National Inclusion Project: Carrying On Clay Aiken’s Vision

The National Inclusion Project

The National Inclusion Project opens doors for all kids to be included together and experience all that life has to offer. They conduct programs with community partners to teach others how to be inclusive so that kids with and without disabilities can experience lifelong benefits.

Founded by Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel, the National Inclusion Project supports the belief that no one should sit on the sidelines. Executive Director, Nick Leisey, who was a volunteer since the founding of NIP in 2003.  In our conversation, Nick and I talk about helping kids with disabilities join in the fun by helping “able” kids and parents understand how to create inclusive play opportunities.

Listen to our conversation or drop in at the time stamps below:

00:00 Introduction
00:50 National Inclusion Project: Nick Leisey
National Inclusion Project03:50 Founded by Clay Aiken, a former Special Education teacher & parent, Diane Bubel
05:35 How did Clay Aiken launch the project?
National Inclusion Project09:45 What does the National Inclusion Project do?
13:20 Do you provide programs for adults or kids?
15:48 What is the “Science of Friendship“?
18:24 What prevents “privileged” kids from interacting with kids with disabilities?
24:45 What about parents?
28:35 How to find National Inclusion Project
29:43 Social Media Tip: Michelle Podlesni – Social Media can drive business leads
30:53 Please share the podcast to your social networks!


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