I Am Going To The National World War II Memorial!

It is always a very happy to announce another Ability Guidebook. This is book number 49!  There are now four books for DC. Let your special education teacher friends or autism programs know!

Screen Shot 2017-08-26 at 4.54.25 PM

Ability Guidebook I Am Going To The WWII monument

Ability Guidebooks are the creation of Brett Bigham, the 2014 Oregon State Teachers of the Year. Many people with autism become stressed out with new experiences. Ability Guidebooks help alleviate that stress by allowing people with autism a chance to see what is coming up.  There are now Guidebooks for eleven different countries in four different languages with more coming up!

They make great field trip guides for general education students too!

 

The Newest Country With An Ability Guidebook!!! Croatia!!!

There is nothing I like more than adding another country to the list of places with Ability Guidebooks!  This is my Tenth country!  If you know anyone who speaks Croatian, I need a translator!

Screen Shot 2017-02-20 at 1.29.06 PM

I Am Going To Walk the Walls of Old Dubrovnik  (As a PDF )

 

Brett Bigham is the 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and the President or ORSTOY, the Oregon Chapter of National Network of State Teachers of the Year.

I Am Going to the Renwick Gallery! A new Ability Guidebook for people with autism.

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 5.29.16 PM

It is always an awesome day when I get another Ability Guidebook finished! This February I was in Washington, D.C. to attend the NEA Foundation Gala and took the opportunity to get pictures for several books.

Many thanks to Precious Crabtree and Kristen Record. The three of us were NEA Global Fellows together in Peru and this is not the first time I’ve dragged poor Kristen off to pose for a book.

In July I have the honor of speaking at the Lincoln Memorial during the Save Our Schools rally and march and in 2017 the NNSTOY conference will be in Washington.  It is my hope by the end of these visits that I will be able to do books for all of the Smithsonian Museums!

I lament that the West Coast does not have a Smithsonian Museum, in fact, more than lament it, I protest it! The National Mall offers free museums for Native American History, African American History, the Holocaust Museum, that National Gallery and more… all free to all comers.  But all those free museums are lumped in a few acres  almost 3000 miles away from Portland.  As much as I’d like to make books for, say, the Smithsonian Museum of Northwest Culture in Portland, Oregon, I’ll hope that day comes some day and in the meantime I will create books for the Smithsonian Museums we do have.

So, without further ado:

Ability Guidebook_ I Am Going To The Renwick Gallery

Brett Bigham is the 2014 Oregon State Teacher of the Year and was awarded an NEA National Award for Teaching Excellence in 2015.