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The Voice
The Project's Bi-Monthly Newsletter

A Happy Camper

By Lily's Mom

Lily is 13 years old and has Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and muscular disorders. School is not easy for Lily due to learning disorders and the inability to focus that she often has and because of physical issues that include bi-focals and coke bottle thick glasses. Lily sometimes has problems fitting in with other children her age. But at Girl Scouts, and especially the inclusive Girl Scout Camp, that is not the case.
                The Girl Scout program partnered with the National Inclusion Project is an awesome fit for a child like Lily. The Girl Scout progression program gives her the opportunity to experience the same types of activities year after year, building on what she has already learned. She can attend multiple day camps in one year that teach the same skills using different activities, giving her the opportunity to master those skills. And because of the way Girl Scouts is set up, she then has the opportunity to teach those skills to girls younger than herself. She gets the chance to be the teacher and have girls look up to her. At resident summer camp, Lily is exposed to counselors from all over the world who bring different stories and world view to her Girl Scout experience. Based on their National Inclusive Project Let's ALL Play training, these counselors adapt the activities so each girl has a positive experience, has a chance to succeed and has a chance to conquer their fears. They openly accept each girl for what she brings to camp, teaching her new skills and helping her grow and be able to teach those girls younger than herself.
                Girl Scouts camp is the one place Lily is always accepted, and always has a positive experience, returning home feeling good about herself. I just want to say THANK YOU to the Girl Scouts and the National inclusion Project for creating such a great experience for Lily!

Sept 19-20
Champions Gala
The Magic of a Smile!
Raleigh, NC

Sept 27
Abilities Network
Breakout Session
Baltimore, MD

Oct 8
Girl Scouts of South Arizona
Let's ALL Play training
Tucson, AZ

Oct 13
City of Arlington
Let's ALL Play training
Arlington, VA

Many times we have room for volunteers and supporters to attend our trainings. Email us if you are interested in joining us for one and keep an eye out for updates to our calendar.

Calling all Wrapping for Inclusion volunteers!!

Help us think outside the box - Do you know a business that may not allow us to be there multiple weeks, but who may allow a one day or weekend wrapping event? Do you work at an office that would like to host a WFI table in their building for their employees to volunteer and get their own gifts wrapped and delivered to their offices? Maybe a hotel near a shopping district would like to offer WFI in their lobby for their guests? You don't know if you don't ask!

Can't wrap or find a location, but still want to help? Donate rolls of wrapping paper, tape, boxes, and bows. And when those after Christmas sales pop up, consider buying some extra for WFI for 2015!

If you need more information, are interested in volunteering, have connections that could benefit WFI and/or a new volunteer idea please contact our Community Outreach Director Christy Thompson.


We are less than a month away from the Magic of a Smile Champions Gala and we couldn't be more excited! It is the one time of year that we get to see and catch up with a majority of our volunteers and supporters! And this year we have some very special guests joining us for the weekend that are sure to entertain and inspire you.

At our Founders' Reception on Friday night Sept 19th, Platinum and Gold ticket holders will hear from D.J. Svoboda, an artist and public speaker who brings his creation Imagiville and the Imagifriends to life and uses them as a vehicle to spread a message of hope, inspiration and awareness that those with autism and special needs are special just the way they are.

On Saturday night Sept 20th at our Champions Gala, Rick Guidotti with Positive Exposure will speak about the social and psychological experiences of people living with genetic, physical, cognitive and behavioral conditions. Rick’s presentation celebrates the richness and beauty of human diversity and will help the audience understand the Magic of a Smile.

You are NOT going to want to miss them! There is still time to register for the event. Just go to the event website for more details.
We appreciate the hard work and dedication of those who participated in our Macy’s Shop for a Cause event! We understand that our schedules can be very full, often not giving us much time for ourselves, so we sincerely thank those volunteers and supporters for taking the time to help raise awareness about the National Inclusion Project. 

To learn more about the Macy’s Shop for a Cause event or to organize your own Shop for a Cause campaign next year, contact Christy Thompson.
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