Another big thank you to the NEA Foundation Global Fellowship for bringing me to Washington, DC last week. I used my free time to run out and take pictures for a whole set of books about the memorials near the Tidal Basin. If you have not seen the FDR Memorial I highly recommend it!
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The FDR Memorial
London Lucks out and gets another new Ability Guidebook! This one is for Victoria Tower Gardens next to the Houses of Parliament.
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To Victoria Tower Garden
This Ability Guidebook takes you on a walk from the Westminster tube station, onto Westminster Bridge and around the Houses of Parliament.
There will be a separate book on how to visit Victoria Tower Gardens. Check out the map for toilet facilities. I had to draw my own map for this one! It took me a day but sometimes these books need a map to be successful. I’ve discovered it is faster to just draw my own rather than try to find someone who will let me use their maps
There are over sixty Ability Guidebooks now for 12 countries and in five languages! I always am looking for volunteer translators. Say hello if you would like to translate a book!
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To Hear Big Ben!
Every museum in the world should have an Ability Guidebook as far as I’m concerned! I’ll put that on my to-do list. Until then, here’s one for the British Museum!
And in honor of their amazing staff, I want to share a little story. While Mike and I were visiting a young lady went into a series of grand mal seizures. While I timed the seizures the security guard laid down on the floor and used his body to protect the young lady from hitting any of the sharp edged cases. It was quick thinking on his part and the museum staff worked quickly to clear the area and get supports there for the young woman. Kudos to the staff of the British Museum.
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The British Museum
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The MLK Memorial-2This past weekend was the National Education Association Foundation Global Fellows Conference. The NEA has chosen educators from all over the country to represent US education in South Africa next summer. I am thrilled to be one of them.
In my usual fashion I ran from the building during our down time to create some new books for Washington, D.C. It is always an honor to walk through the capitol in my opinion and I am constantly moved by the grand architecture and the beautiful memorials. My hope is that these books will help people with autism to experience this amazing city.
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The MLK Memorial-2
This weekend I was in Washington, D.C. for the National Education Association Foundation’s Global Fellowship conference. I am excited to say that I have been named an NEA Global Fellow and will travel to South Africa representing US educators. There are only a couple of teachers who have ever been named to this prestigious Fellowship twice and I’m proud to represent special educators.
In 2015 I was sent to Peru to meet with teachers and leaders in the Peru Department of Education. This Ability Guidebook came from that visit and I am forever grateful to the NEA Foundation for allowing me to make my first international Guidebooks.
During this year’s conference I found myself sitting next to Sarah Merchlewits. When I showed her I Am Going To The Larco Museum she volunteered to translate it into Spanish! I am thrilled to share ¡Yo Voy al Museo Larco!
(Spanish Copy) I Am Going To The Larco Museum, Lima, Peru
Lima now has three Ability Guidebooks! Maybe one day every museum will have one!
I Am Going To The Larco Museum, Lima,, Peru
A beautiful city park. A whole bunch of cats. What’s not to love?
This is my second book for Lima and my third book for Peru! These books help people with autism get out into the world. That is my way of saying thank you to Peru for being such a lovely host during my visit!
I Am Going To Kennedy Park, Lima,, Peru
One of these days I am going to get completely caught up! One book at a time…
In the summer of 2015 I travelled to Peru as a National Education Association Global Fellow. It was an amazing experience and we saw some of the great museums and cultural sights of Peru including Machu Picchu. The Peru Department of Education welcomed us and we toured schools and met students and teachers at one of Peru’s most respected schools and again at one of Peru’s poorest school. It was an incredibly enriching experience.
My way of paying back the lovely people of Peru who treated me with such kindness and respect is to make Ability Guidebooks. I’ve previously posted a book for the Inca Museum in Cusco and now I’m thrilled to add another book to the list for Peru.
I Am Going To The Love Park! Lima, Peru
Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The Macuteo Obelisk
It is always fun when I get a new Ability Guidebook finished! I am inspired because I have had a volunteer step forward to translate the books into Italian! You cannot Imagine how exciting it was to get that email! I am writing these books for Italy knowing that only a few English speaking tourists might ever need them.
But I knew that once the books were in English, if I could find someone to translate, they could then be a valuable tool for people with autism who live in, or who are visiting Rome.
My hope is that I will inspire some people in Italy to step forward and make some books of their own! Even now my friend Bill Pierce is visiting Vienna taking pictures to create some additional Ability Guidebooks. Some of Sam Sennott’s students at Portland State University chose to make a book instead of doing a final paper. These are more awesome people stepping up to help create a permanant library of supports for people with autism! (And a support for teachers who are taking their younger students on field trips to these important cultural destinations). I am thrilled to have Bill join me in this project and the students of PSU as well!
If anyone has decent pictures of the Vatican Museum entry I sure could use them….mine turned out pretty poorly.
2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year
2015 NEA National Award for Teaching Excellence