Please share something about yourself, your work, and what draws you to the Inclusion Network online community.
I grew up with seven brothers and sisters. As a child, I experienced life with a brother who had a disability. I am now the mother of two amazing children, each with disabilities. I most recently experienced the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s through the eyes my loving mother. Throughout life, I have seen how the circumstances of our lives can affect our ability to be connected and to feel that we are valued as participants in life. The opportunity to enjoy life with each of these people has instilled in me a desire to work within my community to insure that all citizens have the opportunity to enjoy the town we live and work in. All are welcome and should feel valued and be expected to participate and contribute in all aspects of life by sharing gifts according to their own ability.
What would you like to contribute to this community? What would you like to receive?
I believe, through my experience, I have an understanding of what it is like to be excluded and isolated. I believe that a truly welcoming community begins with relationships. Strong, collaborative relationships are at the core of any and all true progress we hope to influence. I would like to share my experiences of building community at a city level. Sharing the lessons I have learned will be helpful to others as they begin working within the communities, local governments, services, businesses, and schools. I hope to learn more about leadership and motivating a community of people, with and without disabilities, to become more involved in the processes that take place within a community. I want to study what works in building community and understand what has not been successful. It would also be valuable to connect with other successful people who are involved in community organizing and hear about their work and progress. I am certain this will happen through sharing stories and building relationships.
How did you hear about this community?
What are some of the questions you'd like to explore, or conversations you'd like to have with others in this community?
I want to hear stories of how others have been successful in their communities. What works and what did not and why.
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Hello Ann! Welcome to the online Inclusion Network and thank you for sharing about yourself and your experiences. It sounds like you have an exciting life and many special relationships. I hope that this network can help you to stay connected with the people from TSI and also a place for you to discuss and have conversations about the things that are important to you. Please take a look around and add your thoughts and comments to the posts that are already here. Also, please feel free to share blog posts or start discussions in the Forum. Again, thanks for being here. - Becki