04/18/2013 02:53 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Perhaps, Penelope

This is a story about a second grade student with disabilities, Penelope, who is fully included into her home school of Willard Elementary School in Evanston, Illinois.

In this piece, Matt and Megan Lassman discuss what they went through as parents to get to this place. Including Penelope full-time with her classmates shows that the benefits are two-way. Integrating her with her peers allows for improved understanding, tolerance, patience and the possibility for friendship beyond what some might have thought possible.

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