Inclusion Leadership Team
What is the Y Inclusion Program?
The Inclusion Program is a unique YMCA program that directly supports children with special needs or disabilities throuh the provision of one-on-one Inclusion Facilitator support to become engaged in successful in their childcare setting.
Who are our program members?
Our program members are children between the ages of 3 and 18 with special needs, who currently attend an afterschool program, daycare or preschool in Orange County. Our children's special needs include Autism, Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, ADHD, emotional distrubance, developmental and learning disabilities and other needs.
Why do we need your help?
Most of the children we serve are consumers of the Regional Center of Orange County. The Regional Center provides them with access to and funds for support services, such as Inclusion. However, some of the children in need of our services do not qualify for the Regional Center, or are in need of immediate assistance while they wait for their Regional Center application to be processed. These families pay for Inclusion services out of their pockets, while also paying for daycare or preschool and the high cost of living in Orange County. We need your help to make these vital services as affordable as possible for our kids and their families. The Y Inclusion program offers financial assistance to families in need, to ensure that every child in need is able to access services, regardless of their family's financial situation. Your help will allow us to provide much needed financial assistance to these families, so that their children can safely and successfully attend afterschool programs, daycare and preschools alongside their typically developing peers.
Where does your gift go?
100% of your gift goes directly to our scholarship fund, to provide financial assistance to families of the children in our program. Scholarship funds are used for enrollment fees and 1:1 services. You can rest assured that your gift goes directly to a child with special needs in your local community.
Why is your gift important to us?
Our children are truly special, in every sense of the word. They deserve an opportunity to learn, thrive and enjoy life alongside their typically developing peers. Your gift will provide them with a sense of belonging and open up valuable doors of opportunity. Please consider donating today!
Want to know more about us? Visit our website! www.ymcaoc.org/inclusion