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Disability Inclusion & Behavior Support Training
Together, we’ll make sure that all kids thrive

More About KIT

Our Services

What’s New at KIT?

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Virtual Learning: Leadership Series

Building a Support Network: Support networks are connections among staff that lead to emotional safety. In this webinar, we'll discuss how to use resiliency practices to build support networks.

September Webinar Release: Wednesday, 9/28

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Back to After School

Let’s face it, the transition from traditional summer programs into an after school structure can be challenging for both students and providers. Summer camp programs grant children more choices and freedom in their day compared to the typical organization of an after school program. There’s the pressure of academics, sitting and paying close attention all day and participating in mostly teacher-directed activities. Often, we’ll see children holding it all together during the school day and then struggling in their after-school time, when their threshold has been reached.

KIT can help. Our Back to After School series prepares after school providers for the transition from traditional summer programs into an after school mindset. Equip yourself with the right tools and guidance to make the shift as seamless as possible for everyone.

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LEARN online HOW TO BE INCLUSIVE!

Want to learn how to include and welcome all kids in your class or program? KIT can help! KIT Academy is our user-friendly, intuitive, and easy to use online learning platform.   Browse the KIT Academy Store to enroll in courses for help on specific topics or challenges. Or, purchase a KIT Academy All-Access Pass for only $99 to get full access for an entire year. That includes a year’s worth of our monthly live webinars too! Use KIT Academy for all of your professional development needs with over 50 hours of online training, over 80 downloadable resources and earn up to 12.1 IACET-accredited CEU’s. You will find it easier than ever to expand your learning about disability inclusion and behavior support with KIT Academy.

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Unpacking Behavior: Is it expected, challenging, concerning or unsafe?

Children and youth bring a variety of behaviors into your programs every day. We know this and expect it. But sometimes, behavior goes beyond what we expect and causes concern, or might be unsafe. This webinar will help you learn to distinguish between developmentally expected, challenging, concerning, and unsafe behavior.

Learners will distinguish between typical, challenging, concerning, and unsafe behaviors in a series of statements.

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What is KIT?

We provide dynamic online and on-site training, innovative consultations, expert policy and standards development, and empowering coaching that gives people who work with children a “want to, can do, and will do” attitude towards welcoming kids with disabilities or other complex needs. KIT is also an authorized provider of International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) CEU’s for online training to support your professional development needs.

Free Download: The Inclusion Checklist for Programs

Do you want to make sure your class or program is inclusive, but don't know where to start? Are you or staff members struggling to serve some children, and you aren't sure why? Are parents enrolling kids who need extra support, but not telling you about it in advance? The Inclusion Checklist for Programs will help you assess your class or program in 16 categories so you can start, improve, or excel at serving kids with and without disabilities, behavior challenges, or other complex needs. The Checklist is a great tool KIT developed to use with your team and uncover growth opportunities together!

 

Everyone can be inclusive. KIT can help.

Inclusive Checklist

MEET OUR TRAINERS AND INCLUSION SUPPORT STAFF

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Melissa Beck, MSEd, CTRS has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. She has worked in nonprofit, government, for-profit and higher education. Melissa previously served as the Executive Director with Colorado Afterschool Partnership, facilitating statewide collaboration for equity in out of school time programs. Melissa is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, has her MS Ed in Therapeutic Recreation and her Bachelor’s in Psychology.

"Inclusion is more than a word, it’s a way of life."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Phillip Collazo, MSEd, CYT is no stranger to the world of teaching, having spent over ten years as a special educator and behavioral specialist – which has taught him the value of including children and adolescents, with and without disabilities. Phillip also has extensive experience teaching the arts and yoga, and strives to incorporate multi–sensory teaching strategies to meet the diverse learning needs of students with a wide range of abilities.

"Inclusion cultivates a world where we can learn to appreciate differences, instead of simply tolerating them."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Cheri DeAngelis, BSW, is a child and youth development specialist. Cheri has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She has spent the past 27 years providing professional development, mentoring and coaching services with and for ASES’s, ASSET’s, 21st CCLC, licensed fee-based, parks and recreation, CBO, religious, nonprofit organizations, out-of-school time and expanded learning programs, and preschools.

"Every child has a right to live, learn and have fun in an environment that provides opportunities for them to grow, make friends, discover and explore."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Greg Johnson, MS, earned an AA in Elementary Physical Education with an endorsement in Adaptive Education, BS in the Psychology of Human Development, and an MS in Sports Management and Administration. He taught special education for eight years and worked with children with disabilities for 15 years. He previously served as the Administrative Behavior Coordinator for a school district in Washington state and was the Supervisory Program Specialist for the middle school teen program at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

“Inclusion is the limitless acceptance and participation of everyone!”

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Alissa Marotto, MS, sets the research agenda at KIT, develops evaluation activities, and implements data systems. She has a BA in Psychology and an MS in Child and Family Development. She has facilitated research projects in university settings related to parent-child interactions, theory of mind, educator training, early intervention, and inclusion in school age programs. She also has direct experience as an early childhood educator, behavioral therapist, counselor, disabilities specialist, in-home therapy clinician, and data and planning director.

“Inclusion means planning for differences.”

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Nili Mathews, CTRS, is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with over 25 years of experience working with people with disabilities. She has a BA in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapy. Nili has worked in physical rehabilitation, mental health, residential camping and community recreation. Nili was the second hire at the pilot program at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, which later became Kids Included Together, she has remained dedicated to the KIT mission ever since.

"Inclusion, a group that accepts, respects, and celebrates all individuals for who they are."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Brooke Matthews wearing a black and grey patterned jacket.

Brooke Matthews, MA, has over 15 years of experience working in Child & Youth Programs for both the Navy and Air Force services. Her experiences range from working in the classroom as a direct care employee to overseeing all operations of a Youth Program as the Director. Additionally, she has also been an Endorser for the Council on Accreditation since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and Management and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education.

"Inclusion creates meaningful opportunities and experiences for ALL."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Marissa Price received a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Development from Florida International University. Throughout her final year of college, she worked as a Lead Pre-Kindergarten teacher for the Flagler County Public School System. Upon completion of her degree, Marissa relocated to Washington, D.C. where she served as a Training and Curriculum Specialist for Army Child and Youth Services at Fort Belvoir.

"Inclusion is the key to growth and unquestioned acceptance."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Laura Jenks, MS has over ten years of experience supporting people with disabilities in inclusive settings. She has a BS in Sociology and Special Education from the University of Oregon and an MS in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Laura has varied experience in case management, assisted living, and parks and recreation.

"Inclusion…Everyone, everything, everywhere... always."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Emily Kentro wearing a dark orange blouse.

Emily Kentro joined KIT as Support Center Manager in April of 2014. She has over 25 years of experience working with child care, residential, recreation, and educational youth programs in San Diego. Emily has been a KIT fan for a long time. She attended KIT training as a YMCA staff member and several years ago raised $1,000 to participate in a KIT fundraising event, Over the Edge.

"Inclusion is welcoming, embracing, and respecting others for who they are."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Audrey Vistro wearing a blue collared shirt.

Audrey Vistro, MA Ed, MA SpEd is a credentialed special education teacher. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from San Diego State University. She has a Master’s Degree in Teaching and a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Azusa Pacific University. Audrey has extensive experience working with children that have developmental delays, as well as parent training and case management.

"To me, inclusion is about accepting and appreciating others for who they are."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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Heather Wojciuch wearing a red, black and cream patterned blouse.

Heather Wojciuch, MA was driven to be an inclusion champion by her 15+ years of experience working in military child and youth programs and her desire to find ways to include children with challenging behaviors and disabilities in those environments. Yearning for some career-broadening, KIT become the right fit in 2017. Heather now serves as KIT’s Inclusion Support Center Manager and leads a team of specialists who coach and teach individuals who work in daycares, afterschool programs, and recreational activities.

"Inclusion is building a community where everyone can learn and grow."

Meet all of our KIT team here and find out why KIT is a leader in the field of disability inclusion training.

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FROM OUR BLOG

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A Better Way to Back to School Part 3: 5 Inclusion Ideas for Rainy Day Recess 

The air is getting crisper, leaves are beginning to change. We’re deep into the back-to-school swing now as September ebbs into October. Routines are taking shape! We’ve already discussed how to create an inclusive classroom to start the year off strong and ways to enhance your after-school programs with inclusive activities. But what about the…
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Why It Matters: Diversity & Disability Inclusion In Arts

How to create a more inclusive art community. The arts belong to everyone – including people with disabilities. So, whether you’re an accessibility practitioner, theater or art student, or just part of a school or community theater looking to be more inclusive of those with disabilities, this blog will introduce you to the topic of…
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A Better Way to Back to School Part 2: How to Make Activities Inclusive

Activities add interest and liveliness to the academic day, and they can do the same for your after school program. When you’ve already worked to create an inclusive classroom, the next step is setting up your after school program to continue the inclusion.  As you kick off this new academic year, here’s how to put…
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Scouts of the Nation’s Capital

"KIT has been an awesome partner! Thanks for sharing your amazing organization with our community."

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Kids Country in Danville, CA

“Thank you so much for all your help! We’ve always wanted to do inclusion but we just didn’t have the tools. KIT came and said ‘here are your tools’. I don’t know what we’d do without all of KIT’s help. You’ve helped us become what we are today.”

Karyn Neves
NAS Lemoore SAC