Mission: The mission of the National Inclusion Project is to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. We support communities with inclusive programs and together create awareness about the possibilities that inclusion can bring.
Results: Since the creation of the Project in 2003 we have served over 22,000 children through programs located in 38 states. With the help of our supporters we have invested over $5M enhancing the life of children of all abilities.
Target demographics: preschool - high school
Direct beneficiaries per year: Variable up to several thousand per year.
Geographic areas served: Nationwide
Programs: Inclusive summer and out of school social/recreational/educational programs. Training and support.
I have been donating to and volunteering for the National Inclusion Project since its inception in 2004 as the Bubel Aiken Foundation. The mission statement of the organization, to ensure no child sits on the sidelines, is close to my heart as my brother-in-law, though no longer a child, has Down Syndrome. I raised him as his mother died when he was very young; and our struggles to ensure he was included in our world left me with a good understanding of what is needed for all kids to enjoy inclusion. I have attended several training sessions for volunteers and employees at the camps the NIP supports and am amazed at the efficacy of their training for these camps. I will continue to be a volunteer and a donor; I plan to ensure that the NIP is included in my will.