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Inclusive Schools Help Everyone!
As our understanding of neurodiversity continues to evolve, it’s become increasingly clear that our education system needs to adapt to meet the needs of all learners. Today, we’re joined by Dr. Evisha Ford, the Founding Executive Director of the iCan Dream Center, a therapeutic school that serves neurodiverse learners and their families. Dr. Ford is a leading advocate for inclusive education and has dedicated her career to helping schools create environments where all students can thrive. In this episode, we’ll be discussing how parents can help encourage their children’s schools to become more inclusive, as well as practical strategies that educators can use to support neurodiverse learners. So, whether you’re a parent, an educator, or just interested in learning more about neurodiversity, this episode is not to be missed.
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Meet Today’s Guest:
Dr. Evisha Ford is the Founding Executive Director of iCan Dream Center, a therapeutic school in Illinois, that serves the needs of neurodiverse learners and their families. She began her career serving inner-city homeless youth in Chicago. She is a former Assistant Superintendent, Director of Special Education, and Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership.
Dr. Ford is a sought after thought leader in schools nationally and internationally. She specializes in trauma-compassionate leadership, program design, cultural and racial equity, and effective school and nonprofit leadership. She is the author of Benches in the Bathroom: Leading a Physically, Emotionally, and Socially Safe School Culture. Dr. Ford was honored as one of the influential “100 Black Women in Chicago” for her educational contributions. However, her most generous recognition as “best mom ever” is granted by her two sons.
To learn more about Dr. Ford’s work, visit her website https://drevisha.com.
Episode #62: Creating a Culture of Acceptance
How Inclusive Schools Can Build Stronger Communities
(Recorded April 19, 2023)
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