Bitterfliesforchange
...holding hope for people with disabilities by encouraging them to “Dwell in the Possibilities”
Nancy Brown - Inclusion Specialist
My name is Nancy Brown.

I believe that  people with disabilities should live full, inclusive lives filled with HOPE and possibilities.


My daughter Bridget has been my greatest teacher because she was the first person with a disability included in our neighborhood school. I am proud to say I actively facilitated my daughter’s inclusive education. I can help others do the same thing.


Nancy often presents nationally with her daughter, Bridget, who is a successful 23 year old young woman with Down Syndrome. They specialize in coaching participants in person centered planning, transition, and adaptations and accommodations in inclusive classrooms.
Nancy believes that all students should have access to the general education curriculum. She holds hope for people with disabilities and believes they can have productive lives filled with possibilities.

Nancy has had over 30 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities.
For the past ten years she was an inclusion consultant for the Illinois State Board of Education (Project CHOICES) and currently is a private consultant with PATHFINDERS consulting services. She is a strong inclusion advocate and has worked with many Illinois school districts to help facilitate district wide systems change. She provides technical assistance to districts, schools, teachers, and families. Nancy and the LRE Project CHOICES Team have worked with administrators, special education directors, and school  principals to design a strategic plan to increase the amount of children with IEPs in general education settings.  The plans usually include evaluating the environmental education data, ISAT scores, reading gap numbers, special education resources, and results in designing systems that support an inclusive educational model where all students can learn successfully.

She has worked for Ray Graham Association, The Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Family Support Network, Pathfinders Consulting, North West Youth Outreach, and  Gotlieb Hospital.  Nancy is a Green Circle Facilitator, a Character Counts trainer, and a facilitator of social/emotional supports for inclusive classrooms and communities. Nancy is a graduate of George Williams College.

Currently Nancy is a Family Engagement Partner with the Illinois Autism Partnership and Easter Seals. She also volunteers
as the Children's Program Coordinator at Norman B Barr Camp in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. She supervises counselors and develops a camp program for under-served children and people with disabilities. Nancy loves to camp, bike, hike, cross country ski, travel, and create adventures with her family and friends.

Presentations/Publications:
Models of Support Book - Nancy Brown  / Pathfinders  Consulting
Kid Konnections Book - Nancy Brown / Pathfinders Consulting


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