Spread the Word Inclusion – March 3rd

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This past year, we have seen the effects that isolation and exclusion can have on us individually, as a community, as a country, and as a global community. A pandemic, physical distancing, powerful reminders of overdue action needed for justice and equity, disruptions to the building blocks of social interaction, and more have both energized and exhausted us. They have separated and divided us. They have disconnected us from each other. And when we are disconnected, we are robbed of the opportunity to learn and grow together.

The Spread the Word campaign was built on the idea that inclusion is a skill each of us can learn and practice, together. Inclusion is a skill that builds togetherness through difference and community through adversity. Having listened to and reflected on the experiences of the grassroots leaders of the Spread the Word campaign, we believe it is more important than ever to build connection through inclusion. Though the tools we use to connect may change, our shared need for connection does not.

STW 2021v2At the very root of inclusion is the crucial need for connection. Connection is not only defined as a relationship built on an association, but a strength between individuals. A strength where two individuals can feel seen, heard, and valued. This upcoming year, Spread the Word >> Inclusion will explore the need for connection and how individuals with and without IDD need to be seen, heard, and valued in order to feel included. During this time, there is so much to do to end isolation and exclusion, so we are calling on all of you to see, hear, and value others by way of inclusion. Join our Global Day of Activation on Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Take the pledge to include at www.spreadtheword.global/pledge. Share your pledge by tagging @PledgeToInclude on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and using #PledgeToInclude. Use social media to invite others to join you.