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Erin McKenzie Virtual Welcoming Space

Articles (Online and Print)

Burris, Carol Corbett and Welner, Kevin G. "Closing the achievement gap by detracking.Phi Delta Kappan, April 2005.

Davern, Linda, Sapon-Shevin, Mara, et. al. "Drawing distinctions between coherent and fragmented efforts at building inclusive schools." Equity & Excellence in Education, 30 (3), December 1997: 31-39.

Jorgensen, Cheryl M. "Essential questions - Inclusive Answers."Educational Leadership, Dec. 1994/Jan. 1995: 52-55.

Kunc, Norman. "Integration: Being realistic isn't realistic."Canadian Journal for Exceptional Children, 1 (1), 1984.Available online. 

Kunc, Norman. "The Need to belong: Rediscovering Maslow's hierarchy of needs." Restructuring for Caring & Effective Education, 1992. Available online.

"Lessons from the life of Erin McKenzie." Speakout: Colorado's Information Newsletter for Children with Disabilities, Winter 2004. Available online.

O'Neil, John. "On tracking and individual differences: A conversation with Jeannie Oakes.Educational Leadership, 50 (2), October 1992.

Rossetti, Zach and Carol Tashie. "Outing the prejudice: Making the least dangerous assumption.The Communicator: Newsletter of the Autism National Committee, 2002.

Tashie, Carol and Zach Rossetti. "Friendship, What's the real problem?" TASH Connections, 30 (#1/2): January/February 2004. 

Online Resources - Disabilities

A Small Group 

The Mission of A Small Group is: "We are committed to the creation of a restorative and reconciled community. Our strategy is to discover ways to engage the disengaged through working with existing associations and through direct invitation. Our work focuses on direct efforts to bring into conversation those groups of people who are not in relationship with each other. By this we mean to offer powerful tools and strategies of civic possibility, civic accountability and civic commitment; thus increasing the power of associations to engage citizens in their efforts." Their website includes podcasts and recordings of Peter Block and John McKnight."

Basford, Candee. Art of Possibility Press

"Along with visual art, I also engage in the art of advocacy, the art of presenting and the art of facilitating person centered planning, action learning groups, conversations and actions dedicated to creating communities, schools, organizations, and workplaces that embrace all citizens, including those whose lives are diminished because of continued prejudices toward people with disabilities."

Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas 

"Through excellence in research, teaching and technical assistance, and service in Kansas, the United States of America, and globally, and through collaborations with those individuals and entities dedicated to the same ends, the Beach Center on Disability will make a significant and sustainable difference in the quality of life of families and individuals affected by disability and of those who are closely involved with them."

Brookes Publishing Co.
"For 30 years, Brookes has published highly respected resources in early childhood, early intervention, inclusive and special education, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, communication and language, behavior, and mental health."

Center on Human Policy, Law and Disability Studies at Syracuse University
"The Center on Human Policy (CHP) is a Syracuse University based policy, research, and advocacy organization involved in the national movement to insure the rights of people with disabilities. Since its founding, the Center has been involved in the study and promotion of open settings (inclusive community opportunities) for people with disabilities."

Disability is Natural
"The Disability is Natural web site is brought to you by BraveHeart Press, the family-owned business of Kathie Snow. The mission of this site is to encourage new ways of thinking about disability and to help create a society in which all people are valued and included."

Giangreco, Michael
"I am a Professor at The University of Vermont (UVM). I am assigned to the Department of Education and the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion. My professional interests focus on how to plan, adapt, coordinate, implement, and evaluate educational programs and services for students with disabilities who are included in general education classrooms."

Inclusion Press/Inclusion Network/Marsha Forest Centre
"Inclusion is a life long process. It is not a place or a quick fix. On this life journey, we must discover ways to move forward and to regain strength so we do not lose our way. Listening to stories of other's journeys are powerful rechargers."

Institute on Disability/UCED, University of New Hampshire
"The Institute on Disability/UCED (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire was established in 1987 to provide a coherent university-based focus for the improvement of knowledge, policies, and practices related to the lives of persons with disabilities and their families. The IOD advances policies and systems changes, promising practices, education, and research that strengthen communities and ensure full access, equal opportunities, and participation for all persons."

Kluth, Paula
"This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners."

Kunc, Norman and Emma Van der Klift
"Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift provide keynote addresses, workshops, professional in-service and training in the areas of inclusive education, employment equity, conflict resolution, and other disability rights issues."

Mooney, Jonathan. Short Bus Trailer.
A trailer for a documentary on normalcy in American culture. Features Short Bus author Jonathan Mooney.

National Down Syndrome Coalition
"Our mission is simple to demonstrate to society the positive impacts of Down syndrome with various forms of media, parent support groups, parent counseling, provision of resources, community outreach, and with the education and training of parents and professionals."

O'Brien, John and O'Brien, Connie. Responsive Systems Associates
"Connie Lyle O'Brien and John O'Brien spend much of their working lives under the umbrella of Responsive Systems Associates on projects involving a network of people who cooperate in building local capacity to include people with substantial disabilities in all aspects of community life."

"We are a diverse group representing persons with labels of disability, parents of someone who has been labeled with a disability, and people who work for change within a system and within their neighborhoods, villages and cities. One common theme is our desire to take part in joyful, life-sharing communities that value the presence and participation of all of its members."

PEAK Parent Center
"Mission of PEAK Parent Center of Colorado Springs: To ensure that individuals with disabilities lead rich, active lives and participate as full members of their schools and communities."

Robinson, Sir Ken. TED Conference 2006
"Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence."

"TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm. TASH is an organization of members concerned with human dignity, civil rights, education, and independence for all individuals with disabilities. TASH believes that no one with a disability should be forced to live, work, or learn in a segregated setting; that all individuals deserve the right to direct their own lives. TASH 's mission is to eliminate physical and social obstacles that prevent equity, diversity, and quality of life."

Think College
"Think College is an initiative of the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston. ICI has been a leader in the area of postsecondary education for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for over ten years. As interest in postsecondary education for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities has expanded, so has the need for research and training in this area. ICI currently has three federal grants designed to conduct research, training, and technical assistance for professionals, families, and students related to postsecondary education for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities."

Wilkins, Dan. The Nth Degree 
"This site is about enlightened self-interest, yours, mine, everyone's; about recognizing today's injustices and tomorrow's possibilities. We ALL need to find connection with the struggle for equity and respect for ALL people. Take ownership, and work to create a more understanding and supportive world. There is a wealth of wisdom and knowledge out there regarding ways of improving the world ... our schools, businesses, communities ... for all of us, including people living with disabilities and much of it can be found in the voices and stories of Disability Culture. This site is a connection to some of those voices and stories."

Online Resources - Theatre

CAPA (Columbus, OH) 
"Founded in 1969, CAPA has achieved international recognition over the past three decades for the diversity of its performing arts and entertainment programming, its dramatic restoration of historic theatres, its excellence in facility management, and its contributions to quality of life and vibrant downtowns."

Columbus Children's Theatre (CCT)
"CCT has been nurturing future artists and future audiences for theatre since 1963. CCT touches the lives of over 100,000 children each year through its three major programs CCT Childrens Theatre Series, CCT Academy, and CCT Professional Touring Company."

Curtain Players
"Ohio's award-winning little theater in the countrysideserving the greater Northeast Columbus Area including Westerville, New Albany, Sunbury and Big Walnut."

Ohio Community Theatre Association
Information on community theatre organizations throughout the State of Ohio. Spotlights area theatre organizations, gives directions, programs, and other information.

Otterbein University. Department of Theatre and Dance
Information about the department, its faculty, programs, and upcoming events.

Online Resources - Native Americans

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)- 

"The National Museum of the American Indian is...the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice."

Wisdom of the Elders (WOTE)
"Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. [is a] not for profit corporation located in Portland, Oregon, committed to Native American cultural preservation, education, and race reconciliation. Working in collaboration with diverse cultural organizations and educational institutions, we record and preserve oral tradition and cultural arts of exemplary indigenous elders, historians, storytellers and song carriers in order to regenerate the greatness of culture among native peoples today and future generations."

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