The inclusion-conversation continues with our friend, Kristin Enriquez this week! She is an inclusion expert and educational consultant, who has the unique perspective of both an educator and mom, with her 24+ year career in special education and her ten year old son with Down syndrome. Kristen works with families and educators to ensure that students meet and exceed expectations while making certain that all parties have equal access to support systems for the students. She speaks about various topics in Special Education to the public and through social media with her outreach efforts called Stand for 21.
Last week we focused our conversation on inclusion from an educator’s perspective. Today, we chat about our roles as parents, and as she proved last week, Kristin has so much to teach us. Listen along to learn more about finding your voice as a parent and backing that up with research and resources you can bring to your next IEP meeting!
Research and Resources Mentioned by Kristen:
Down Syndrome Education International: https://www.dseinternational.org/en-us/
Comparison between Mainstream and Special Education: https://www.down-syndrome.org/reports/295/
Challenging the Down Syndrome Profile: https://www.down-syndrome.org/essays/294/
Research Supporting Full Inclusion: https://www.thinkinclusive.us/essential-research-inclusive-education/
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: http://uscode.house.gov/view.xhtml?path=/prelim@title20/chapter33/subchapter1&edition=prelim
“Inclusion is best for everybody.” https://www.includeusfromthestart.com
Keep up with Kristen and “Stand for 21!”
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