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About Kids Together, Inc.

Mission Statement
"To promote inclusive communities
where all people belong"

The Goals of Kids Together, Inc. include a desire to remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities. We support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children, have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities.

Listed below is the history, how to support Kids Together and our goals. With your help we can make this website an even greater resource to support and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities, both children and adults. As volunteers submit useful information that has helped themselves, their families or others, it will be added so that the next person doesn't have to try and re-invent the wheel. The information is intended to be helpful to families, professionals, educators, advocates, self-advocates and the community!

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Note: Kids Together, Inc is a federally trademarked name, all use for other organizations is strictly prohibited.

History of Kids Together

Kids Together, Inc began in early 1995 as a large children's festival attracting over 5,000 people to Quakertown, PA. It was organized by volunteer parents of young children with crowddisabilities. Our goal was to promote children with disabilities being a part of what every other child was, and just be kids. We wanted other people to understand that having a disability was but one small part of our children, and that they are more similar to all children then they are different.

The theme of that first year's event was "celebrating children with disabilities as equals in the community". The festival continued to grow. Up to 7,000 attended and enjoyed the free entertainment, activities, exhibits and information for the next four years. The festival and the informative program was supported by many local businesses. The entire event was made accessible to people of all abilities, promoted a positive image of people with disabilities, and used only people first language in all materials. All material such as the program, flyers, handouts, t-shirts and all entertainment promoted inclusion of people with disabilities. Oh.... and EVERYONE had fun, TOGETHER!

While the festival was a huge success and helped to educate many about acceptance of people with disabilities and inclusion in school, recreation, employment and the community, in the year 2000, Kids Together changed its focus to sharing information and resources through other means such as the website, listserv, email newsletter nationwide, and presenting, participating and providing input to state agencies and statewide coalitions.

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Supporting Kids Together, Inc.

Kids Together, Inc. is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit all volunteer organization. All donations made to Kids Together are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. A non-member agency of United Way of Southeastern PA. Designate gifts to Kids Together, Inc. through Specific Care, agency code # 5142.

While donations are needed, and will help maintain the website, and organizational fees, there are other ways to help support our organization.

Help improve our website! Notify Kids Together if you find useful information to share with other parents and professionals to create inclusion and improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Find a broken link, or outdated information? Research it and notify us of the error and send the updated link or info, this would be extremely helpful, because this is all provided by volunteer work!

Thanks!

Music from the Heart
Jeff Moyer
Internationally known songsmith, performer, and writer!
http://www.jeffmoyer.com/
Awesome music for all ages!
Educates, entertains, inspires and unites!

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Use referral code KTO and 25% will go to Kids Together, Inc.!!

Goals of Kids Together, Inc. 

The Goals of Kids Together, Inc. include a desire
to remove barriers that exclude people with disabilities.
We support the belief that children with disabilities, like all children,
have the need to be welcomed, cherished and embraced in our communities

  •   make the regular environments of our communities more special for everyone,
    by helping them become accessible and better able to meet a diversity of needs.
     
  •   project a positive image of children and adults with disabilities
     
  •   promote practices that improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities.
     
  •   promote practices that improve the support services for children and adults with disabilities.
     
  •   provide information, resources, educational materials and trainings on inclusion and issues on disabilities for parents, teachers, school administrators, service providers, businesses, therapists, recreational facilities and others.
     
  •   educate the public about inclusion and it's benefits for everyone.
     
  •   demonstrate inclusive practices through various community events.

Suggestions are always welcome.
Tax deductible donations can be made to Kids Together, Inc.

Write to:
Kids Together, Inc.
P.O. Box 574
Quakertown, PA 18954

email staff @ kidstogether.org


Pennsylvania
In November 2006 Kids Together started a petition to
Support Pennsylvania's Children with Disabilities
AND Dr. Rhen!
http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?drrhen&1

Over 700 signatures were gathered and the petition was submitted to both the secretary of education, Gerald Zahorchek and Governor Ed Rendell.

We questioned why Dr. Rhen who was leader in system change was honored In July 2006 at the state transition conference, stating in the brochure that Dr. Rhen is a strong advocate for the preparation of youth to achieve successful post school outcomes and, under her leadership, the Commonwealth has made great gains and is viewed as a national leader. Yet. in November they removed her???.

 

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"Kids Together, Inc." is a federally trademarked name all other use is strictly prohibited.
Kids Together, Inc. is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit all volunteer organization advocating for the rights & interests of people with disabilities.
Website is housed as a courtesy of Enter.net and maintained by Colleen F. Tomko. Send questions or comments to staff@kidstogether.org
All donations are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes.
A non-member agency of United Way of Southeastern PA. Designate gifts to Kids Together, Inc. through Specific Care, agency code # 5142
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