Missouri high-school teacher Chris Holmes draws on his experience with his son who has autism to engage his students who have special needs in journalism lessons. "A newspaper has so much flexibility," Holmes says. "You can write, take photographs, work on graphics and layout. There are a lot of choices. The likelihood of failure is minimized. You can tailor your classes for them." For his work, Holmes was awarded the 18th annual Inclusion Award as the 2009 Teacher of the Year from the Governor's Council on Disability.

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