging

Happy New Year! Blessings to each of you, inclusion friends. 2017 was a very busy year for The National Catholic Board on Full Inclusion. We collaborated with Dioceses, non-profits, Catholic families, learning support teachers, educators of all stripes and inclusion advocates all over the country. We end our year with a grateful heart and we […]