Celebrating Independence the Inclusive Way

National Disability Independence Day is July 26th Summer is studded with celebrations of freedom: Juneteenth, July 4th, Pride, and of course – National Disability Independence Day.  What is National Disability Independence Day? When & Why We Celebrate National Disability Independence Day is celebrated on July 26th. It commemorates the passage of the Americans with Disabilities…

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KIT Spotlight: Trailblazer, Adaptive Athlete, and Barrier Breaker, Vasu Sojitra

April is National Limb Loss & Limb Difference Awareness Month. Created by the Amputee Coalition, “Your Ordinary is Extraordinary” is their way of inviting people living with limb loss to share their individual stories and bring to light their unique experiences during this momentous month. In keeping with the campaign, KIT is shining a bright…

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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

I know all the days blur together lately, but a Friday is still a thing, right? This week I’m thinking a lot about the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is coming up on Sunday. In a normal year, I’d be in Washington, DC right now, as I was on the 25th,…

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Inclusive Partnerships – Even During a Pandemic

I’ve been thinking a lot about all of our KIT friends this week and wondering how everyone is managing during this time. In my home, we are tuning out the news and finding that is helping our emotional state. I find I am longing for ways to feel “normal” again. Here is something I saw…

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A Sign of Change

Winter Greetings, Friends! Hard to believe this is the last weekend of the year 2019, and the 2010 decade. I saw something this week that I could not resist sharing with you. It reminds me of the first time I thought about disability inclusion, and it would be another ten years before I learned about…

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2019 Disability Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re looking for some last minute gift ideas, please consider checking out the 2019 Disability Holiday Gift Guide curated by our KIT friend and disability rights advocate Emily Ladau. Shopping from this guide is a great way to fuel your passion and support disabled makers, artists, and small business owners. This year’s guide also…

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Welcome To The World, National Disability Theatre!

Every Inclusionista comes to their passion through a different doorway. You don’t practice inclusion by itself; you practice it in a community context. I entered this world through the stage door. I felt like I made an important discovery when I realized that creating theater productions with young people both with and without disabilities made…

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Theater and Inclusion – A Natural Combination!

Sometimes my passion seems to coalesce around a common topic. Happily, for me, this time the theme is theater! As many of you probably know already, my entrance to the world of inclusion came through the stage door. I was the Education Director at a large youth theater, and in that role, I found KIT.…

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Autism Acceptance Month

Happy April, Everyone! April has two big events that fuel our passion. April features both Autism Acceptance Month and the Month of the Military Child. Both are worth celebrating, in our book! Since April 2nd was the annual UN-sanctioned World Autism Day, I want to focus on that first. We’ll talk about our passion for military-connected…

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Broadway Star Uses Voice for Inclusion

Late last week, I came across a New York Times article that told the story of a Broadway star who spoke up for inclusion. During a matinee performance of his show, “The King and I,” a child with autism became disruptive. After hearing so many other audience members complaining loudly, saying things like, “Why would…

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