South Shore YMCA Spring Inclusion Newsletter
Art is for Everyone

June 25, 2016

Join us at Hanover Days!

Take part in our collaborative art project, enjoy our performances and check out our vendor tables. A collaboration between the South Shore YMCA, Friendship Home, Cardinal Cushing Centers and New England Village.

Parkinson's Spin Class

Class Begins: 

Tuesday, May 24th at the Y's Emilson Branch 

Cycling has shown to have a reduction in symptoms experienced by patients with Parkinson's Disease. 

Come give it a spin!

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Thank You!
A special thanks to all who participated in the South Shore YMCA's second annual Inclusion Awareness Week, April 24-30, 2016.

Whether you took part in the 'Perspectives on Inclusion' Art Gallery, joined us for the Inclusion Employment Forum or visited our table during Healthy Kids Day, we appreciate you celebrating with us. Our events and awareness campaign were a success because of YOU! Together, we continue to work to create a more inclusive community. 
Featured Spring Inclusion Offerings
There are still openings, enroll today!

Emilson: Building Bridges Teen Connector
Designed to help teens learn and apply appropriate social skills with their peers and in the larger community of Teen Saturdays. Ideal for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD or social/emotional challenges. We focus on learning functional social skills, then generalize the social skills by integrating into Teen Saturdays with same age peers. During integration into Teen Saturdays, inclusion support will be available, however, teens should be able to safely navigate within the larger group ratio. Upcoming Building Bridges Teen Connector: June 4, 2016, from 4:30-7:45 p.m.

Fees: $10/Member; $15/Non-Members

Quincy: Friday Night Building Bridges Teen Social Skills Group
Teen Social Skills uses social thinking strategies to set up for success. Ideal for ages 12-20 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD or any teen who can benefit from social skills coaching. This program provides an environment for teens to recognize, practice and familiarize themselves with everyday social encounters, build confidence and develop friendships. Fridays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Learn more!

Visit our website to view our spring snapshot of all our inclusion offerings and register today!
CAMP - It's For Everyone!

Day Camp Inclusion supports are available for the traditional camp experience. Partnering with the National Inclusion Project, the South Shore YMCA is proud to offer inclusion supports at Camp Gordon Clark, Quincy YMCA Camp and Nature Adventure Camp locations. For more information, view our Inclusion Camp Brochure. To schedule a screening, contact Emmy Casagrande, South Shore YMCA's Inclusion Coordinator, at (781) 829-8585 x 8249 or 
Inclusion News
SSYMCA Inclusion Team Presents at National Inclusion Project Conference!

On April 11th and 12th, the South Shore YMCA's Inclusion Team participated in the National Inclusion Project's Power of Play Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the second day of the conference, the South Shore YMCA's very own Lisa Drennan, Association Director of Inclusion, and Emmy Casagrande, Inclusion Coordinator, presented "Creating an Inclusive Camp Culture that Utilizes Support Strategies and Tools," in front of an audience of about 50. The presentation provided participants a review of the multifaceted steps to ensure camp or other social recreational settings provide the most effective strategies used to create an inclusive environment through a combination of presentation, peer sharing, demonstrations and hands on activities. 

"The session by Lisa and Emmy at the National Inclusion Project Conference was a highlight for me," stated Kathryn King, MSRA, Education & Training Specialist from Kids Included Together. "They provided a balanced mix of practical strategies, real world stories, and small group discussion. I especially enjoyed their humor and realistic presentation style, which was very engaging."  
The South Shore YMCA's Inclusion Employment Forum Draws Nearly 100 Guests Together to Learn About Inclusion in the Workplace!

From left to right: Lisa Drennan, Association Director of Inclusion, South Shore YMCA; Rick Laferriere, Lead Manager, Workforce Initiatives CVS Health; Irene Mauch, Principal, The Mauch Group; Paul Everett, Director of Human Resources, Granite City Electric Supply, Co.; Todd Marlin, General Manager, Brockton Rox; Greg Hamm, Director of Human Resources, The Chateau Restaurants/Jake and Joes Sports Grille; Leo Vercollone, President and CEO, VERC Enterprises; and Dave Urban, Employer Liaison, South Shore Collaborative on Employment.

Laura's Center for the Arts was buzzing with nearly 100 guests eager to learn during Wednesday evening's Inclusion Employment Forum, 'Benefits of a Diverse Workforce: How Inclusion Can Help Your Business,' sponsored by Commonwealth Financial Group. After a warm welcome by Lisa Drennan, the South Shore YMCA's Association Director of Inclusion, Keynote Speaker Leo Vercollone, President and CEO, VERC Enterprises, took to the stage to speak about the enormous benefits his company has experienced since hiring individuals with diverse abilities. Following Leo's engaging speech, a panel comprised of representatives from organizations that have successfully integrated inclusion into the workplace, including CVS Pharmacy, Brockton Rox, Granite City Electric and The Chateau Restaurant, used their own experiences to address the most common fears and perceptions that most people making hiring decisions hold when deciding whether or not to expand their workforce to include individuals of all abilities. 

Needless to say, the event was a huge success, and gave all guests in attendance the information necessary to overcome existing perceptions of hiring individuals of diverse abilities and begin a path toward inclusion in the workplace. Following the panel discussion, guests had the chance to network, speak with the panelists and learn more about inclusion programs at the Y. 

If you're interested in learning about topics covered at our Inclusion Employment Forum, video coverage from the event will be available soon on our website,!
Community Happenings
Join our Friends for the 
"Friendship Home Walk-With-Friends!"
Sunday, June 5th at 12:00 noon
Starts at Wompatuck State Park

FREE Spaulding Adaptive Sports Fair
Recreation for People with Physical and Cognitive Challenges
Saturday, May 21st

For inquires regarding these or any

Inclusion Programs at the South Shore YMCA, contact Lisa Drennan, Association Director of Inclusion, at or 
781-264-9400 x 3119 or visit our 

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