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

April marks the one year anniversary since the inception of MERGE, and what a year it has been. Coincidentally, April is also Autism Awareness Month and you'll see in this edition how MERGE is committed to Awareness, Acceptance & Inclusion of persons with Autism (and all diverse abilities!) into recreation, sport and camp opportunities that are offered within our communities. We believe that we strengthen our communities and enhance the potential for all when we commit to inclusive practices and culture. 

In the past year I have been blessed to meet and work with countless advocates for inclusion, each connection strengthening and validating our common mission to build communities that truly are "For All". I am energized, hopeful and optimistic about the year (and years) ahead. Thank you for being a part of this inaugural year with me. 

Lisa Drennan

MERGE Founder

EVERYONE IS GETTING INCLUSION READY FOR CAMP SEASON - ARE YOU?

MERGE has been busy sharing inclusion techniques and strategies to camp, summer program and outdoor education professionals at local conference including American Camp Association New England, Mass Recreation & Parks Association and YMCA Northeast Affinity Conference for Outdoor Educators.

Is your camp or summer program inclusion ready? Give your team the tools necessary to be inclusive in their practices of participants with diverse abilities (focusing on Autism, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders and other developmental or physical disabilities). Contact MERGE today to learn about our customized staff trainings. 
REACH OUT TO BRING A MERGE TRAINING TO YOUR PROGRAM

CELEBRATING A MILESTONE   OH WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN 

In April 2018, MERGE Founder Lisa Drennan made the decision to follow her passion to help our communities be more inclusive in their practices of persons with diverse abilities. "This past year I have been blessed to work with amazing advocates and professionals passionate about inclusion", says Drennan, "to see a team embrace the strategies shared or implement a recommendation with favorable results gives me a tremendous sense of pride in sharing my expertise and knowledge for the betterment of our communities".

MERGE provides expert guidance on inclusion of person with diverse abilities into existing social, recreation, sport or camp programming. 
LEARN MORE ABOUT MERGE SERVICES & EXPERIENCE
MERGE & FRIENDS "LIGHT IT UP BLUE" FOR AUTISM 
April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day and MERGE had the opportunity to share in the celebration of AUTISM Awareness,  Acceptance & Inclusion with attendees of the YMCA's Outdoor Educators Northeast Affinity Conference hosted by the Becket Chimney Corners YMCA in the Berkshires. Lisa Drennan provided the Keynote Address and led two breakout sessions on the topics of inclusion of persons with diverse abilities into camp or outdoor education programs. 

QUESTION: WHAT CAN I EXPECT WITH A MERGE TRAINING?

ANSWER: Every MERGE training is customized to meet your programs needs and may include: 
  • Assessment of your organizational strengths and inclusion goals
  • Customized training providing your team with the tools and confidence to successfully include person with diverse abilities into your existing offerings 
  • Hands-on exercises providing your staff the opportunity to practice suggested preventative inclusion strategies and apply them to problem solve plausible inclusion scenarios
  • Leadership team consultation to establish an implementation plan and review best practices to build an inclusive culture        
MERGE IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THE "DRIVING DECLAN" CAMPAIGN
WE WELCOME YOU TO ATTEND, SHARE AND SUPPORT THIS EVENT TAKING PLACE AT KRIGSMAN YOGA STUDIOS IN HINGHAM, MA 
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ON EVENTBRITE
READ MORE TESTIMONIALS ABOUT MERGE SERVICES HERE






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