The institute for Community Inclusion

A message from our founding director, William E. Kiernan

William E. Kiernan

The events of the last weeks have been extremely disturbing to us all, and remind us that bigotry and racism still persist. Our mission of inclusion at the ICI is the antidote to hate, exclusion, and violence. It reflects our core belief that every person is valued and entitled to respect and acceptance.

Consistent with our mission, we are committed in our resolve to ensure that communities are inclusive, and that people have access to environments that accept all, respect all, and recognize the unique qualities of each individual.

We stand unequivocally against neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism, racism, and bigotry of any kind. We stand against injustice, violence, and hatred.

We’re grateful to all of our community members who are working to increase inclusion here in Boston, nationally, and around the world. Thanks for all you do.


Inclusive play spaces are great for all kids, with and without disabilities. Learn strategies for creating these spaces, even on a tight budget, in this guide from former ICI Crocker Fellow Helena Liedtke.

ICI staffers Dr. Heike Boeltzig-Brown and Miwa Tanabe have been busy expanding networks and partnerships in Japan and selecting the next group of trainees for our Duskin Disability Leadership Program at UMass Boston. Learn more about their trip.

The Family Engagement in Online Employment Planning Intervention is looking for parents of a student with an intellectual and/or developmental disability to participate in a study to see how Facebook Messenger might be used as an effective tool to coach families on planning for employment. This study uses Facebook Messenger, as well as The Arc's Build Your Plan tool, to see how a well-planned and individualized engagement strategy might improve families' beliefs about employment for their family member with IDD. Please share this flyer with anyone you know who might be interested.

Dr. Laura Bozeman from the UMass Boston Vision Studies program is the author and presenter of this new webinar, which focuses on staying healthy and fit later in life. Learn more and access the webinar here.


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