About Kids Together®
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.
Goals of Kids Together ® (For all ages)
- make the regular environments of our communities more universal 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 its benefits for everyone.
- demonstrate inclusive practices through various community events.
- promote accessibility and universal design.
Listed below is the history and how to support Kids Together®. 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 registered trademarked name, all use for other organizations is strictly prohibited.
History of Kids Together®
Kids Together® 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 disabilities. 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 than 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 were 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 the 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, national listserv, email newsletter nationwide, and presenting, participating and providing input to state agencies and statewide coalitions.
Together we can make a difference
Together we are better!
Supporting Kids Together®
Kids Together® 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.
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!
Suggestions are always welcome.
Tax-deductible donations can be made to Kids Together®
P.O. Box 574
Quakertown, PA 18954
email staff @ kidstogether.org