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INCLUSIVE WORLD NEWSLETTER, JAN-AUG 2016
INCLUSIVE WORLD
Enabling opportunities for the differently abled

a 501(c)(3) non profit organization
At Inclusive World, our mission is to identify and nurture hidden potential in differently abled teens and youth, thus motivating and molding them to be productive citizens of the world.

 EXPRESS

your creativity

through Arts and Crafts

Through hard work and dedication, our participants decorated 85 diyas in the 'Decorating Diyas' project in the Arts & Crafts small business unit over the past 6 months. While exploring their creativity, participants also learnt the business skills needed to setup a budget to procure materials and to calculate sale price for finished products. Our 10 volunteer buddies worked alongside our 10 participants, cheering and encouraging them to go the extra mile. Additionally, 100% of profit generated from sales of our products go back to fund our programs. Jewelry-making, canvas painting and block printed bags are some of the projects we have accomplished in the past. 


A Product of the Participants' Hard Work

 

Creative Hands at work

 

ENRICH
yourself

with Scratch PROGRAMMING

Scratch is a programming language developed by MIT Media Labs to enable young people learn programming concepts and apply creative thinking.  The Scratch programming session from Sept '15-April '16 comprised of 5 participants and 7 teen volunteers. The first few classes focused on learning programming concepts such as loops and conditional structures with the help of simple programs. Then we moved onto Project Based Learning where we developed projects such as Games, Art and Movies. Participants and volunteer buddies worked collaboratively, exchanging ideas and knowledge to successfully complete projects. Participants also learnt skills like perseverance from trying different debugging ideas if their programs did not work. Participants were also able to express themselves by adding details to their programs to show their individuality. Our grand finale project was "Finding Nemo, our story", check it out: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/2820990/

Participants from Scratch Programming celebrating with their Certificates

CHALLENGE yourself
using our Python Workshop series

Python is a high-level programming language which is very flexible and dynamic suited for Rapid Application Development and for scripting. In our session from Sep '15 to Jun '16, we had 2 participants and 6 teen volunteers. The teen volunteers helped in preparation of course material as well as teaching the class. Session started off with covering the fundamentals: data types, operators, expressions, loops, functions, import modules. Who doesn't love HANGMAN? We finished with building a “Hangman’ game as the final project.

EMPOWER
yourself

through our Volunteer Jobs

 
Dignified volunteering jobs instill a sense of self-worth, apart from teaching key job skills that can help differently abled youth gain employment and lead financially independent lives. We match differently abled young adults with partner organizations based on their interest and abilities. Our current partners are Access Braille, Girls Scouts office in San Jose and Art of Living foundation, Cupertino, CA.
At ACCESS BRAILLE, our volunteers help with proofreading books that are digitized and provided in a format accessible to the visually impaired. Srivatsan uses his typing skills to make electronic copies of books in print. 

At GIRLS SCOUTS' office at San Jose, our two volunteers work on e-filing Girls Scouts Awards documentation: Tasks include Scanning, organizing digital folders and shredding scanned documents. 

Our volunteer scans official documents and maintains digital folders at Art of Living Foundation, Cupertino, to help minimize storage of physical copies of documents. 
Srivatsan working on his proof-reading volunteer job, Click on the picture to watch him in action!
WELCOME
our new board members! 
Gowri Kuthanur joins us as a Guest Board Member! Gowri has been involved with  Inclusive World as a parent since its inception 4 years ago. Gowri is passionate and resourceful with a calm and cheerful disposition. We look forward to working closely with Gowri.
Please welcome, Janaki Venkat, Treasurer of Inclusive World! Janaki is a CPA by profession and we are very thankful to her for taking charge of finances of Inclusive World. We look forward to learning a lot from Janaki.

MARK
the Dates
Classes & Events



Special Guest at 'Mile Sur Mera Tumara'
August 20th, 1o:00AM -1:00PM
Event details: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1756945251209649/



Arts and Crafts classes 
September 25, 4:30PM - 6:00PM, on Sundays 
Jeena Center, Milpitas
September 10, 1:00PM - 2:30PM,  on Saturdays
Shirdi Sai Parivar, Milpitas



Scratch Programming classes 
September 10, 1:00PM - 2:30PM,  on Saturdays
Shirdi Sai Parivar, Milpitas


Class registration information will be posted soon on our Facebook page. 

 
SPREADING
Inspiration

in our Community

Inspired by her volunteer work with Inclusive World, Harshita went on to make an even greater difference, holding a fundraiser for us with her school's Special Needs Awareness Club in partnership with Citi Cafe at Evergreen Village Square, San Jose. 

EXPERIENCE
beyond our classes

The booths at Inclusive World are to sell products and spread awareness about our organization. Booths are manned by our volunteers and students, giving them the opportunity to share their experiences and motivate more people to get involved.  

MORE WAYS TO HELP...

  • Volunteer with us. We are always looking for adult and teen volunteers. We have many in-class and offline volunteering jobs that can use your skills.
  • Spread the word about our programs to organizations that serve differently abled people to help us serve a wider audience.
  • Connect us with local organizations that can provide volunteering jobs to differently abled teens and young adults.
  • Refer us to organizations/educational institutions that can offer their programs to differently abled youth.
  • Advocate with us to raise awareness -  via local events/ fundraiser events.
  • Purchase our Arts/ Crafts products. Bulk of the funds that sustain our programs come from the sale of our products.
  • Donate to our organization, your donation (money/classroom space) will help us offer high quality programs to benefit the differently abled community.
  • Share your innovative ideas on how we can serve the differently abled community better.
DONATE NOW

VOICES
of our youth and parents

Our teen volunteer Arushi says...

"I have been volunteering with Arts and Crafts for almost two years now and it has been an immensely gratifying experience for me. It feels like you are working with your family, because we are all so close in the organization. When I work with my buddy, I feel like I am making a difference by helping a single person even by simply guiding their hand."

Arts and Crafts participant Pallavi says...

"Diya painting helped me be productive and enabled me to express my creativity choosing colors of my choice and mixing patterns. I value the bonds with my peers which extends beyond our sessions."

Hear from a budding Software Engineer...

"Swapna Aunty really helped me understand and learn Python. Swapna aunty is a very good teacher no she is the best. I enjoyed meeting for classes" - Vaibhav, 2014 class.

Differently abled teen volunteer at Art of Living Foundation...

"I helped mail event flyers and the required number of tickets in envelopes by matching names to a Master list. This is a job that required minimal human interaction so even though I have communication challenges, I was productive in a group workspace.” 

Shashank voices his experience volunteering at one of our booths...

"I had the great opportunity of hosting a booth for Inclusive World in April. When hosting the booth I got the opportunity to tell people about the mission of Inclusive World and I was able to share my experiences as a volunteer. I told people about how I worked one on one with students in the Scratch programming class and how we worked together to complete the objective. Working in a booth was a very great and interesting experience for me." 

Arts and Crafts participant's parents say...

"Anu has enjoyed painting diyas at the Inclusive World program and has shown progressive improvement in her concentration skills during the painting sessions. She is able to complete 3 to 4 diyas in one session, with help from the parent and teen volunteers who interact very well with her. We look forward to bringing Anu to the program when it resumes in the fall." - Sita and Murugan.

THANK YOU
for your support

 
Many thanks to Jeena  and Shirdi Sai Parivaar temple for giving us free classroom space to run our programs.

Our sincere gratitude to Chennai Flood Relief Fundraiser, JeenaChinmaya MissionOMRUN, NrithyaNivedhan School of Dance, Nrithyakalya Dance Company and Pranava Naadam for giving us the opportunity to setup booths at their events.

Finally, Thank YOU (volunteers, donors, parents, students) for supporting Inclusive World's mission to enable opportunities for the differently abled. We wouldn't have the resources and volunteer staff  without your generous contributions of money and time.
~A special thanks to Pallavi Kuthanur, Arushi Lahiri, Shashank Venkat, Gowri Kuthanur, and Madhu Krishnan for their time and dedication in writing and editing this newsletter~

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