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Disability rights is the next frontier in civil rights. We believe education is the key to building an inclusive society and ensuring that all students are given an equal opportunity.

The Inclusive Education Project Podcast, hosted by Special Education and Civil Rights attorneys, Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett, offers a fresh, smart perspective on what it takes to truly make our educational systems and communities inclusive.

Tune in each week as Amanda and Vickie share insight on topics ranging from education reform to advocating for equal rights for all students, and participating in modern activism. This show will also offer user-friendly resources to help you and your family navigate the educational playing field.

Inclusive Education Project (IEP) Podcast Inclusive Education Project

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    • 4.7 • 66 Ratings

Disability rights is the next frontier in civil rights. We believe education is the key to building an inclusive society and ensuring that all students are given an equal opportunity.

The Inclusive Education Project Podcast, hosted by Special Education and Civil Rights attorneys, Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett, offers a fresh, smart perspective on what it takes to truly make our educational systems and communities inclusive.

Tune in each week as Amanda and Vickie share insight on topics ranging from education reform to advocating for equal rights for all students, and participating in modern activism. This show will also offer user-friendly resources to help you and your family navigate the educational playing field.

    How to Prep for Learing Success!

    How to Prep for Learing Success!

    Today's episode is a replay of one of our most requested episodes. Enjoy!
    We were recently featured on Dr. Karen Wilson’s Diverse Thinking Different Learning podcast. Today’s episode is a replay of that conversation where we discuss what parents can do over the summer to help prepare their child for a successful upcoming school year. Whether your child has been in a summer school program or on a mental health break over the summer, there are specific things you can do to ensure that your child’s IEP, 504 Plan, or evaluations are in place for success in learning. Join us to learn more!
    Show Highlights:
    How pandemic trauma has affected our children in diverse waysWhy children can be eligible for support even if they don’t have an official diagnosisWhy navigating the system can be so tricky for parentsWhy an assessment is the fundamental first step when there is any suspicion of a disability or any learning challengeHow at-home learning during the pandemic can give clues to parents about their child’s learning style and possible difficultiesWhat services are available through an IEP and 504 PlanHow parents need to handle any pushback for assessment through the school systemAdvice for parents about preparing for the next school yearWhy it’s totally acceptable to give your child a mental break over the summerHow to foster a partnership with the school district about solving your child’s problems in accessing education
    Thank you for listening! 
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    If you enjoyed this episode and believe in our message, then please help us get the word out about this podcast. Rate and Review this show in Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or Google Play. It helps other listeners find this show.
    Be sure to connect with us and reach out with any questions/concerns:
    Facebook
    Instagram–We are doing videos on Instagram, so connect with us there and send us your questions!
    Twitter
    IEP website
    Email us: admin@iepcalifornia.org  
    This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not to be construed as legal advice specific to your circumstances. If you need help with any legal matters, be sure to consult with an attorney regarding your specific needs.

    • 46 min
    Progress Reports—You SHOULD Be Getting Them Regularly!

    Progress Reports—You SHOULD Be Getting Them Regularly!

    We are in that crazy time when the first half of the school year is almost over. Our focus in today’s show is on what parents should be doing right now to prepare for the next semester. Progress reports are essential to update parents about how their student is doing with the accommodations in place, and you should be receiving these from the school. Let’s take a closer look!
    Show Highlights:
    Why parents should be getting progress reports on IEP goals since their last meetingHow a progress report lets you know if your child’s accommodations are on track or need adjustmentsWhy the parents, teachers, and IEP team have to be on the same page about accommodations, terminology, progress reports, etc. How the IEP can specify different accommodations for different subjects that middle/high school students takeWhy parents shouldn’t hesitate to check in and ask for progress reports if the school isn’t providing them
    Links/Resources:
    Contact us on social media or through our website for more information on the IEP Learning Center: www.inclusiveeducationproject.org   
    Thank you for listening! 
    Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show to receive every new episode delivered straight to your podcast player every Tuesday.
    If you enjoyed this episode and believe in our message, then please help us get the word out about this podcast. Rate and Review this show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or Google Play. It helps other listeners find this show.
    Be sure to connect with us and reach out with any questions/concerns:
    Facebook
    Instagram–We are doing videos on Instagram, so connect with us there and send us your questions!
    Twitter
    IEP website
    Email us: admin@iepcalifornia.org

    • 18 min
    Dr. Karen Wilson Returns for Q & A

    Dr. Karen Wilson Returns for Q & A

    Hello! We are always thrilled when Dr. Karen Wilson takes the time to visit with us on the podcast. This is a collaboration episode that will also air on her podcast, Diverse Thinking - Different Learning. Together with Dr. Karen, we are addressing some of the most common IEP-related questions in an effort to inform and educate parents. Join us to learn more!
    Dr. Karen Wilson is a clinical neuropsychologist who specializes in pediatric assessments. She evaluates kids from age 4 through early adulthood where a struggle to learn indicates a suspected neurodevelopmental disorder. She figures out whether the problem is executive functioning, attention deficit, or inappropriate instruction. By evaluating various areas, she can pinpoint the reason for the struggle and formulate a plan for success for the child at home and school. 
    Show Highlights:
    Does my child need a diagnosis to get accommodations at school?What a parent should do to request an assessment/accommodationsWhat should parents do when they approach the teacher with concerns, but the teacher discourages an assessment?If I, as a parent, do not agree with the school’s assessment results and believe that something else is going on, what are my options?How an Individualized Educational Evaluation (IEE) can qualify a child for services in 13 different categoriesIf my child has a private assessment that shows a learning disability, do I request another IEP meeting with this data, or what is the next step?How a parent can ask for reimbursement for private evaluations/services and reconsideration for accommodations in schoolWhy the federal and state education laws only apply to federally-funded schools, but private school students can still access public school services (i.e., Parents who have chosen private education have not “given up” their rights to public school services.)If the school is recommending support that is not evidence-based, can I push back to ensure that my child gets an evidence-based intervention, and what should that look like?
    Links/Resources
    Contact us on social media or through our website for more information on the IEP Learning Center: www.inclusiveeducationproject.org   
    Thank you for listening! 
    Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show to receive every new episode delivered straight to your podcast player every Tuesday.
    If you enjoyed this episode and believe in our message, then please help us get the word out about this podcast. Rate and Review this show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or Google Play. It helps other listeners find this show.
    Be sure to connect with us and reach out with any questions/concerns.
    Facebook
    Instagram–We are doing videos on Instagram, so connect with us there and send us your questions!
    Twitter
    IEP website
    Email us: admin@iepcalifornia.org 
    Connect with Dr....

    • 35 min
    The Therapeutic Inclusion Program with Michael Murray and Laura Balogh

    The Therapeutic Inclusion Program with Michael Murray and Laura Balogh

    Welcome! We are always excited to have expert guests on the show because we like to learn from them just like our listeners. Our conversation today is with Michael Murray and Laura Balogh, co-authors of The Therapeutic Inclusion Program: Establishment and Maintenance in Public Schools. Join us to learn more!
    Michael Murray has worked in therapeutic education for 20 years. He started as a paraprofessional and transitioned to being a teacher and therapist working with kids with significant social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. His experience has been in both non-public and public schools. 
    Laura Balogh started in the early childhood field of general education. She transitioned to special education and ran a language-based program until she met and teamed up with Mike to start a therapeutic inclusion program in public schools. Even today, she describes herself as a public school special education teacher who works with kids with social and emotional challenges. 
    Show Highlights:
    The purpose behind the unique structure of Michael and Laura’s new book, The Therapeutic Inclusion ProgramWhy inclusion often brings chaos and confusion to educatorsThe selling points of a therapeutic inclusion programHow a true therapeutic inclusion program is defined and structuredHow Michael and Laura envision their book being used for the most benefit with the therapeutic supervision modelHow inclusion should take place in real-life situationsLaura and Michael share a touching success story with a particular student in the therapeutic inclusion program

    Links/Resources:
    Check out Michael and Laura’s book:  The Therapeutic Inclusion Program
    Contact us on social media or through our website for more information on the IEP Learning Center: www.inclusiveeducationproject.org   
    Thank you for listening! 
    Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show to receive every new episode delivered straight to your podcast player every Tuesday.
    If you enjoyed this episode and believe in our message, then please help us get the word out about this podcast. Rate and Review this show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or Google Play. It helps other listeners find this show.
    Be sure to connect with us and reach out with any questions/concerns:
    Facebook
    Instagram–We are doing videos on Instagram, so connect with us there and send us your questions!
    Twitter
    IEP website
    Email us: admin@iepcalifornia.org 

    • 30 min
    The Science Behind Cannabis Therapy for Special Needs with Janna Champagne

    The Science Behind Cannabis Therapy for Special Needs with Janna Champagne

    Welcome! Today’s show focuses on the controversial topic of cannabis use, specifically for those with autism. The proven health and behavior benefits are mind-boggling! Join us to learn more and have your eyes opened to a new perspective!
    Janna Champagne is a special needs parent of a daughter who is 20. Janna’s journey with her daughter included a lot of misinterpretation by the school system about her daughter’s academic abilities, mainly because she didn’t speak until age 10. Janna began homeschooling about a decade ago, and her daughter graduated high school with a diploma last year. Janna’s professional career took her into the nursing field, as she worked to target the underlying physical imbalances found in autism that are often overlooked by mainstream healthcare. This led to her interest in cannabis therapy, and she became a cannabis patient, grower, and consultant working with thousands of patients. Now, Janna is a retired nurse who teaches medical professionals about cannabinoid science and debunks the stigma around cannabis use. She stays busy as an educator, presenter, and speaker on the topic of cannabis. 
    Show Highlights:
    The science of the medical use of cannabis in promoting homeostasis, or optimal health balanceHow Janna turned to cannabis as an alternative to opioids when she was diagnosed with autoimmune lupus–and saw remarkable resultsHow cannabis helped her daughter during puberty crisis, a common issue for those with autismJanna’s experience in seeing unbelievable improvement in hospice cancer patients due to cannabis therapyThe big improvements in Janna’s daughter due to cannabis use along with other therapiesWhat the laws, both at federal and state levels, say about cannabis useHow Janna started her research about cannabisWhat the research shows about cannabis use in younger children with autism for symptom management, anxiety, depression, etc.Why medical professionals don’t know about the benefits of cannabis and don’t understand the scienceWhere parents can begin in considering cannabis therapy for their child
    Links/Resources
    Contact us on social media or through our website for more information on the IEP Learning Center: www.inclusiveeducationproject.org   
    Thank you for listening! 
    Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the show to receive every new episode delivered straight to your podcast player every Tuesday.
    If you enjoyed this episode and believe in our message, then please help us get the word out about this podcast. Rate and Review this show on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, or Google Play. It helps other listeners find this show.
    Be sure to connect with us and reach out with any questions/concerns:
    Facebook
    Instagram–We are doing videos on Instagram, so connect with us here and send us your questions!
    Twitter
    IEP website
    Email us: admin@iepcalifornia.org

    Connect with...

    • 24 min
    The Special Needs Mom Podcast with Kara Ryska [Encore Edition]

    The Special Needs Mom Podcast with Kara Ryska [Encore Edition]

    Today's show is a special encore episode of our interview with Kara Ryska. It has been one of our top downloaded episodes and you will understand why when you listen. Enjoy!
    We’re so happy to have Kara Ryska with us today! Kara is local to SoCal and has her own podcast that we think you will find very helpful. In this episode, Kara shares how her journey propelled her to become a life coach to specifically help other special needs moms. We’re sure you’ll find encouragement and inspiration as you listen!
    Show Highlights:
    Kara relates the story behind her becoming a special-needs mom.Kara went from feeling ill-equipped to being a mom of a child with special needs to actually becoming a life coach for other special-needs moms.“The Special Needs Mom Podcast” is a combination of Kara sharing life stories, the things that she’s currently learning, and she also interviews other special needs moms.Kara shares the differences in challenges between what her son experienced as a toddler compared to what he experiences as an eleven-year-old.Building community with other moms or being a part of groups for specific diagnoses can be amazing support systems.
    Links/Resources:

    Connect with Kara
    Visit her website, listen to her podcast, follow her on Instagram, and download her FREE “A Mom’s Guide to Self-Care”.
    Thank you for listening!

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

Tala/Infinity Kids ,

Well rounded, knowledgeable speakers

I have been following these ladies since 2018 and continue to learn so much about special education. As a pediatric occupational therapist and mother of a son with learning differences, I value the relevant topics and diverse information offered in this podcast! Amanda and Vickie choose wonderful expert guests who provide inspiring conversations and helpful resources.

Jen Zash/ Mindful Mama ,

Amazing women & incredible podcast!!

What an amazing gift these women are to the world of special education. I’m a 20-year school psychologist & I’m a huge supporter!

alimeivan ,

Clicking and typing during the podcast

Unfortunately I couldn’t stand to listen to an episode that I really wanted to listen to because not only did everyone’s microphone have different background noise but omg someone started clicking and typing while the other two were having a conversation….

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