INCLUDEnyc BLOG

The Official Unofficial INCLUDEnyc Ambassador

Through my journey with INCLUDEnyc, and all the vital resources I have received, I have also grown as an advocate for the disability community. I was born in the Caribbean where disclosing a disability was not common, so when I learned I had dyslexia, it made me want to learn how to fight for myself and my loved ones. Later, when I learned my daughter had dyslexia and autism I started advocating even more.

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It Takes A Village

As a parent, you do as much as you can for your family. You spend time with your children, you take care of them, and you hope to instill values in them. But they also become their own individuals. And it takes a village to raise and support them

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Getting to the Finish Line—Graduation!

I am so fortunate to have a community of support to help me through to the finish line—high school graduation! My advisor first told me about Project Possibility. I wanted to figure out what to do after high school, so I was interested in learning more

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What my son with autism taught me about parenting

My six year old son Alessandro is on the autism spectrum and I’m in awe of his resilience during this difficult pandemic year. Online learning and tele-therapy, disruptive school schedules, and social isolation were all in the mix. I learned a lot about myself—and some new parenting strategies.
 

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Life with Annie

From the moment I was born, my life was changed irrevocably by Annie, in the way that my parents’ lives were changed when they found out that their first born child had Down Syndrome.

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Taking the Leap with INCLUDEnyc

“I am so proud of graduating high school on time,” Enrique shared. In high school, Enrique had been told that it would take him 5 or 6 years to graduate. “I proved them wrong. I graduated high school on time with a Regents diploma.”
 

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Building Confidence for the Career of My Dreams

I’m on the spectrum and sometimes, it takes me longer to complete tasks. In high school, I was nervous about life after graduation. My mom recommended that I visit INCLUDEnyc. With their team, I worked on some goals, like becoming more independent traveling throughout NYC and speaking up for myself.

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18

This is hard to believe, but my Jack turns 18 tomorrow. He turns 18 at a time in our country’s history like no other.

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Unstoppable: College and Career Ahead

My twin brother David and I were born prematurely at about 6 months. My family didn’t think that we would survive, but we did. In the beginning, school was hard for me. I had trouble learning, especially in math. It was difficult to pay attention.

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Disability or Thinking Differently?

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