Inclusion Center

Brattleboro, Vermont 



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INCLUSION CENTER'S

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INCLUSIONCENTERVT.ORG


Inclusion Center, Inc. is a registered non profit 501c3


BY US, FOR US.

                                 

WE AT INCLUSION CENTER

Accept that life is challenging at times.

Realize everyone has unique abilities, 
talents, skills and interests. 

Know that we are all important.

Understand we can all enjoy life.

Believe everyone has something to teach 
and share with others.

Trust that others can understand us if 
we speak up.

Experience deep and lasting connections.



WORK BEYOND OUR SESSIONS


Created a video that was promoted by the Paula Poundstone podcast "Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone"


Created a traveling exhibit of our writings along with papier mache animals.


Created a Mural at Latchis Theater


Teach the public about disability related issues through posters, handouts, conversations, and disability awareness activities


Handed out 'Knock for Assistance' Stickers to local stores


Attend ADA meetings


Created videos on wheelchair accessibility and a video series called Everyday People. All videos are on youtube.


Attend and Speak at Public meetings


Have many of our videos shown on BCTV 



From BCTV

WHAT IS INCLUSION CENTER

Drop in center 

Nonprofit 

Educational

Diverse group 

Very inclusive

Fun for all ages and abilities 

Can-do attitude 

Entertaining 

A happy place 

Safe place 

Welcoming 

Unique 

An experience 

An adventure 

Easy going 

Creative 

Caring 

Requiring focus 

Supportive

 



From our 'Everyday People' Series: 

              WHAT DRAWS YOU TO INCLUSION CENTER                         

Friends

Making friends

Socialize 

Gets you out of the house 

Because others don't mind if I dress as a nut.

Sass 

Tolerant environment 

Learning new stuff 

Wanting to improve my world

I like it

I enjoy it 

I bring clients because it's a safe, tolerant place where you're accepted by peers. 

Feeling welcome even on hard days

                                     Acceptance at all times

No mandatory activities 

People part with a good attitude

Stimulating

Make so many new friends

Laughter

People get me here

 




Wheelchair Accessibility in our community: 

WHO PARTICIPATES 

Everyone in some way 

I do! 

All ages

All abilities

Anyone who wants to 

People who want to do something new

People looking for new friends

Anyone who wants to be silly or serious

Educated people

Uneducated people

You can!





HOW DO PEOPLE PARTICIPATE

By being sassy 

In accordance with ones abilities, inclinations and desires

Joining the board

By showing up

Quietly

By talking and talking and talking

Helping in Work Group

Leading activities

Teaching people

Eating by ourselves and then leaving

Any way they want to







One of our dance videos:




CONVERSATION CAFE


Conversation Cafe  is a group, public discussion on topics considered to be 'difficult'. 


Individuals at Inclusion Center choose a topic to discuss. A facilitator leads the group. We share our thoughts and feelings on the specific topic. 


People have unique views or different takes on any particular subject. At Conversation Cafe, all the views are encouraged to be spoken and are seen as valid. 


Conversation Cafe is a great chance for anyone from the community to express themselves in a safe and accepting environment. 


The climate of Conversation Cafe encourages deep conversation. While our opinions are often dramatically different from others in the room there has never been (and there never will be) anger or negativity.


A few of the topics covered so far: death with dignity, abortion, and sexual orientation.


Come see what a positive experience discussion can be!


All programs at IC are free and open to the public.


Conversation Cafe continues on Zoom.

                                                     


IMPROV!


Yes, Inclusion Center offers Improv on Mondays.  Everyone is welcome! All abilities, all levels of skill...everyone!


Robin Zegge donates her time and incredible skill to IC and leads us in this amazing, fun program. Robin has done Improv, clowning, and performing for most of her life. She has also worked with people with disabilities her entire life! Perfect combination for us. We are so fortunate to have her lead Improv at IC! 


At Improv Robin leads us, a group of individuals who have the widest range of disabilities and medical issues you can imagine, to perform together, act silly, laugh and sometimes even sing on stage! How she does this is incredible and impressive!


Most people who attend this program have never acted, nor stood  in front of others to speak, never mind perform.  It doesn't seem to matter though. Thanks to the guidance we get we all have a great time, and we even seem to do a good job once we're up there!


If you're not comfortable with the idea of performing Improv but want to watch, then come along and pull up a chair! You will certainly have a good laugh watching us. And if you want to give Improv a try, then give it a try!


All programs at IC are free and open to the public.


Improv continues to happen through Zoom. 






The rest of this page is Information about I.C. for Normal Times

LOCATION

Inclusion Center is located at 16 Bradley Ave., Brattleboro (lower level St. Michael's Episcopal Church).


HOURS

Monday 9:00 to 2:00  Friday: 9:00 to 3:00



 For information on closings due to questionable weather 

check our Facebook page and this website, (calendar section).  

IC closes 

when Brattleboro public schools 

close due to weather.

Please contact us if you would like to be a substitute facilitator who keeps Inclusion Center open on days of questionable weather.





PROGRAMS OF INCLUSION CENTER


Meet and Greet: New participants and interested community members come to see what Inclusion Center is all about on 

the First Week of each month (1l:00 to 2:00). 


Drop in Activity Sessions: Monday 9:00 to 2:00.  Friday: 9:00 to          3:00.

Face to Face:  A teaching program for those interested in            learning about Disability.

Buddy Program:  We set you up with a Buddy to have coming to Inclusion Center more comfortable for you.

Work Group: We discuss advocacy, new programs, and all things related to Inclusion Center.


Inclusion Center programs and activities 
are always growing, evolving and changing along with participant interests.

 **At IC we are each responsible for bringing our own aides, communication devices and equipment so that we may be as independent as possible. 


Inclusion Center is now chemical and fragrance free so that all who come to IC can stay as long as possible. 

What does this mean for me? 
Simply, try not to use anything with fragrances or 
chemicals on the day of IC. 

Since each person who deals with multiple chemical issues has different needs, we will talk about the specific needs of those attending IC periodically to learn just what chemicals or fragrances to be aware of for IC sessions.

-- Have a question about this? Just let us know!
Inclusion Center is an independent, unaffiliated program.