DSE School Community Workshops

Marin County Inclusion Inspiration Series

Dedication to Special Education and the Marin County Office of Education, in collaboration with Changing Perspectives, are pleased to announce a new initiative for the 2021-2022 school year. The Marin County Inclusion Inspiration Series provides a unique opportunity to engage, inspire, educate and empower all members of Marin County schools throughout the 2021-2022 school year.

Each workshop will be presented via Zoom and will be available with Spanish translations and closed captions. Workshops will be facilitated by Sam Drazin, Executive Director of Changing Perspectives

The R-Word Film, Free Virtual Screening & Follow-Up Discussion

 Thursday, March 24, 2022
6:30-7:30 pm PT
via Zoom

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A showing of the film The R-Word followed by a discussion moderated by Sam Drazin of Changing Perspectives.

“Filmmaker Amanda Lukoff grew up advocating for her sister Gabrielle, especially whenever she heard the word retard(ed). With The R-Word, she unravels the history and lasting effects of this word through the lens of the sibling experience, captivating animation sequences, and self-advocates speaking truth-to-power – ultimately making the case for why the conversation surrounding people with intellectual and developmental disabilities needs to change.”

Past Events and Replay's

Inclusion Initiatives in Marin: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 10, 2022


  • Janet Miller, President of Project Awareness and Special Sports-PAASS
  • Kristen Sperling, Marin County Inclusion Consultant
  • Olenka Villarreal, Founder/CEO of Magical Bridge Foundation

Join us for a panel discussion to hear from inclusion leaders throughout the Bay Area. Sam Drazin will moderate as we hear from experts in the field around how they define inclusion and what they are doing to create more inclusive environments for individuals with disabilities.

An Exploration of Ableism & Neurodiversity

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Have you heard of the terms ableism and neurodiversity but are unsure of exactly what they mean? In this workshop we will unpack these two terms, what are they? What role do they play in our society- both locally as well as in the media and beyond. By strengthening our understanding of these concepts we can be better informed on how best to create more authentically inclusive schools and communities for all.

Using Children’s Literature to Foster Disability Awareness and Empathy

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Children’s literature is a great vehicle for helping students learn about others who are different from ourselves. Empathy is a 21st century skill, and awareness is the foundation of empathy. If we want students to have empathy for their peers with disabilities we need to provide opportunities to build awareness. Both picture and chapter books provide engaging, unique and safe opportunities to learn, think, and talk about disabilities.

In this workshop Sam Drazin will share a list of suggested books for all grade levels and model an interactive read aloud.



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