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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 • 74 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.

    ENCORE: LIVE from the Boost Conference

    ENCORE: LIVE from the Boost Conference

    We're happy to bring you some of our listener favorites during the next few weeks. These episodes are sure to pique your interest by featuring topics important to each of us Enjoy!
    We recently had the chance to speak at the BOOST Conference about our podcast, the IEP system, and special education in general. The BOOST Conference is an annual event to inspire youth, learning, and change. Many different educational professionals attend the conference in Palm Springs, California to participate in classes, workshops, and networking events, and to explore the latest in technology and innovation related to education. Join us to hear this live presentation and the Q & A session!
    Show Highlights:
    An overview of the IEP podcastWhat is an IEP? What are IEP meetings?The importance of collaboration in the entire IEP processIndividualization, not comparison, is most helpful in the IEP process.The vital need for parents to talk to the teachers before the IEP meeting95% of the conflict in IEP meetings is due to a communication breakdown.
    Links/Resources:
    Find out more about the BOOST Conference: Website
    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.
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    • 34 min
    Proactive Solutions to Students’ Mental Health with Maria Barrera

    Proactive Solutions to Students’ Mental Health with Maria Barrera

    We are taking a summer break for July to soak up a little summer fun with our families, so we are replaying some of our most popular episodes that are packed with information and inspiration. We will be back in August with new episodes to prepare us for the 2024-2025 school year. Today’s replay first aired a few weeks ago during Mental Health Awareness Month. Maria Barrera helps us understand the need for a more comprehensive and relevant curriculum focused on skill-building and emotional awareness instead of reacting to students’ mental health needs “after the fact.” Doesn’t it make more sense to support “mental wellness” than to simply address “mental illness”? That’s the idea behind Clayful! Join us to learn more!
    Maria Barrera is the founder and CEO of Clayful, a company that began as a way to address the mental health crisis in a more preventative way. Clayful offers supportive tools and resources to help students become more resilient and emotionally aware before they get to their breaking point. Maria is committed to addressing the youth mental health crisis, and her dedication to training a diverse mental health workforce and establishing partnerships with schools have impacted thousands of students across the country. 
    Show Highlights:
    The need for more targeted interventions and skill-building in schoolsThe origins of Clayful to address students’ needs during the pandemicThe challenge in supporting students with behavior regulation issuesLabels and language have POWER!The gist of CA Assembly Bill 2173: to change the language from “emotional disturbance” to “emotional disability”Clayful’s work in destigmatizing the need for emotional supportClayful allows students to connect with a coach every week to develop a “protective layer.”The mental health crisis is here! We need to partner together to help as many young people as possible!
    Links/Resources:
    Connect with Maria Barrera and Clayful: Website and Email
    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.
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    • 20 min
    Moving From Diversity to Inclusion (Part 2 with Michael Hingson)

    Moving From Diversity to Inclusion (Part 2 with Michael Hingson)

    We promised you a Part 2 with Michael Hingson—and here it is! We don’t always get the opportunity to follow up a guest interview with a second part, and that’s why we are thrilled to bring you more of Michael’s inspiring story and his important work in the field of accessibility. Michael first joined us last May for an episode titled, “Approaching Life with an Unstoppable Mindset.” (Click here to listen!)
    Michael Hingson has a fascinating life story. With a master’s degree in physics, he is an educator, best-selling author, inspirational speaker, and disability advocate—and he is blind and a 9/11 World Trade Center survivor. When his premature birth called for a pure oxygen environment, his retinas were irreparably damaged, and he has been blind ever since. His parents were urged to institutionalize him because “no blind child can ever amount to anything or contribute to society”---or so the doctors said. His parents refused and gave Michael every chance to learn as any other child, sending him to public schools throughout his life and demanding that he adapt to his disability to live an independent life. He earned his physics degree and secondary education teacher credential, going on to become an accomplished salesman and sales manager. He is a coveted keynote speaker, author of Thunder Dog: The Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust, and host of the Unstoppable Mindset podcast.
    Show Highlights:
    Diversity, inclusion, and disability (According to the CDC, 25% of Americans have some sort of disability.)Why we don’t talk about disabilityFear can be a powerful tool to focus us when we feel blinded, paralyzed, or overwhelmed.Michael’s next book (August 2024), Live Like a Guide Dog: True Stories from a Blind Man and His Dogs about Being Brave, Overcoming Adversity, and Walking in FaithMichael’s work with AccessiBe to advance accessibility with AI technologyAccessibility technologies for those with cognitive disabilities, ADHD, etc. Changing the thinking around disability and “visual impairment”A glimpse into Michael’s full life today: traveling, speaking, podcasting, and working tirelessly to advance accessibility for everyone
    Links/Resources:
    Connect with Michael Hingson: Website, Thunder Dog book, Live Like a Guide Dog book, and the Unstoppable Mindset podcast.
    Find out more about AccessiBe.
    Contact us on social media or through our website for more information on the IEP Learning Center:...

    • 27 min
    Affirming Neurodiversity in IEPs with Santanna Ficken

    Affirming Neurodiversity in IEPs with Santanna Ficken

    Today’s episode is Part 2 of our conversation with Santanna Ficken, a mental health practitioner who proudly identifies as a disabled, autistic/ADHDer with multiple neurodivergencies. Santanna is a passionate advocate with MnNEAT (Minnesota Neurodivergent Education, Advocacy, and Therapy Services), which focuses on building trust and relationships in the neurodivergent community while advocating for social justice for all disabled people. Today’s episode is focused on how IEPs can be improved to be neurodiversity-affirming. Join us to learn more!
    Show Highlights:
    Understanding what it means to be neurodiversity-affirmingIEPs for neurodiverse students should respect autonomy, validate differences, assume competence, adjust expectations, encourage self-advocacy, adapt to systems/environments, and honor ALL forms of communication.The goal in IEPs should NOT be to change or “fix” the student!Examples of trauma for students caused by the IEPSantanna’s experience in school as a neurodivergent studentThe process of rewriting IEPs to be neurodiversity-affirmingIEP data misses a lot of relevant information about the student’s experience.What Santanna would like school administrators to know
    Links/Resources:
    Connect with Santanna Ficken and MnNEAT: Website
    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:
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    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
    Systemic Ableism in the IEP Process–and How We Can Change with Santanna Ficken

    Systemic Ableism in the IEP Process–and How We Can Change with Santanna Ficken

    Today’s episode is Part 1 of our conversation with Santanna Ficken, a mental health practitioner who proudly identifies as a disabled, autistic/ADHDer with multiple neurodivergencies. Santanna is a passionate advocate with MnNEAT (Minnesota Neurodivergent Education, Advocacy, and Therapy Services), which focuses on building trust and relationships in the neurodivergent community while advocating for social justice for all disabled people. Join us to learn more!
    Show Highlights:
    Santanna’s background in advocacy and support for neurodivergent children and their familiesAbleism—what people should know about this form of discriminationUnderstanding the three types of ableism: institutional, internalized, and interpersonalThe IEP process is clearly systemic ableism, as Santanna explains. Our focus on “fixing” a disability is wrong. The difficulties in trying to redirect IEP conversations to ensure that every child has an affirming educational experience with accessibilityWhat Santanna wants every school team to knowThe need for plain language in IEPs that focuses on supporting the child
    Links/Resources:
    Connect with Santanna Ficken and MnNEAT: Website
    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:
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    Instagram–We are doing videos on Instagram, so connect with us here and send us your questions!
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    IEP website
    Email us: admin@iepcalifornia.org

    • 25 min
    The Right Approach to Bullying Prevention with Alain Pelletier

    The Right Approach to Bullying Prevention with Alain Pelletier

    June is here! That means many school districts are on summer break, and many more are in the last week or so of the school year. Wherever June finds you, we are glad you’re with us for this exciting episode.
    We have mentioned bullying on the show many times, but we’ve never dedicated an episode to it. We welcome Alain Pelletier, a professional youth speaker on the topic of bullying. He has been fully engrossed in this topic for several years, and he shares with us how he finds a connection with youth on bullying through theory and emotion.  
    Show Highlights:
    The emotional process around understanding bullying: utilizing empathy and sympathyWhat parents should know about bullyingAlain’s process when he speaks to children about bullyingAlain’s story of “the kid in the back of the room”“How can we stop bullying?” is the wrong question.The most critical emotional education of your children takes place in their first 12 years.
    Links/Resources:
    Connect with Alain Pelletier: Website
    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:
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    IEP website
    Email us: admin@iepcalifornia.org

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

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Special Education =Civil Right Law Must Knows!

This Podcast is a MUST— Hosts are civil rights attorney’s who provide understandable knowledge on special education topics/challenges-most important.. RED FLAG issues/statements that may take place at an IEP table.

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5-Star Review - Dr.Tay

Vickie and Amanda’s podcast is essential listening for everyone because it is about something we all need to care about — inclusive learning environments for all. I cannot recommend this podcast enough, particularly for parents navigating special education!

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.

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