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06.19 NEWSLETTER
CONSULTATION | TRAINING | IMPLEMENTATION
BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING EXPERT GUIDANCE ON INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DIVERSE ABILITIES
Hello <<First Name>>,

     I've had several recent conversations around the topic of inclusion being a journey - not a destination. It's been a good reminder for me and others in the conversation that there will be hurdles and barriers in between successes and accomplishments. Situations around us will change and what worked last year may no longer yield the same results this year. We continually reassess, adjust, take a deep breath and re-commit. 
     I stand committed to take this journey with those seeking inclusion: individuals, family members, program staff and community members - together we build inclusive communities. 


Lisa Drennan

MERGE Founder
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READY-SET-GO! GETTING INCLUSION READY FOR SUMMER

     Summer Camp Programs across New England chose MERGE to provide their inclusion staff training. YMCA's and town recreation programs from the Cape to Vermont and many stops in between committed to the intentional work to learn the strategies and best practice on creating an inclusive culture to welcome, engage and support campers with diverse abilities. 
     "I have been lucky enough to have worked with Lisa in a couple of settings. She is a great presenter and resource for all of the staff at our program", shares Kate DeAngelis, CTRS, of Lexington Recreation, "Our staff benefited from learning about inclusion in a way that they can relate it to their specific program."
     It's not too late to engage MERGE to guide you on your inclusion journey. Whether you need assistance with situations that come up this summer or want to get a jump start on planning a fall training for your year-round program staff or afterschool programs, reach out to learn how MERGE can help. 
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MERGE PRESENTS FOR EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS COALITION


     Lisa Drennan of MERGE was proud to present Effective Engagement Techniques for Citizens with Diverse Abilities for members of the Bristol County Emergency Preparedness Coalition. Attendees included first responders, Board of Health staff, emergency planners and other municipal employees wanting to learn more on strategies and resources available to help towns to be inclusive in their practices of all citizens, including those with diverse abilities who may need special considerations to access services in a town emergency. 
    "42 people attended and the evaluations and comments were all very positive", stated Lisa Crowner, Department of Public Health, "t
hose in attendance commented that they enjoyed the interactive sessions and the variety of subject matter".
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QUESTION: HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THE "THAT'S NOT FAIR" STATEMENT AT CAMP?

ANSWER: You overhear a new counselor say "that's not fair, why do we reward bad behavior" when a camper who appear to be struggling gets a fidget toy. The simple answer to these type of statements whether from a staff member, other camper or other parent is "We are an inclusive camp, committed to ensuring every camper has the opportunity to succeed, this is what this camper needs to be successful".
The graphic below shows in images how differing supports (or eliminating the barrier) provide access to successful participation FOR ALL. 

                                

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