You Freed Him From the Tower

A speech given to the student body of Montclair Renaissance Middle School during Autism Awareness Month by Bryan Lonegan, father of a 16-year-old boy with autism Good morning, Renaissance. When Reena (English teacher) asked me to speak here about autism awareness, I figured that it would be easy enough. After all, I’ve done a lot of…

The Journey of Grace

My daughter Grace has Down syndrome and her journey has been the journey of every child, filled with possibilities and challenges….waiting for her to unfold as a person and discover herself. Our son Brandon, who was 10 years old when Grace was born said it best…..”So what if she has Down syndrome, what’s the big…

My “Aha” Moment

This will be the first blog post that I and others contribute to NJCIE’s website.  We have been working hard to rethink and restructure the website to support families, schools and communities in building inclusive schools and communities.  The blog will be an integral part of this journey. This new start for our website made…