Inclusion Rally

Check out Hamilton High Schools Inclusion Day!

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. In light of this, we are excited to announce a renewed focus of Spread the Word >> Inclusion on the importance of connection. Though the tools we use to connect may change, our shared need for connection does not.

At the very root of inclusion is the crucial need for connection. Connection is not only a relationship, but a shared strength developed between individuals. A strength where two individuals can feel seenheard, and valued. This upcoming year, Spread the Word will explore the need for connection and how individuals with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities need to be seen, heard, and valued in order to develop the skills of inclusion to build connection.

Sign the Pledge!

A youth-driven movement, everyday young people, as well as family members and advocates are creating change in their schools and communities.  To find out more information about the Inclusion campaign you can visit Spread the Word. Along with urging us to pledge to end the use of the R-word, this campaign promotes the inclusion and acceptance of people with intellectual disabilities and promotes a new R-word…Respect.

While events around the globe and here in Montana will be happening on the first Wednesday in March, many supporters in the state have planned events throughout the year to promote ending the use of the r-word.

Rally for Inclusion!

Respectful and inclusive language is essential to the movement for dignity and humanity of people with intellectual disabilities. What better way to create a positive climate than in school.  The r-word has become a common taunt to make fun of others, and whether intentional or not, creates a negative and hurtful stereotype of people with intellectual disabilities.  Create a school of inclusion and acceptance by hosting an Inclusion Rally at your school today!

Contacts

Jeannette Gray
UCS Senior Director
jgray@somt.org
(406)396-8082

Teresa Rainforth
UCS District Coordinator
trainforth@somt.org
(406)217-1119