Inclusion In Playgrounds: Why Is It Important?

Learn how an inclusive and accessible playground is beneficial for all children and their parents. All kids want to play.  As every educator and child advocate knows, play is so essential in childhood that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights declares it as every child’s right. But the unfortunate reality is that not…

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Reflecting on Freedom for All in the Disability Community

Addressing Issues Facing BIPOC with Disabilities  When we say “freedom,” what comes to mind?  Is it flags waving in the summer heat as fireworks illuminate the sky above with red, white, and blue starbursts? It’s an iconic image! For so long, we celebrated July 4th as the only Independence Day for the USA, a time…

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How to Foster Friendships Between Kids With and Without Disabilities

Fostering Friendships Just in Time for National Best Friends Day – June 8th From joyous, judgment-free days spent together to constructive opinions from our closest confidants, we know that friendship is a valuable asset to our happiness as humans. It does a lot of good for our well-being and quality of life: It opens our…

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Your Step-by-Step Checklist for Planning an Inclusive Prom

The approaching close of a school year means graduation plans and summer just around the corner… But before those can happen, prom season is slated to make an appearance yet again! It’s an opportunity to dress to express, make memories, take awkward photos, and revel in being a high school student. For kids with disabilities,…

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Autism Acceptance Month 2022: Understanding & Celebrating Invisible Disabilities

Every April, the world comes together to celebrate Autism Acceptance & Awareness Month. As inclusion advocates, it’s an important time to reflect on not only what autism is but more importantly, to remind ourselves that autism isn’t linear and that each person with autism has their own unique strengths and needs in different areas. We’ve…

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FREE Inclusion 101 Course

Our new “I Can Be Inclusive” eSeries just launched and we’re giving away the first course, Inclusion 101 for FREE! The eSeries includes 5 courses to help you get started on your inclusion journey. The “I Can Be Inclusive” course is the perfect jumping-off point for those who want to start thinking about disability in…

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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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