Perhaps, Penelope

This is a story about a 2nd grade student, Penelope who is fully included into her home school of Willard Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois. In this piece, we explore the tough decisions that Matt and Megan Lassman went through to get to this place… Please watch and share

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7 thoughts on “Perhaps, Penelope

  1. First of all…welcome back!
    What a heartwarming story!!! This is the way life should be! Thank you for starting my day with such inspiration…Penelope is one amazing little girl who is loved by soooo many! I would love to meet her and her amazing family!
    Thank you, Pat and Brigid…what a wonderful thing you are both doing!!!
    Dianne Ryan

    1. Dianne, thanks for your comment. This was a fun story to tell because everyone seems to be rowing in the same direction. Penelope is loved and anytime you are in Evanston and want to stop by we can go and visit the Lassman’s. Have a great weekend.


  2. This is so wonderful to see. I am heartened to learn that an area School District is doing right by a child with multiple needs. Penelope is an amazing child with a smart, supportive family and team of Educators and Administrators.

    I would so much like to understand better any School District’s resistance to appropriate accommodations, modifications, and Full Inclusion of our children….because there continues to be widespread exclusion, refusal of appropriate services, accommodations, and modifications. The struggles for most children and their families with local Special Education/Special Services Departments are gutwrenching, time and cost prohibitive, and fruitless.

    We will continue our struggle locally, and are encouraged by Penelope’s successes and also by Evanston/Niles School District and the Willard School culture and commitment of doing right by children with disabilities.

    Beautifully told story. Well received message.

    1. Thank you very much for your comments – Our purpose here was to show a positive story and how it came to be… there are so many negative stories but people don’t really learn how to change or grow from these – I think they tend to make us more fearful and keep people from actually talking. Thanks for taking the time to watch and comment.


      1. This story and more like it, need to be told locally and nationally. Change is difficult, for everyone. But, change is necessary; it is morally, ethically, and also legally required.

        Disability is a natural part of the human condition and the human experience.

        Inclusion is Natural.

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