This video tells the story of second-grader Penelope, and what it means for her as a student with disabilities to be fully included at Willard Elementary School.
This is a story about a 2nd grade student with disabilities, Penelope, who is fully included into her home school of Willard Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois. In this piece, Matt and Megan Lassman discuss what they went through as parents to get to this place. Including Penelope full time with her classmates shows that the benefits are two way. Integrating her with her peers allows for improved understanding, tolerance, patience and the possibility for friendship beyond what some might have thought possible. Please watch, comment and share. www.pepsiwithbrigid.com
My parents, Pat and Brigid Hughes, talk about my brother Brian, who battled mental illness and AIDS. They discuss raising Brian and how they knew from the beginning that he needed more support than their other seven children.
My parents Pat and Brigid Hughes sat down with me to discuss what it was like to raise a child with mental illness. It has been five years since my brother Brian died and yesterday (April 24th) would have been his 43rd birthday. I felt compelled to share his story with you. I think about my brother all the time. He is with me everyday in my business life and my personal life. I am forever grateful to my parents for making Brian part of our lives, and for their extraordinary generosity in sharing his story with people we have yet to meet. Please watch this video to meet my brother Brian and our parents. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9BmP5Ex6So] After I shot 40 minutes of video interviews with my parents, I struggled to tell …