Second annual Inclusion Summit to be held on campus June 9

An honorary doctorate from WCU in 2012 recognized the achievements of the late Billy Schulz and his mother, Jane Schulz.

The University Participation Program at Western Carolina University will host its second annual Inclusion Summit Friday, June 9, to discuss education of students with disabilities and special needs in regular classrooms.

The summit will begin at 1 p.m. in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. Preregistration is required at $25 per person, with a Tuesday, June 6, deadline.

Ann and Rud Turnbull

Keynote speakers will be Ann and Rud Turnbull of Chapel Hill, internationally known special education advocates and co-founders of the Beach Center on Disability at the University of Kansas. They were named as two of 36 people who have “changed the course of history for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the 20th century.” Both are emeritus faculty at the University of Kansas.

A special guest of honor will be Jane Schulz, a former WCU faculty member and honorary doctorate recipient. Now 92 years old, she served on the faculty for 21 years, teaching special education. Her son, Billy, had Downs syndrome and worked at Hunter Library during that time. Billy passed away in September 2012.

Life with Billy inspired Schulz to embark on a new career as an educator and advocate for children and adults with disabilities. She earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at Auburn University, then authored “Mainstreaming Exceptional Students: A Guide for Classroom Teachers,” considered a landmark text in the field, and “Parents and Professionals in Special Education.” She was awarded an honorary doctorate from WCU, along with Billy, posthumously, in December 2012.

David Westling

David Westling

Schulz’s memoir, “Grown Man Now,” about her life with Billy, will be given to all summit attendees.

“Jane is a most knowledgeable, witty, kind and gracious woman, and I personally am very happy that she will be able to join us for this event,” said David Westling, WCU’s Adelaide Worth Daniels Distinguished Professor of Special Education and summit organizer. “I’m sure everyone will enjoy seeing her again, or meeting her for the first time. Regardless, I know everyone will benefit from her presence at the event.”

Preregistration is available at this website. For more information, call WCU’s Division of Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397.