INCLUDEnyc BLOG

College was possible for Ketrina Hazell

So during my last year in high school when the only option they had for me was for my to be placed in a day program because of my physical limitations, we said no. My mom and dad expected greater of me. We began the transition process all on our own and made sure my voice was present to make sure things got done. That is when we learned the truth, that college was possible. 

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What does inclusion look like outside of school for students with disabilities?

What will or should good planning for inclusion across school activities look like moving forward? The field is open for conversation....Fostering these inclusive environments should occur at all school levels, starting in early childhood settings, where interactions among peers lay the foundation for social skills and community norms.  

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“Where the H*ll Are We?” or, the transition to disabled adulthood

With a bippity boppity “You’re 22!” we are transported to the distant land of Disabled Adulthood. It’s been whispered about in social service agencies for years. It’s been alluded to in obscure corners of your IEP. You’ve been perfecting your fine and gross motor skills, picking pennies out of a sweaty piece of Theraputty to prepare you for this very moment. But…the Transition. What is it, you ask?

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A Busy Week: INCLUDEnyc Testifies TWICE

Last week, INCLUDEnyc submitted testimony at two hearings that could positively impact all New Yorkers with disabilities and all of those in New York State affected by the development of OPWDD's statewide plan. 

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The morning commute

I do not know what it’s like to be him. Yet I do this with the hopes that it will calm him down and let others know he's different. And that he’s loved.

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Reclaiming the “short bus”

But here’s where things get complicated. Wrapped up in its many layers of dust, broken seatbelts, squeaky lifts, and bizarre detours, I found something I needed—community.

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Navigating Sesame Place with a child with autism

Inclusion is one of the most amazing things that places like Sesame Place offer, and best of all, there are supports in place to support our kids. Go out, try new things, and follow your child’s lead; the worst thing that can happen is a meltdown (we deal with these anyway). But the best thing that can happen is the making of incredible memories.

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Benched: Why We All Lose When Kids With Disabilities Are Shut Out of Sports

When every child is shown early on that inclusiveness is a paramount value to strive for, we all win.

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Feelings and Facts

But it was the passion and compassion in people's voices and words that were most powerful. It was seeing the strength of people of many backgrounds, ages, identities, races, classes, and differences taking action and banding together.

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Megawatt smile, megawatt future

Marcial’s success is all his. He has done all of the hard work. I am just so proud to see this young man with the megawatt smile reach his potential, meet his goals and ultimately, succeed in life.

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