INCLUDEnyc BLOG

Honoring the Past, Building the Future

The 8 years I spent at INCLUDEnyc were the most challenging and the most rewarding of my professional life.

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How We Reached Our 35th Year: You

This Thanksgiving, as I reflect back on my time with INCLUDEnyc, I’m filled with so much pride and gratitude. I’ve been with INCLUDEnyc for 26 of its 35 years, witnessing the struggles and triumphs. I’ve watched us grow from fewer than 10 staff members to over 30 today, with every one of those individuals helping us to reach more families than I could have imagined when I first embarked on this journey.

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Paying It Forward

I want all parents to know that INCLUDEnyc is here for you. You are not alone. Somebody is there to work with you and fight for your child.

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New York City Council Oversight Hearing on School Busing

We testify today to highlight the need for better quality and delivery of school transportation services for more than 100,000 students with disabilities in New York City. We believe there is a direct relationship between students with disabilities safely getting to school and home each day with the extent to which they make educational progress.

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Tomorrow

Music has been a part of Levi’s life since the beginning. Even before we found out she had developmental disabilities, my wife and I would often sing our kids to sleep, and she would light up and move to music she liked, even though she was struggling to learn to walk.

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Julian’s Awesome Adventures: Sesame Place is now a Certified Autism Center

I recently heard that Sesame Place had become a Certified Autism Center, which means that staff members are trained in various areas, like sensory awareness, communication, and emotional awareness. Our last trip to Sesame Place had gone well and we did have fun, but would it be different now?

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Get Your Claws Out!

Today I hope to be an example for all those people who believe they cannot get what they need for their children, in any language. Success is possible.

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The Stigma is Real

When I speak with parents through our Help Line or at a workshop, I get it. I really do. I often use my personal story to connect with the parents that I help.

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The Limitless Future of Accessible Design

“I have revisited the museum’s exhibits and each time come away with a new understanding of the role that thoughtful design can play in our everyday lives. ”

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Independence and INCLUDEnyc

“If I had to give someone some advice about living independently, I’d say they should be helpful, like do their groceries and their laundry and the dishes.”

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