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Developmental Disabilities Program: Inclusion


Our Definition Of Inclusion

  • Inclusion is engaging the uniqueness of the talents, beliefs, backgrounds, capabilities, and ways of living of individuals and groups when joined in a common endeavor.
  • Inclusion is engaging differences to create a culture of belonging in which people are valued and honored for the improvement of our society, world, and enterprises.
  • Inclusive behaviors are those practices and behaviors that leverage and honor the uniqueness of people¡¦s different talents, beliefs, and ways of living. Inclusive behavior transcends all differences among people by acknowledging and honoring the group identities we all possess while at the same time not being restricted by those identities.
  • When one is defined by the concept of a group, people can be limited by their knowledge or beliefs about that particular group. Instead, inclusion embraces similarities and differences at the individual and group levels for the attainment of the common endeavor.

Key Elements of Inclusion

  • Actively including others in collaboration and co-creation processes to maximize individual and collective contributions.
  • Involving the right people (regardless of rank or tenure) in innovation, decision-making, market development and leadership toward the common goals.
  • Learning to live and work together.
  • Promoting values and practices that demonstrate openness, respect, collaboration and appreciation of the validity of different points of view.
  • Recognizing and supporting the intrinsic value of all human beings by creating and sustaining conditions that foster equity, empowerment, awareness and competence at the personal, group and organizational levels.

Core Values of Inclusion

  1. Commitment-Take personal and organizational responsibility to ensure that the principles and values of inclusion are practiced.
  2. Passion-Have an unwavering desire for a culture of belonging
  3. Courage-Stand up, speak up and defend a culture of belonging. Challenge the status quo.
  4. Authenticity- Always be real and transparent with others. Demonstrate open communication, vulnerability, respect, and acceptance of one
  5. Interdependence-Respect and value all participants in our common endeavor. Reach out and engage various constituents and create
    partnerships, collaborations, community, and respectful conflict resolution.
  6. Integrity-Behave so that others will trust, respect and believe your actions, words and intentions.

Benefits of Inclusion

Innovation High Performing Organizations Commitment
Creativity Productivity Retention Increased Profits