I will be adding some new books in the coming weeks with the word EASY on the cover. These are a new set of Ability Guidebooks for very easy to visit destinations. I see these as simple outings with minimal steps for success. For many of my students these simple visits allowed them to have a quick and successful visit into the community. These successes prepare the students to begin visiting more complex places in the community.
I’m pleased to introduce the newest Ability Guidebook: I Am Going To See The Gandhi Statue!
Walter Sisulu Square is one of the most important spots in recent South African History. I am pleased to announce that there is now an Ability Guidebook to help autistic people visit this important place in the history of apartheid and civil rights.
I’m really thrilled that Johannesburg has their first Ability Guidebook! This free online support will help autistic people and people with travel anxiety go to the Nelson Mandela House!
If I had my wish, every museum in the world would have an Ability Guidebook. I’m pleased to say that the South African National Gallery of Art now has a book!
I am so pleased to announce that I have finished the first Ability Guidebook from my NEA Foundation Global Fellowship. For the past year members of the fellowship worked on curriculum projects under the direction of Harvard’s Dr Fernando Reimers. I’m pleased that just as that book tops the top Kindle curricula download list (check it out at Amazon!) I’ve finished the first Guidebook for South Africa. In July I travelled, along with NEA Foundation employees and over 40 U.S. teachers to South Africa to meet with teachers and students and to have a deep immersion into the recent Apartheid past of the country.
In the coming months I will be sharing fifteen Ability Guidebooks that I will create from this amazing trip. I am grateful to the NEA Foundation to help bring these first supports for people with autism in South Africa. I hope my fifteen books will inspire people in South Africa to create more books and that these are just the seeds being planted to create a country-wide system of supports for people with travel anxiety, for kids on field trips and for autistic people.
South Africa is the 38th country to have an Ability Guidebook. I hope I can find some people to translate into the local languages!
There is nothing worse than taking your class to an assembly only to have to leave because one of your kids is having a melt-down. I love the outreach programs the National Park Services provide, including school visits by Woodsy Owl and Smokey the Bear.
If your children are about to meet Woodsy, here is a guide to show them the rules and help them not be scared!
And remember….give a hoot, don’t pollute!
I Am Going To Meet Woodsy Owl!-5
It’s a very busy time but somehow I’ve managed to get the first Guidebook for Argentina done!! Mike has promised to translate it into Spanish but if you can translate, Please volunteer!
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The Galileo Galilei Planetarium-2
People with autism in Wellington now have a free support to help visit the Wellington Botanic Garden!
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going The Wellington Botanic Garden!
I am thrilled to share that Constantine, Algeria has its first Ability Guidebook for the Monument Aux Morts! This beautiful memorial sits high on a cliff above the city and is known for its amazing view.
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