This year, the Inclusive Schools Week theme focuses on the concept of being a HERO. This is particularly fitting because a hero is a person noted for courageous acts of character and nobility. We are proud to name …
Dr. David P. Riley
Founder of The Inclusive Schools Week and Network
as our Hero for 2016
Dr. Riley, who passed away May of this year, served as an educator, friend, advocate, and trailblazer for individuals with disabilities throughout his lifetime. First as a brother, then as a widely acclaimed educational leader and finally as Executive Director of the Urban Collaborative for Special Education Leaders. The Inclusive Schools Week was a brainchild of David’s in 2001. The concept occurred to him as he drove home one weekend from his workplace in Boston to his favorite family weekend/vacation spot on Pratt’s Island, Southport, Maine. As David would tell it, he was driving along listening to NPR radio and an interview with a guest who was expounding on the value of ‘Take your Daughter to Work Day’. His creative mind leapt from that idea to another one: “Wouldn’t it be great if we had an entire week to celebrate inclusive practices!