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Inclusion is the Future

Inclusion is the future.

Inclusion is belonging to one race, the human race.
Inclusion is a basic human right.
Inclusion is struggling to figure out how to to live with one one another.

Inclusion is not something you do to someone or for someone.
It is something we do
with one another.
Inclusion is not a person.
"The inclusion kid."
Not a program.
Not an adjective.
Not an add on.
Inclusion is a noun.

Inclusion is not something we do a little of.
It either is or isn't.
It is not a fad.
Not a bandwagon.
It is a trend, similar to democracy.
"With liberty and justice for all"
All means all.
No buts about it!

Inclusion is the opposite of exclusion.
Inclusion is not exclusion.

Inclusion is fair play, common sense, common decency, hard work.

Inclusion is elegant in its simplicity and, like love, awesome in its complexity.

Inclusion is a battle cry, a parent's cry, and child's cry to be welcomed, embraced,
cherished, prized, loved as a gift, as a wonder, a treasure.

Inclusion is not spending more money on building more prisons, mental hospitals,
nursing homes, group homes, but investing in real homes, real life, real people, all people.

Inclusion is
Pain
Struggle
Joy
Tears
Grief
Mourning
Celebration!

Inclusion is the ship that isn't even built yet.
It is a new ship.
One we build together.


Inclusion is like a good jazz combo,
like an orchestra disciplined to play melody in harmony.
Inclusion is a kaleidoscope of diversity.
Bits of colour, sound, shapes and sizes.

Inclusion is the future.

Marsha Forest, December 1994