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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

    • Education
    • 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: English Language Learners and IEPs

    ENCORE: English Language Learners and IEPs

    Today's show is a replay of a very popular and informative episode that we hope you'll enjoy.
    Today’s topic has popped up recently in some of our cases, and it’s an important one to cover because it is under-supported and often overlooked in the IEP world. We are discussing the ELL designation, which stands for “English Language Learner.” Join us to learn when a child should be designated as an ELL, how things should progress from there, and what the school district’s obligations are when that designation is given. 
    Show Highlights:
    A student’s ethnicity can prompt false assumptions that come with an ELL designation (which can mean different things in different cases).Understanding the differences in an ELL designation, an ESL designation, and a dual immersion programA student’s language proficiency impacts their ability to learn in different environments–and the IEP should reflect this fact.A student’s primary language can have unique nuances that are very different from English, which greatly affects testing, evaluations, and assessments. Considerations about inherent racial bias in assessments–and why they should be done in a student’s native language
    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:
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    Instagram–We are doing videos on Instagram, so connect with us there and send us your questions!
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    IEP website
    Email us: admin@iepcalifornia.org

    • 18 min
    Tackling Brain Health: Amanda and Vickie make a guest appearance on the Neurologics podcast hosted by Karen Odell-Barber

    Tackling Brain Health: Amanda and Vickie make a guest appearance on the Neurologics podcast hosted by Karen Odell-Barber

    Welcome to a very special episode! Karen Odell-Barber with Neurologics was a recent guest on our show, so we returned the favor by appearing on her podcast,  Tackling Brain Health. We are excited to share that episode today. You’ll learn more about our journeys, the origins of our law firm and podcast, and the important work that calls to us on behalf of students and families. Join us!
    Show Highlights:
    The varied paths that led Amanda and Vickie to be special education attorneys after meeting in law schoolSpecial education law: “The wild, wild west”Karen’s personal experience in being diagnosed with a profound learning disabilityAmanda and Vickie’s approach in helping families, filing for due process, and working with school teamsThe reality of trying to get needed accommodations for students–and why Vickie and Amanda are doing things differentlyThe difference between a special ed attorney and an advocateAmanda and Vickie’s message to parents about the services and role of a special ed attorneyIn identifying and securing accommodations, early intervention is the key!The problems when teachers don’t understand the law and make assumptions about studentsExamples of students who can benefit from the help of a special ed attorney
    Links/Resources:
    Check out the Tackling Brain Health podcast with Karen Odell-Barber!
    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

    • 40 min
    Smooth Transitions for Your Child’s Next School Phase

    Smooth Transitions for Your Child’s Next School Phase

    We are in the season of Spring Break and Easter, which means transition IEP meetings should be happening. If you have procrastinated, it’s not too late! If your child is transitioning from preschool to kindergarten, from sixth grade to middle school, from middle school to high school, or even beyond high school into a vocational program, you’ll learn valuable information in today’s episode. Join us!
    Show Highlights:
    Be proactive in scheduling transition IEPs and annual/triennial meetings.The importance of assessing your student’s current accommodations for proper implementation and effectivenessExamples of accommodationsSpecifics in accommodations are necessary so the interpretation of the IEP words “as needed” isn’t left up to the teacherThe problems with vaguely worded accommodationsBest practices for meetings that generate specific and solution-oriented IEPsAny modification or accommodation that works for your student should be written into the IEP. 
    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

    • 30 min
    Amazing Advances in Brain Optimization Technology with Karen Odell-Barber

    Amazing Advances in Brain Optimization Technology with Karen Odell-Barber

    We are learning more and more all the time about how our brains function and what it means to be neurodiverse. In this episode, we explore cutting-edge technologies in the field of brain optimization, which has huge implications in special education. Join us to learn more!
    We are joined by Karen Odell-Barber, the founder and CEO of Neurologics, a technology company that does brain mapping and optimization of the brain producing permanent cognitive repair. This optimization leads to an additional 15 functional IQ points for every person who does optimization, regardless of age, along with a wild improvement in memory. As a traumatic brain injury survivor with a severe learning disability, Karen is passionate about brain health and helping people improve their lives. 
    Show Highlights:
    Neurologic technology was developed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and incorporates psychometric testing measures.The significance of adding functional IQ points through brain optimizationWhy brain function is the foundation of everything we doKaren’s work with addicted people A child can utilize a higher-functioning brain and still have learning differences.Karen’s message: “Brain optimization can have a huge impact on learning and life.”Karen’s examples of how even a 40-point jump in functional IQ points is possible with brain optimization!How “pruning” occurs in the brain at ages 6-7, 14, and 19-25—and what that meansThe hurdle of getting schools to use science and technology in special education
    Links/Resources:
    Connect with Karen Odell-Barber and Neurologics: Website, YouTube, and Tackling Brain Health podcast
    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

    • 26 min
    English Language Learners and IEPs

    English Language Learners and IEPs

    Today’s topic has popped up recently in some of our cases, and it’s an important one to cover because it is under-supported and often overlooked in the IEP world. We are discussing the ELL designation, which stands for “English Language Learner.” Join us to learn when a child should be designated as an ELL, how things should progress from there, and what the school district’s obligations are when that designation is given. 
    Show Highlights:
    A student’s ethnicity can prompt false assumptions that come with an ELL designation (which can mean different things in different cases).Understanding the differences in an ELL designation, an ESL designation, and a dual immersion programA student’s language proficiency impacts their ability to learn in different environments–and the IEP should reflect this fact.A student’s primary language can have unique nuances that are very different from English, which greatly affects testing, evaluations, and assessments. Considerations about inherent racial bias in assessments–and why they should be done in a student’s native language
    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
    Preparing Your Student for College and Self-Advocacy with Dan Jordan

    Preparing Your Student for College and Self-Advocacy with Dan Jordan

    On our very first episode of 2024, we were joined by Dan Jordan to discuss the transition to college and accommodations for students with IEPs and 504 Plans. Dan joins us for Part 2 to that conversation to educate us on the student’s responsibility. We are taking a close look at the actual steps students need to take as they transition past high school and what we should realistically expect college freshmen to do on their own. Join us to learn more!
    Dan Jordan worked for ten years as a therapist on a college campus, providing information about accommodations for students with disabilities, and he now works in a college counseling center. Because his son has numerous learning disabilities, Dan understands the world of special education and learning accommodations both from a parental and professional perspective. 
    Show Highlights:
    Why a student has to decide if they are going to ask for accommodations in college or not (Dan’s advice: Ask for them anyway!)How accommodations can provide a sense of familiarity in the transition to an unfamiliar environmentHow students have to account for how they use unstructured time in college and have support in placeDan’s advice about choosing a college and considering academic coaching and servicesHow students have to ask for accommodations and ask the right questions about testing, scheduling, policies, etc. Why students need practice at an early age in self-advocacy and speaking up for themselves
    Links/Resources:
    Connect with Dan Jordan: Website (Check out the courses and other resources!), Facebook, and Instagram
    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

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

doctorTND ,

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.

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!

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