Laurie Levy, M.Ed., has worked over 30 years in the early childhood profession. She is a strong believer in diversity and the rights of children with special needs, and a passionate advocate for children. Through her writing, she seeks to empower parents and educators, and create caring and just communities. She was founder and executive director of Cherry Preschool, an innovative developmental program that includes and celebrates all children. Her personal experiences as the grandparent of children with special needs, as well as her many years working for inclusion, have made her an advocate for the rights of those who cannot speak for themselves. Laurie is a regular blogger at ChicagoNow.