2018 Michael Lechner Award

Inclusion Connections has received the 2018 Michael Lechner Award for MERITORIOUS ADVOCACY FOR REDUCING BARRIERS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN THE COMMUNITY from the Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns! We appreciate the recognition!

Inclusion Connections Honored by City of Olathe

On October 11, 2018, Inclusion Connections was presented with a 2018 Community Award, presented by the Olathe Human Relations Commission and the Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board. This honor celebrates businesses, civic organizations, and individuals who have made a significant contribution to enhance human rights, equality, cultural diversity and the pursuit of disability inclusiveness. Director Debbie Horn and IC participant Christina Eidt proudly represented Inclusion Connections at the event.

Special Day at the K

 

 

Participants, families, board members and supporters all gathered at Royals Stadium for Special Day at the K on Sunday, September 30. Inclusion Connections was special honoree for the occasion, with a special pre-game lunch provided by hosts Rex and Jennifer Hudler. Fun activities were provided for kids, and fabulous auction items helped raise extra money. Proceeds from this annual event supported IC and the Hudler’s charity, Team Up for Down Syndrome. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make the day one to never forget.

Congressman Yoder Gives Shout Out to Inclusion Connections

United States Congressman Kevin Yoder, who serves the 3rd District of Kansas, featured Kansas City nonprofit Inclusion Connections in his latest newsletter. PawsAbilities job training program was highlighted in the article which described the organization’s efforts to equip young adults with developmental disabilities with the skills needed to obtain jobs. Executive Director Debbie Horn, Board member Rachel Mast, and participant Matthew Horn all joined the Congressman on a tour of the Inclusion Connections’ training center.

First Annual Emma Lenguist Puppy Parade

Inclusion Connections is honoring participant Emma Lenguist on Saturday, August 4, 2018 with a Puppy Parade! Emma loved dogs and her parents have brought the community together for a fun event in memory of Emma. The event helps support PawsAbilities job training program. KCTV STORY

Kansas City Star Recognizes Inclusion Connections’ Programs

Another great piece recognizing Inclusion Connections’ programs for young people with developmental disabilities in Kansas City!

2mas2KC Features PawsAbilities

Inclusion Connections’ PawsAbilities job training program has been featured in 2mas2KC Bilingual Newspaper. Read more about Delicias para perros hechas con amor en un programa de capacitacion.

Better KC

Inclusion Connections’ Director Debbie Horn appeared on Better KC to promote PawsAbilities job training program and describes a little about what trainees do and the objectives of the program – Jobs!  Young adults with disabilities who live in Kansas City are learning the skills it will take to find community based employment.

2018 Gala FashionAbility Event

Inclusion Connections’ annual signature fundraising event, Gala FashionAbility, was one for the books! Local celebrity Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals, pitched in to help raise record funds with the help of a sold-out crowd of supporters who bid on Silent and Live Auction items including an unexpected, last-minute addition of a behind-the-scenes Royals’ experience with Rex. Inclusion Connections’ participants and volunteer peers performed in an exciting fashion show which shines the spotlight on hopes, dreams and future job ambitions. Proceeds from the event support Inclusion Connections programming for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities, including the highly touted PawsAbilities employment training program. Inclusion Connections is a KCTV5 Take 5 to Care partner – here’s the story .

 

 

PawsAbilities Employment Training in Kansas City

Joe Chiodo, KCTV5 anchor in Kansas City, provided a powerful story on PawsAbilities job training program for individuals with special needs in Johnson County, Kansas. He featured the opening of our new store on Santa Fe in Olathe, KS, and profiled our mission and how the program equips participants with skills to become more independent. Visit ICPawsAbilities.org to learn more about the dog treats and products available online, at our store, and at various locations throughout the Kansas City area.  Click and Enjoy!