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INCLUSIVE WORLD NEWSLETTER,  SEP - DEC 2020
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Inclusive World

Enabling opportunities for the differently abled
a 501(c)(3) non profit organization

Inclusive World News
December 2020

Diversity and Inclusion are about giving value to every human being, no matter our differences.

-Unknown

From the Executive Director's Desk

An inspiring message from our Executive Director reflecting back over 2020 and with a look ahead for 2021!

Inclusive World is Recipient of 2020 'Community Resource of the Year' Award by SARC


Inclusive World is so excited and humbled by this recognition from San Andreas Regional Center by being chosen for the ‘Community Resource of the year' award in 2020. This award from San Andreas Regional Center is presented based on nominations from community members to an organization that has been offering free services to the betterment of the lives of differently abled.
Carnatic Music Virtual Fundraiser and Giving Tuesday Campaign

We are so inspirited to share that Leela Mouli, our teen volunteer, hosted a Carnatic Music virtual fundraiser event on October 3 via Facebook live with Inclusive World as beneficiary. Inclusive World hosted "Giving Tuesday" fundraiser campaign on Facebook on Dec 1.
Celebration of Colors, 'Meet the Artist/ Techie"
and so much more...

The Sales and Marketing Team of Inclusive World Arts and Crafts Small Business Unit have been involved in many campaigns via Facebook to inform and engage our community by sharing the stories and faces behind our Arts and Crafts Small Business Unit and our various Skills Development Programs, through 'Meet the Artist/ Techie'. 'Celebration of Colors' is a 10 day long series that resonated with the colors and mood of the Fall season to rejoice in October on social media.
We would like to welcome Keshav Venkat, who has joined  our Person Centered Services Team, to support our effort in person centered practices! We would also like to introduce Swaminathan Ranganathan and Abhinandhan Dhole who have joined as Leads/ mentors for our Level 2 Software Testing UI UX class. 
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Skills Development Program Updates

In September 2020, Inclusive World expanded its offering of remote skills development programs. We have added an additional stream in MS Excel (Basics and Intermediate) while we continue to offer Software Testing Level I and II, Scratch Programming, Robotics and three sessions in Arts and Crafts Small Business program. 
Annual Winter Holiday Party and Talent Show

Such a thrilling evening it was! Inclusive World held our Annual Winter Holiday party on Dec 12. This year we hosted a Winter Talent show featuring talents from both our students and volunteers and this was web cast during the party along with more entertainment, games and dances!
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Fall Events


On Aug 29, our Fall Orientation was kickstarted by Shalini Suresh, our volunteer coordinator, who presented on the key aspects to anticipate with remote delivery of skills development programs to both our students and volunteers.

On Oct 4, the Arts and Crafts Small Business Unit invited guest artists Purvi Shah and Tanisha to teach us art with watercolors on canvas. The class was packed and the students loved learning new techniques from Tanisha.

On Dec 5, students from Scratch Programming class participated in Hour Of Code with Aditi Phatak from Kids Love Coding guiding our students through the class. It was a fantastic experience for our students to participate alongside millions of other coders around the globe.

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Training in Person Centered Thinking Training and more..

As Person centered practices are at the heart of our work, Inclusive World offered training to all the program leads with a view to educate and empower them. These trainings were given by TLCPCP certified trainer Trudy Grable. Our committed program leads dedicated their early Saturday mornings for 8 weeks, from Oct 17 through Dec 12, to ensure that they have a comprehensive understanding of person-centered values.

In September, the Person Centered Services Team developed One Page Profiles (OPP) to help enable a better experience in our program sessions. In December, Inclusive World conducted its first Person-centered reviews which are designed to understand how an individual has evolved so their one page profile can be updated accordingly.

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Inclusive World Behind the Scenes 

Through the year, some of our "elves" have been working on many enhancements behind the scenes, and in Dec, before we concluded our programs for the year, they spread good cheer to all our volunteers for the Holiday season.

Upcoming Spring Program Sessions


Spring session:  All of our current remote skills development programs are set to start on the second weekend of January 2021 after the Winter Holidays.  Please check our website and/or watch your email Inbox tor the exact dates and details of sessions.

Gratitude

Inclusive World would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our partners for their continued support over the years. 
 
We would like to give a special shout out to our patrons and donors who have supported us this year:
  • Mani Krishnan, Shastha Foods, for continuing employment opportunities, for adding us to their list of charities on their online shopping page.
  • Ruchika Jain and Viji Dilip, Art of Living Foundation, for continuing to foster volunteer job projects
  • Teri Brown, Heartland Hospice, for volunteer opportunities
  • Shirdi Sai Parivar, Milpitas, for donating classroom space.
  • Vinoth Gopinathan, Semantics3 Inc, for redesigning Inclusive World database and enhancing client and user experience
  • Jayaram Reddy, Cisco Webex, for enabling us with Webex accounts making our virtual classes productive
  • Aditi Phatak, Kids Love Coding, for doing Hour Of Code workshop for Scratch Programming class
  • Vidya Bharat and Bharat Vijay, AmberTag, for continuing to enable software test experience for our youth
  • Vidya Bharat, Cognimint, for enabling UI/ UX learning for our Software Test Team
  • Manohar Reddy, Reddy Law, for ongoing support in all legal matters
  • Padmaja Narsipur and team, Clearly Blue, for teaching UI/ UX concepts to our Software Test Team
  • Padma Gopalakrishnan, LAM Research Grant, for nominating us for  LAM research grant
  • Kottayam Murugan, Deepa Lakshminarayanan, Gowri Kuthanur, Dharma Kuthanur, Ganesh and Selvi Fund, for their generous donations 
We would also like to thank the continued service of our volunteers at fund-raising, in-classes, our booths be it virtual or in-person. You are integral to making Inclusive World an impactful organization.

~ Team Inclusive World

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence

- Abigail Adams
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~A special thanks to authors Devanshi Desai, Anirudh Lahiri, Samiksha Sinku, Madhu Krishnan and Gowri Kuthanur for their time and dedication in writing and editing this newsletter~

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