Laura Panetta, International Inclusion Advocate, age 7

Isn’t the universe cool? Recently here at Kids Included Together, we were notified that we have been granted special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. This makes us part of a select group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that can contribute to information dissemination, awareness, policy advocacy, and development education, and…

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Golden Moments

I have heard the stories from other families who tried to sign their child with a disability up for a class (gymnastics, music, dance, etc) or even preschool – and have been met with a deer-in-the-headlight look. They have been given a myriad of excuses of why they can’t accept their child in this class…

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“Please, Spare Kids with Special Needs the Pity”

I recently came across a pretty old blog post written by Ellen Seidman from Love That Max. It was titled “Please, Spare Kids with Special Needs the Pity” and critiqued an Irish song called “Unlucky One,” written about a child with Cerebral Palsy. I love Ellen’s writing. She shares her perspective unapologetically and never stops advocating…

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Introducing… March’s Advo-KIT of the Month, Brooke Boswell!

This month, we are celebrating the accomplishments of Brooke Boswell, March’s Advo-KIT of the Month! Brooke works as a Child, Youth, and School Services Administrator at US Army-Child, Youth and School Services in Germany! Brooke, thank you for spreading the word about inclusion across the world, and congratulations on being recognized as Advo-KIT of the…

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Announcing February’s Advo-KIT of the Month

This month, we are thrilled to showcase the amazing work and ideas of Karen Palmerlee, a Resource Specialist Teacher at Butte County Office of Education in Bangor, California! Congratulations, Karen! The following is our interview with Karen on her inclusion philosophy. When were you first introduced to inclusion? Why did you choose to become a…

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Kids Included Together’s Year in Review: 2014

The last fiscal year at KIT was a big one, full of exciting new endeavors that are going to help us expand our impact and support more and more inclusive programs across the world. This week, as we wrap up our 2014 impact report, we have a collection of stories, written by various staff members here…

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The Transformative Power of a Compliment

When I was in college, I sang in an a cappella group. Every semester, we went on a weekend retreat where we sang for hours on end. During our retreats, we also had the opportunity to bond as a group. One of the activities we did during each retreat was write “affirmations” to each other.…

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Inclusion as a Stage

A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with another blogger who told me about her son’s experience with inclusion in school. Something she said has stuck with me ever since. She told me that inclusion wasn’t working for her son because their district had a “sink or swim” mentality when it came to inclusion. She…

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Introducing December’s Advo-KIT of the Month!

This week, we are celebrating the amazing advocacy of Susan Ratkovsky, the Director at Ellsworth Air Force Base Child Development Center in South Dakota. Read ahead for our interview with our Advo-KIT. Please describe your current position and your experience working with children of all abilities. I have been in the early childhood field for…

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Including My Kids

This week, we are THRILLED to be sharing this heartwarming post by Katie Butts, author of Baseballs, Butterflies, and Blessings. Katie is the mom of two awesome kids who have different physical disabilities. Please enjoy her beautiful stories about the power of inclusion. My four-year-old daughter takes a weekly dance class and loves it.   She loves the…

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