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01.20 NEWSLETTER
CONSULTATION | TRAINING | IMPLEMENTATION
BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES BY PROVIDING EXPERT GUIDANCE ON INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DIVERSE ABILITIES
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January is a great time to reflect upon the year that has passed while making our goals for the year ahead. This January has been packed with exciting news, collaborations, and newfound relationships formed on the common bond of wanting more inclusive communities. 

At a recent training offered for camp counselors seeking to be more inclusive in their practices, as I was wrapping up, several people approached me afterwards to thank me, to show their appreciation, and to share the impact the training had on them. One young woman was waiting for me to finish up with those I was speaking with, and quietly approached me. Her voice was full of passion, her eyes filled with honesty as she said, "I just want to thank you so much for the work you are doing, this training was so helpful, I felt that you understood me", I took her extended hand and grasped it warmly, she continued, "I was the camper you spoke about and am now a counselor, everything you said was so true and I really hope it helps others to understand campers who have autism"

I am so honored that she trusted to share her experience with me. It has fueled me to continue on with my work, to raise awareness, to share strategies and best practice, and to help create communities FOR ALL. 

Lisa Drennan

MERGE  Founder
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THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF OUR SUCCESS IN 2019
It takes a Village - and at MERGE, we are grateful for our Village of supporters, allies, collaborating partners and friends who are equally committed to creating communities where persons with diverse abilities are welcomed, engaged and supported to be part of recreation, camp, sport and community organizations. Take a moment and share in this Year In Review and thank yourself for being a part of the success of our inclusion movement. Looking forward to a bright future together with you!
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PRIDE AND EXCITEMENT AT THE BOSTON GARDEN

This past weekend, we witnessed an entire sports community come together in the name of or friend, Andrew Lawson who lived his life as an example of inclusion in his school, sport and greater community. The Andrew Lawson Foundation 2020 Invitational filled the Garden with the excitement of basketball players and their families having an opportunity to play in his honor. Andrew taught others to see past a disability, to see a person's strengths, values, and talents - Andrew continues to teach to this day.

Well done to all involved in the planning, to the Lawson Family, and to Hull High School administration and students who are fully committed to creating an inclusive community in their schools. An additional shout out to those students involved in creating the video shown to everyone at the TD Garden - MERGE was excited to have been mentioned as involved in the Inclusion Project being piloted at Hull High School starting next week. 

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MERGE WAS ALL AROUND THE EAST COAST THIS JANUARY

What do Lacrosse Coaches, Recreation Staff, YMCA Camp Staff and family members of persons with diverse abilities all have in common? They all had the opportunity to take part in a MERGE training, providing the tools and confidence to attendees to understand the principles of inclusion and to take action on creating communities where everyone is welcomed, engaged and supported to be successful in recreation, sport or camp programs. This January, MERGE was honored to be a guest speaker, presenter, panelist or trainer at Laxcon 2020, Northern New England Park & Recreation Conference, Mass Families Organizing For Change Family Workshops and the Northeast YMCA Camp Conference.

QUESTION: Why should we use inclusion strategies for all participants?

ANSWER: When offering camp, sport or community programs it is suggested that inclusion strategies (i.e. visual schedule, expectation lists, transition countdown, positive language*) should be used with your entire, camp, team, or program. Using these strategies ensure that you are reaching all types of learners and are providing information and support in ways that everyone can participate and add value to the offering. Studies show that the group as a whole benefits from these strategies, not just children with identified learning, developmental or intellectual disabilities. In a nutshell these strategies are good #FORALL.
*to learn more about these strategies or to bring a MERGE training to your group reach out to MERGE
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