Sunday, June 3, 2012

Letter from National Inclusion Project

May 15, 2012

My address

Dear Deborah

It is not hard to imagine how it feels to sit on the sidelines. At some point in all of our lives, we've felt excluded. It's one of the deepest hurts because we all want-and need-to belong.

The National Inclusion Project's goal is to make sure children with disabilities are included. That's certainly a reasonable goal, isn't it?

We've told you stories of the mother who knows the heartbreak of taking one of her children to a camp while the other had to go home with her. We've also shared with you the joy a mom experienced when she heard her 8-year-old son say "mom" for the first time. Her son who had only spoken two words flourished in just a couple of weeks at camp because of passionate counselors who helped him make friends and expand his vocabulary..

We believe that every child deserves a welcoming world where he or she is included and accepted with open arms, and that's why we're asking, as a friend of the National Inclusion Project, to join us by considering a gift of $100.00. Because of your past interest in this mission, over 25,000 children have had an experience that has reached the deepest place in all of us that says, "You Belong" Your gift doesn't just change a program or two. It creates a mindset where inclusion is the norm. Can you imagine a greater gift?

On behalf of all children, with warmest regards and deepest appreciation,

Clay Aiken                                               Diane Bubel

Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel

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