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About Inclusion Connection

Our Mission

Advocating for persons with disabilities, supporting them in realizing
self-determined and healthy lives, educating families and promoting inclusive communities.

Vision of Inclusion Connection

Helping communities embrace the differences of all people by inspiring acceptance and accessibility.

Inclusion happens, regardless of ability, when everyone can:

* Learn together
* Establish meaningful friendships with typical peers
* Choose where they live
* Control their own healthcare needs and providers
* Work at a job that uses their talents and pays a realistic wage
* Unite together to help their community through volunteering

The Inclusion Connection was organized in 2004

The initial concept for the Inclusion Connection was suggested by
Waverly-Shell Rock high school students taking a class for credit entitled “Dynamics of Inclusion.”

A grant from the Iowa Governors DD Council made creating the Inclusion Connection possible. 

Today, the Inclusion Connection is governed by a board representing community leader of diverse ability, who passionately support the current mission and vision.

The Inclusion Connection board members include:

President - Norma Leibold
Organization Founder in 2004

Vice President - Teri Lynn Jorgenson
Joined the board in 2006

Treasurer - Jean Trainor
Organization Founder in 2004

Secretary - Paula Stevenson
Joined the board in 2006

Member - Ryan Laudick
Joined the board in 2011


Member - Trenna Kusick
Joined the board in 2009

Member - Amy Petersen
Joined the board in 2008

Member - Maria Peth
Organization Founder in 2004

Member - Jim Langel
Joined the board in 2009


Leave of Absence - Amy Davidson

Organization Founder in 2004

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Inclusion Connection Coordinator: Kayleen Symmonds
inclusionconnection@hotmail.com
Home: 319-352-3936
Cell: 319-215-8423

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