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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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Ready, Set, Summer!

Price just reduced! Now only $199!

Let KIT help you train your staff and ensure your summer camp program is welcoming and inclusive for ALL kids! Content only available from April 15 - September 15. So, purchase NOW!

This series Includes 4 webinars and companion guides you can use to plan an inclusive summer camp experience and train your staff to support the diverse needs of children and youth. The series is designed to be available when you need it, as both a leadership training and facilitated sessions for your staff. We’ve created facilitator guides so you can walk your team through the content at a pace that works for you!

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NEW!! KIT Academy Monthly and Yearly Subscriptions

Want to learn how to include and welcome all kids in your class or program? Now you can purchase a subscription to KIT Academy which provides full access to all of our online inclusion training and behavior support resources for one month or one year. KIT Academy is a flexible, efficient and inexpensive way to provide your team the information they need at the moment they need it, and not just at the annual training day.

With eModules, how-to videos, hundreds of virtual learning webinars and printable resources, you’ll find the right training for your disability inclusion needs.
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Celebrating Diversity with Teens

Creating a culture where teens feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and experiences and where they are celebrated for their differences is crucial to their mental health and sense of belonging. Youth should be encouraged to express their unique perspectives and to learn about and appreciate other identities. This helps them build empathy, compassion and understanding, promoting social and emotional growth.

For further insight, check out our full KIT Tip Sheet, "Celebrating Diversity with Teens," by clicking the "Learn More" button below.

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Culturally Responsive Behavior Support Practices

Check out our latest microlearning path which explores cultural responsiveness in behavior support, emphasizing understanding and respecting cultural differences, recognizing biases, and reflecting on responses to children's behavior. With 3 micro-learning videos and resources that delve into the impact of bias, framing responses with a cultural lens, and providing examples, this microlearning journey will guide you in developing culturally responsive practices to develop positive relationships with children and youth. This microlearning course and all of our best-in-class disability and behavior training and resources are available with a monthly or annual subscription to KIT Academy.

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Who 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.

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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, 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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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 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, 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, 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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The Benefits of Inclusive Play

Play is not just fun and games for children; it’s the foundation for their development. Studies indicate that engaging in play enhances children’s skills in planning, organizing, socializing, and managing emotions. Play contributes to the development of language, mathematical, and social competencies, and it also supports children’s ability to manage stress. Inclusive play is a…
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The Role of Inclusion in Child Development and Learning

In the evolving landscape of child development, inclusion is a cornerstone for nurturing an environment where every child, regardless of their abilities or background, can grow, learn, and thrive. At its core, inclusion is about belonging and feeling that your participation and voice are welcome. It’s something everyone desires and deserves. Continue reading to learn…
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Month of the Military Child: Brooke Matthews, MA, Curriculum Development Specialist

April is the Month of the Military Child (MOMC), and we want to recognize the resilience of the children and youth of our service members. We’re proud to offer support to our military children’s educators to help create and sustain inclusive practices for all. We would like to share our KIT Spotlight on Brooke Matthews,…
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"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.”

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