08: Fully Including Teens of Different Backgrounds & Disabilities in The Classroom

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Michelle Tetschner is an advocate, mom of three boys, and author of the book, “Fully Included”. One of Michelle’s sons has down syndrome and she set out to help our education system become more inclusive to all different types of people, with or without disabilities, By having more diversity in the world, and especially in the classroom, you open to having a much more compassionate and understanding society.

Key Takeaways

  • Michelle shares some of the benefits of including everyone in the classroom.
  • We’re all perfectly imperfect.
  • Every human being at its core is looking to connect with another human being.
  • Michelle talks about down syndrome for those who might not know what it is.
  • We’re all going to experience a disability at some point in our lives.
  • Celebrate people’s uniqueness.
  • How can parents get involved and support diversity?
  • Disabilities aren’t going away. There’s a good chance your son or daughter will encounter someone with a disability sometime in their life.
  • A majority of students are simply blown away once they really get to know someone that’s slightly different than them.
  • How did Michelle make changes within the school to be more inclusive?
  • Strive to include everyone and make sure there’s a seat for them at the table. It starts with us.

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Resources

Fully Included~Stories to Inspire Inclusion by Michelle Tetschner

Michelle on LinkedIn

Quotes:

“We are all perfectly imperfect. None of us have it all..”

“Am I going to be labeled by my weakness for the rest of my life? It’s not fair. It’s not giving the best of me.”

“Raymond wants you to succeed. He wants you to be happy. He will do everything he can to make you laugh and that’s huge for a friend.”

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