Sharing what you have learned and articles, and information that support your philosophy with the educators can go a long way to fostering their support for inclusion.

I took handouts from seminars I attended, articles about inclusive topics, evidence-based research and I printed them out. I created a 3 ring binder 3 inches thick and had it divided by topic.  This notebook was provided for Sean’s teachers to give them some critical information on inclusion and I also updated ‘Tips for Working with Sean’ each year as different behaviors emerged.


This was the cover page for the binder:

This Notebook and it’s Contents are the

Property of Sandra McElwee

(If found or you have any questions please call _____)

The information contained within are articles written

about Inclusive Education, or Down syndrome and are being provided to anybody that is interested in more information about either.

Permission is granted to photocopy anything contained within this notebook, please do not remove anything permanently.


  1. Tips for Working with Sean
  2. Some Facts about Down syndrome
  3. Frequently Asked Questions about Inclusive School Programs
  4. Paraprofessionals in the Classroom: What Role do They Play?
  5. Neverstreaming
  6. The Special Edge; Dr. Alice Parker, Director of the Special Education Division of the California Department of Education endorses Inclusion
  7. Improving Education, The Promise of Inclusive Schooling
  8. Stocking the Pantry with the Essential Ingredients to Create and Maintain Inclusive Education (2 parts)
  9. Guidelines: Teaming For Successful Inclusion
  10. Building Inclusive Schools
  11. Checklist for Inclusive Schools
  12. Our School Doesn’t Offer Inclusion and Other Legal Blunders
  13. Friendships: Hell-Bent on Helping: Benevolence, Friendship, and the Politics of Help
  14.  Research Supporting Inclusion
  15. National Down Syndrome Society’s Inclusion Study
  16. National Down Syndrome Congress’ Position Paper on Inclusion
  17. Teaching Methods and Measurements for Reading and Math
  18. Going Against the Norm
  19. Integration: Being Realistic Isn’t Realistic
  20. The Need to Belong: Rediscovering Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  21. People First Language; It isn’t Politically Correct, it is Politely Correct
  22. Teaching Children about Disabilities
  23. A Universal Design Process for Differentiating Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  24. Steps for Modifying the Curriculum
  25. Example of Adapting Graphing Lesson
  26. Tying Shoes
  27. Typical Learning Differences
  28. Why Can’t you Understand What I am Saying? Speech Intelligibility in Daily Life
  29. Several Stories, photos of Sean and other miscellaneous items


I added to it each year, and at the end of the school year, before summer began each teacher ceremoniously passed it to the teacher for the following year—Summer Reading! When school started in the fall they didn’t have to figure this whole thing out on their own—which would be a huge learning curve and only delay Sean’s learning further.  I had the information, it was critical to share it with the educators so they would have it too.  I was educating the educators, and guess what? THEY appreciated it…in elementary school.  


For your notebook, there are so many more studies than there were when Sean was in elementary school, and the Internet is a rich library.  Find the items that apply and support your child, and start your own binder.

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