An Inclusion To-Do List

Today marks the first day of the Hebrew month of Elul, the final month in the Jewish calendar. As we draw closer to Rosh Hashanah, the start of the New Jewish Year, we use this time to focus on personal reflection and renewal.

I am participating in #BlogElul (read more about the project here) as a way to think deeply about my own inclusive practices and reflect on the ways in which I still strive to grow.

I have said often that inclusion is not a program. And inclusion is not something that we do for people with disabilities. Rather, inclusion is a mindset, an attitude, a way of thinking that opens doors to opportunities for meaningful engagement, contribution and belonging.

But is that enough? Can we just think good thoughts and have the right attitudes and POOF all will be inclusive? It seems fairly obvious that we have to DO something to make inclusion a reality. So, I have drafted my suggestions for an inclusion to-do list:

Inclusion To-Do List Removing the Stumbling Block

What will you put on your to-do list in the year ahead to make your school, your organization, your faith community more inclusive? 

BlogElul 2014 inclusion to-do listThis post is a part of the month-long series #BlogElul. The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holy Days, is traditionally a time of renewal and reflection. We look to begin the year with a clean slate, starting anew, refreshed. All month, along with others, I'll be blogging a thought or two for each day to help with the month of preparation... 

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