Inclusive Schools Week 2021

Here we are, folks. Finally, we made it to the most wonderful time of the year! Yes, it’s when all the big festive holidays converge on our calendar. But, I’m not talking about those holidays; I mean the annual celebration of Inclusive Schools Week! Each year, Inclusive Schools Network, a web-based educational resource for families,…

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In Honor Of MLK Day

We are back at it after a long, restful break and into the new year. Coming up later this month (January 27th) is a webinar on Supporting Distance Learning in Your Program, geared toward after school programs that are hosting students for virtual school. See our KIT website or any of our social media accounts…

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Feeling Thankful

I’m in a grateful state-of-mind. My family celebrated Thanksgiving early so that we could see my mother-in-law before her assisted living facility closes up tight due to reimposed restrictions in California. She turned 97 last month. So, the chance to take her out of her facility and have a safe and physically-distanced Thanksgiving meal with…

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Inclusion is the Guiding Light

I have a couple of good things to share, but first I need to rewind a bit. Back in May/June, Alissa Marotto, our Research & Evaluation Director, was working on a white paper for child & youth program administrators. She was writing about the post-quarantine return to the classroom. We’d been talking to our clients,…

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Keeping The Inclusion Passion Virtually

At the risk of turning this space into my therapy session, I’ll say again that this pandemic is stressful. It keeps us Inclusionistas from doing what we do – getting ALL kids included in their schools and communities! I find myself very stressed about how schools and programs are going to safely re-open, and I…

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Inclusion Just Takes A Little Creativity

I’ve got something to share with you that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did. It reminded me of the “Before Times,” where stories of schools or communities doing something truly inclusive would fuel my passion for days. Recently, I saw this wonderful story of an elementary school in Kentucky that surprised…

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KIT Launches At-Home Helpline

We have exciting news!! Our services are expanding to help parents during this time of home-quarantine.    The New Normal: The rapid closure of schools, childcare programs, afterschool activities, and basically all aspects of community life outside the home and immediate family due to COVID-19 has been hard on everyone. It’s been tough on adults,…

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Finding Virtual Inclusion

What day is it again? Honestly, the days all blend together when you can’t leave your house, don’t they? Last night over dinner, Will and I were shocked to realize that the “Safer at Home” order from our California Governor was nearly 2 weeks old now. We have a lot of time to fill without…

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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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Celebrating Inclusion

Today I want to send out a big Happy Birthday to Gayle Slate. Gayle and her husband Don are the inspiration behind the founding of Kids Included Together, and their contribution has been immeasurable. Gayle built the mission of KIT on her personal experience as a mother of a child with a disability who felt…

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