Learn how to effectively create opportunities and maximize potential. Work differently not harder.
Effective, research-based strategies for parents supporting kids with disabilities to build good, inclusive lives.
The what, why & how of inclusive education with Marilyn Dolmage, MSW.
The Inclusion Academy starts here.
Evidence-informed ideas to support people with disabilities to build good, inclusive lives in community.
Missed the live presentation? Watch when it works for you.
The hive mind can help. Work through ideas and implementation strategies with a community of people who share your vision, your goals and your struggles.
So much of what we did when he was younger was not worth our time.
The Inclusion Academy is a backstage pass to an incredible array of experts.
I’ve had lots of “help” over the years in the form of unimplementable tools without a solid foundation as to why . Good Things in Life goes deep on the “why’s” and helps me figure out what I think and that give me a starting place and inspiration to move ahead.
One of the things we need to do is to help my son improve his ability to make and communicate decisions. Erin Sheldon from Integration Action For Inclusion presented on decision making. It helped me understand how I could be doing more in this area and come up with ideas about how to help him expand his choices. I started implementing them and we are seeing him express more varied requests about what he wants to do and what he wants us to do. I believe that this emerging capability has helped him particularly during a recent difficult time - he was able to identify his needs more specifically and make many requests of me that I think helped him be less frustrated.
I’m feeling more confident that I will create and implement a plan for my son that gives him a fulfilling and secure life for the long term."
Genia, founder of Good Things In Life, has always been a visionary leader and a strong advocate for people who are vulnerable and marginalized - especially people with disabilities. Genia has a big vision of a society where all people (including people with disabilities) will have access to the good things in life. I am delighted that Genia is offering this program through Good Things in Life. I know that she will offer many interesting ideas which inspire and help us all to support our family members with disabilities to have access to the things that make life good."
DARCY ELKS, INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT, SENIOR SRV TRAINER, MONTESSORI EDUCATOR,
We will start with a three module foundations course called "Belonging In School. The what, why, and how of inclusive education."
Then the real work begins!
Good Things in Life members have access to information, ideas and leaders who help figure out the day-to-day challenges of supporting a child with a disability to build a good life in community.
Friend, I hear you! Your time is precious.
The program is designed with this exact challenge in mind. The content is delivered in live videos with replay available. You don't have to dedicate days at a time. Got 10 minutes? Then you can take a step forward.
I've also made audio and slide deck downloads available. So you can listen to the content on your device while you drive, shop or prepare a meal.
You will be able to easily work the collaboration into your every day social media time. No biggie!
Yup! You can pay monthly. It is less than a dollar a day.
I guarantee this is an investment that will pay off in the long run and I want to make sure that money isn’t a barrier.
Consider asking your local support organization, school or professional development department to cover the costs.
There are a small number of grants available to cover the costs of enrolment.
Email me at [email protected] to ask about availability. They will likely be scooped up quickly!
I couldn’t agree with you more. Meeting and spending time with people in person offers connection and a depth of relationship that is not the same as what happens online.
In the Inclusionary Academy we will help you find people in your local community to connect with.
If you have the opportunity for local in-person learning and you are connected with local friends, supporters and mentors then maybe this program is not for you!
But if you feel isolated or if your community doesn’t offer opportunities to learn about supporting people with disabilities to build inclusive lives or if you just can’t coordinate the time and childcare it would require to attend in-person events then this program offers you excellent value.
Yes, my friend. I’ve got your back. There will be tech support available by email and a Facebook group where you can ask for help.
I’m also using a super user-friendly platform called Kajabi to host the course. It is really easy and their tech support is amazing.
If it comes right down to it and the tech makes you miserable then you have 14 days to ask for a refund. There is no value to you if it actually makes your life harder!
Isn’t that the worst?
The thing is, we all feel like that at times. Between the therapy, the SMART goals and the demands of daily life, I usually don't even come close.
This program is designed to make your life easier - not harder.
It will remove some of the brain fatigue you have from trying to figure it all out yourself.
And it will give you solid resources and ongoing support so that no matter where you are in your journey, you can take the next small step whenever you are ready.
You can send in questions in advance or ask at the time. The sessions will be recorded so if you can’t attend live you will still have access.
You will also have access to the Facebook group where you can (and should!) reach out to the hive mind to help you think things through or just ask for a simple clarification.
And then don't forget the Live Office Hours where you can ask your questions.
Let me say this upfront.
Any time you spend focused on developing your vision for the life of a child with a disability and figuring out how to implement that vision is time well spent.
Heck, part of the reason I am offering this program is because I know that going through this process with others like you is going to offer insights and 'a ha!' moments that deepen my understanding and my ability to help my child have a good life.
But of course, you have to show up and do the work to see the results.
After 14 days, you will have received access to the first two modules of the course.
You will have had the opportunity to 'meet' others and see how this community might provide you support from people who understand your experience.
Meaning, you'll have an opportunity to confirm that this is right for you BEFORE making a final commitment.
If you don't feel totally confident that this program will benefit you and your efforts to help build good, inclusive lives, then simply reach out to me, show me that you've done the work, and I'll refund your investment.
Your time, energy and money are valuable.
Spend it only where it matters.
This is a journey. Not a destination.
Each week you will get access to new content at a manageable pace.
You will have access to the content while you remain a member. If you download the audio files and slide decks then you will have lifetime access to that content. We will continue to update the content in future programs.
Any small network groups that form will continue to be hosted by Good Things in Life as long as the group is active, useful to its members and conforming with the spirit and intention of the group.
I was lucky enough to have access to experts and thought leaders early in my life because I have a sister with a disability and decades of experience learning about Social Role Valorization and how to support people with disabilities to access the good things in life.
Now as a parent, this has given me the information and tools I need to help my son with a disability to have a rich inclusive school experience, be a member of community teams and to make friends.
With a foundation in inclusive education and access to the Inclusionary Academy, now you have access to those experts and thought leaders as well.
Good Things In Life
Founder and Podcast Host