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Winter 2021



                                                   We are meeting on Zoom! 

IC continues to grow as we meet new people through our zoom connection. People who normally would be unable to attend events in person can now attend Inclusion Center through Zoom. It's very nice for all of us to meet these new individuals. 

If you would like to join us on zoom, send us an email   


Inclusion Center Schedule 

(on Zoom)


Monday 

Work Group and chatting 10:30 to 11:00

Improv 11:30 to 12:30

 


Tuesday

Talk about Politics 10;00

Conversation Cafe 11:00 to 12:00


Friday

Work Group and Chatting 10:30 

Games 11:00 to 12:30


Mondays and Fridays are light- with games, improv, music and silliness. 

Tuesdays are Conversation Cafe -serious discussions on 'hot' topics.



In this issue:


WRITINGS:  Toilet Paper Theory by P, Sow Your Info, Poem "A Measured Hour" by M., Covid Experiences,  Poem, "A small bit of Rope" by M

  

PEOPLE : New Crew Debut, Long distance Friends, News  


BITS AND WITS:  Fact or Fiction on Social Media,  Beneficial Bits and Wits, Stress Reduction during Covid





CONVERSATION CAFE


Conversation Cafe is a chance to talk about 'hot' topics in a safe environment. 

Discussions are held each Tuesday at 11:00 


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IC conversation café, come for the intellectual stimulation, leave with a fuller heart!  No matter what the topic, from abortion to the wonders of nature, I am heartened by the opportunity to hear others’ points of view (although I sometimes scowl) and come away with a deeper understand of myself.  Please join us, no judgement and no worries, just humans being human. JC



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I love conversation cafe. We can take any topic at all and make it fascinating! We have different views and varied takes on what the subjects even mean, so conversation cafe is like traveling, for me. We start here, don't know where we're going, have an amazing trip and end feeling energized having experienced new places and deeper relationships, and I'm very glad I went! JT



COVID, DISABILITY AND THE LAW



What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other Equal Employment Opportunity Laws.


https://www.eeoc.gov/wysk/what-you-should-know-about-covid-19-and-ada-rehabilitation-act-and-other-eeo-laws



American Civil Liberty Union fact sheet.


https://www.aclu.org/fact-sheet/covid-19-disability-resources



Disability Rights as they relate to Covid


https://disabilityrightsnc.org/what-we-do/our-advocacy-work/covid-19


The American Association on Health and Disability


https://aahd.us/covid-19/



From Vt ACLU:


Clearly, 2020 has been a year of historic and related crises—a global pandemic, the devastating economic fallout, a continuing political crisis in a deeply divided nation.


But as traumatic and difficult as this year has been, there have also been glimpses of light and a better society in which the promise of American democracy is fulfilled. For all that is broken, we have also seen countless examples of courage, a rise in social justice activism, increased civic engagement, and a broader collective awareness of what is possible if we invest in and support all members of our community. 


Angela Davis said recently, “This moment holds possibilities for change we have never before experienced.” It is essential to recognize that in the midst of these related crises we have an opportunity to undo and replace so much of the racial and economic injustice on which this country was founded and which continues to this day—and that we must do that through sustained political engagement.


That is the work of the American Civil Liberties Union. For those unfamiliar with the organization, the ACLU is a nationwide, nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization, working in the courts, the legislature, and in communities to preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU of Vermont was founded in 1967, in the midst of the civil rights movements of the 1960s, and through more than five decades, racial and economic justice have remained at the core of that work—from police accountability and criminal justice reform to disability rights, voting rights, religious liberty, reproductive freedom and more.

For anyone who supports these efforts—and in order for this work to be successful—there are many ways to get involved.  You can sign up for free ACLU of Vermont action alerts to stay informed on the critical issues of the day.  You can become an ACLU of Vermont member or donate to the ACLU Foundation of Vermont. You can follow us and share our updates on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


For all that has changed, and no matter what 2021 holds in store, the ACLU’s mission remains unchanged—to realize the promise of justice and equality for all people, particularly those from whom that promise has been withheld throughout our history. Come what may, the ACLU and its members will continue working to build a more perfect union—one that ensures we the people really does include all of us.

Stay safe everyone!


Contact your friends and family. 


Physically distanced does not mean Socially distanced!



Inclusion Center growing and changing. 
Please take our survey. 

Inclusion Center has gone through many changes since our beginning and we continue to change, adjust and grow during this time of Covid.

We now meet on-line through zoom. We understand this works for some and does not work for others.

It is time for us to receive input from the larger group. Please fill out the survey (it will take only a few minutes), and feel free to write us an email with all your ideas, thoughts and feelings that you would like to share with us.

As always, Inclusion Center is only as strong, fun, joyous, serious, silly, and functional as the people who show up and speak up.

We look forward to reading the results of the survey and reading your input.



WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IC


WHEN I FIRST CAME TO INCLUSION CENTER......


When I found out about the inclusion Center I thought it would be a good thing for me to try. I thought it would be a good distraction From my present situation.  What I found was that it is so much more than just a distraction.

 

The Inclusion Center allows me to reach out and connect to other people, To be social,  to have good conversations,  to meet some really good people, to have some fun,  to talk, to listen, and to not be  alone. I had no idea how much I really missed this type of contact with other people.  

Thank You Inclusion Center and all my friends on Zoom!!!!!!!!!

P.


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Everyone welcomed me to the Inclusion Center immediately. Nobody was judgemental. Disabled people are just like anyone else. We all have problems. 


I am very happy and comfortable and at ease at the Inclusion Center. -c


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when I first joined inclusion center, on zoom in march, i was shy. so many new faces!  But i was welcomed so deeply that I soon felt comfortable. I even remember crying in those early days about something that was haunting my soul and wonder of wonders, folks listened and did not judge.  and were sympathetic.  It was wonderful.


I came with a brain that had been affected by Lyme Disease. Everyone was patient and gentle as I struggled to finish sentences or ideas. 


 What a relief to not be rushed as i spoke. To feel comfortable enough to say the words, "I don't remember what I was going to say."  There was none of the feeling that I had to rush to complete my thoughts or intentions. A very new experience. Talking to agencies or doctors, until that point, had been traumatic.


I have made great friends at the center, spoken of important issues, been made to feel so accepted. and have opened up in this safe environment, about my other mental and physical issues. M.