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Inclusion and Communication for All

The Midwest Summer Institute: Communication & Inclusion for All is in its 4th year. Presented in partnership with Syracuse University’s Institute on Communication and InclusionInclusion Connection & the University of Northern Iowa, the conference focuses on best practices that lead to inclusion in environments from education to employment and beyond. The conference also has a communication track gathering nationally-renowned Master Trainers versed in the practice of supported movement and alternative communication methods for persons with disabilities.

Beyond our exhilarating Keynote Speaker, Patrick Schwarz, and the eye-opening panel of individuals who type to communicate, we have a great line-up of breakout session presenters. You will find educators sharing success stories and learning journeys for school inclusion, specialists in individualized employment and highlights of technology that empowers individuals of varying ability levels. To find out more about the communication track that includes, pre-assessment, one-on-one consultations and a workshop-format, please contact Jean Trainor at:

Keynote speaker

Patrick Schwarz

Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrick Schwarz is a dynamic and engaging professor, author, motivational speaker and leader in Education (Inclusive Education, Special Education, General Education, Educational Leadership) and Human Services. He is a professor at National Louis University, Chicago. Patrick’s company is Creative Culture Consulting LLC. He is the author of From Disability to Possibility™, You’re Welcome (with Paula Kluth), Just Give Him the Whale (with Paula Kluth) and Pedro’s Whale (with Paula Kluth). His new book is From Possibility to Success.

Conference Details

  • $250 for both days (plus $50 discount if you register by May 1)
  • Scholarships and group discount are available
  • Many tracks focused on inclusion and communication
  • Perfect for teachers, principals, para-educators, therapists, family members, students, faculty and staff
  • Children and adults with disabilities are welcome

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