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What Successful Inclusion of Nonspeakers Looks Like: Two Real Life Examples

  • 15 Mar 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online


An xMinds Event

Join xMinds on March 15 at 7:00 PM for an exciting panel discussion exploring the experiences of two autistic nonspeakers who were fully included in their schools' general education through 12th grade.

Panelists will discuss how they successfully challenged the status quo and provide their practical perspectives and insights on what makes inclusion work. Panel discussion will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

Full inclusion of nonspeaking autistic students is not just possible, it is already happening!

Cost:  Free

Location:  Online (Register to receive the Zoom link)

Meet Our Three Panelists:  

DJ Savarese was fully included in his public school in Grinnell, Iowa through 12th grade before attending Oberlin College in Ohio. He graduated with a BA in Anthropology & Creative Writing in 2017.  DJ was the subject of a 2017 documentary titled "Deej" (53-minutes), which you can stream on Vimeo. It's free to Join Vimeo and a 3-day rental of "Deej" costs $7.95. Learn about the documentary and watch the trailer here: https://www.deejmovie.com. Visit DJ's websites here and here.

Lisa Vallado attended parochial schools in Newbury Park, California from 2nd to 12th grade before attending Montgomery College and then Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. She will graduate with a BS in Biology in Spring 2022. Lisa and her sister were the subjects of a 2017 documentary "Sisterly" created by Nina Vallado. Watch the 28-minute documentary on Vimeo ($4.99 for 1-week rental). You can learn about the documentary and watch the trailer here: https://www.ninavallado.com/sisterly

Tracy Harder, our third panelist, was Lisa Vallado’s English and U.S. History teacher in high school. She was an integral part of the team that made inclusion so successful for Lisa.


DJ Savarese                                                        Lisa Vallado

(Photo courtesy of Pamela Harvey Photography)

Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available. 

This presentation will be recorded. 

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