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Inclusion Awareness Week

Inclusion Awareness Week: April 16 - 22

Upcoming Events:

Creating an Inclusive Environment: A Training Ideal for Day Camp Staff from YMCA's or Other Recreational Day Camp Providers

Presented by: Laura Jenks, MS, Training and Education Specialist, Kids Included Together®

Monday, April 17th, 3:00-7:00PM

Topics explored:

  • Behavior Support Techniques: Learn strategies for addressing challenging behavior.
  • Fostering Friendships for Children with and without Disabilities: Use hands on activities to learn how to promote friendship skills.

Laura's Center for the Arts - 97 Mill Street, Hanover, MA 02339

Dinner and refreshments will be provided. $25 per person.

For more information, contact Lisa Drennan at

Register Today!

Promoting Inclusion Community Forum: How Can You Make Difference in Inclusion?

Wednesday, April 19th, 6:00-8:00PM

Quincy YMCA - 79 Coddington Street, Quincy MA

Hear motivational speakers and self-advocates Jamey Breen and Jessica Simoes share how they overcame challenges related to their disability to reach their personal and professional goals.

This event is free and open to the community, however, registration is required. RSVP to Brought to you in partnership with DDS Plymouth Area Training Committee and New England Village.

Meet Our Speakers

James Breen

Jamey Breen, Professional Speaker, Author, Advocate, and Mentor

Jamey Breen refuses to allow his Cerebral Palsy to limit or define him. A graduate of Stonehill College and life-long resident of Scituate, Jamey has authored his own book, “Keep It Rollin,” which focuses on turning life’s challenges into opportunities. He received the 2017 Community Partnership Award for self-advocacy through the Federation for Children with Special Needs for his work helping young adults become more empowered self-advocates. Through his advocacy work, Jamey encourages the public to interact with people with disabilities to create a more inclusive and active society.

Jessica Simoes

Jessica Simoes, Self Advocate, Business Owner, and Early Education Teacher’s Assistant

Born with Cerebral Palsy, Jessica Simoes has used her determination and the support of family and support staff to make her dreams a reality. A graduate of Project Forward from Cape Cod Community College, Jessica has become a successful business owner selling her handmade jewelry, and a Teacher’s Assistant at the South Shore YMCA’s Early Learning Center. Jessica resides at New England Village in Pembroke, is a strong advocate for inclusive communities, loves horseback riding and cooking.

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