The Power of Inclusion

When Justine Weisner ran for a touchdown in the high school football game between Newton-Conover and West Caldwell, he provided everyone with a powerful example of inclusion.

WCNC of Charlotte, North Carolina covered this story of inclusion, something I hope more news stations go out of their way to do.   They quoted Newton-Conover Red Devil Running Back Paul Forney:

“It was nothing that’s ever happened before,” he said.

They also quoted one of the coaches:

“I’ve never been a part of a touchdown where both teams celebrated,” said Newton-Conover Coach Nick Bazzle.

This is exactly why inclusion helps everyone…it brings people together.  Those with special needs feel valued, while those who are typical experience the joys of empathy.   Take a look at this video, and tell me you don’t see and feel the power of inclusion.



About Russ Ewell

Since 1994 I have been devoted to the research and application of innovative technology solutions to education. My passion for these pursuits has been driven by my experience as a parent of children with special needs. During the economic technological growth explosion of the 1990's I was lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and was fortunate enough to find a group of people with similar interests and passions. As a result I was able to launch a non-profit called Hope Technology Group whose mission became advancing the use of technology in education. We eventually launched Hope Technology School, which has used technology to build a fascinating and effective educational program that practices full inclusion. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough to develop and build an awarding winning program called E-Soccer with the help of great friends and excellent coaches. These endeavors have left me with a continuing hunger to learn more about the possibilites of education, technology, and inclusion.

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