Inclusion Campaign

Alyssa Richman

Alyssa Richman is a professional bowler and has won gold medals for the 1500 meter race even though she was born with cerebral palsy. She has learned not to jump to conclusions regarding judging others who have a disability different from hers. It is a lesson she shares with us all. She has learned to live confidently.

Missy Anderson

Missy Anderson is a wife, mother and friend. She has cortical myoclonus which causes body jerks. The mobility and accessibility that we may take for granted are huge challenges for her. She was not born with this condition and now understands the barriers that exist for those who have mobility challenges and wants to help us understand the world from that perspective.

Maureen and Zac are a mother and son sharing the journey of autism. Maureen is mother to four adopted children, a teacher and a counselor and Zac’s biggest advocate and fan.  Zac is a hard worker and a force for positivity and enthusiasm in his quiet, unassuming way.

Rylan Jack's Story

Rylan loves looking for deer and elk, running, jumping, climbing and watching movies like Moana, Trolls, and Storks. He has autism and a sensory processing disorder. He is a non-verbal 3-year-old that his mom Kayla describes as “the most pure human being.” Kayla can’t imagine life without this vivacious child who has in her words “…taught us so much about love, acceptance, and kindness.”

Courtesy of Valley Life for All

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time. Tim was 19 years old when he suffered a cervical spinal cord injury while skiing. This hasn't come between him and his love of being in nature. Inspired by organizations that helped him and opened his eyes to the positive side of life, he founded Return to Dirt, an organization that aims to make anyone backcountry capable.

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time. Emily has a huge smile and a larger heart. She wants to be a spiritual counselor for other people who are struggling. She knows what it is to be bullied and helps us understand the social skills that are struggles for kids with special needs. She has high functioning autism and epilepsy.  More information about the Inclusion Campaign is available here.

Meet Cecilia: She is a mother of an amazing young adult with autism. She is a powerful advocate and a model of courage and perseverance. Knowing that Latino parents with special needs children are especially isolated moved her to begin the support group La Experanza de Emily. Read her full story here.

Valley Life for All

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities one voice at a time. We must share our voices, ask questions, be real with one another. Read the story of two mothers with small children, one with a child with Down Syndrome and the other with a child that recognizes something different about the young girl she meets in a store aisle. They share a beautiful lesson for us all. Find these stories and more about the Inclusion Campaign here.

Valley Life for All

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time. Melissa lives by the No Barriers motto: "What's within you is stronger than what is in your way." More information about the Inclusion Campaign is available here.

Valley Life for All

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities one voice at a time. We must share our voices, ask questions, be real with one another. Read the story of two mothers with small children, one with a child with Down Syndrome and the other with a child that recognizes something different about the young girl she meets in a store aisle. They share a beautiful lesson for us all. Find the story and more about the Inclusion Campaign here.

Valley Life for All

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time. Diane's sister Sheryl was diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s in January of 2013. When Sheyl and her husband decided to move from Los Angeles to the Roaring Fork Valley, Diane recreated a program called Brain Train, part of OPICA Adult Day Care Services that Sheryl was attending in California. Having flourished with help from Senior Matters, Brain Train will rebrand under the name of Roaring Fork Enrichment in January of 2019. More information about the Inclusion Campaign is available here.

Christie Henderson

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time. Christie Henderson moved to Aspen in 1999 for the ski season and never left. Her compassion for mental health began in June of 2015 when a friend made a call to the HOPEline (1 - 970 - 925 - 5858) and she credits the Hope Center with saving her life. In September 2017 she became the Outreach Coordinator. Christie shares her story openly to help others know they are not alone and it is okay to reach out.

Valley Life for All

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time. Camy was born with a chromosomal syndrome that results in developmental and emotional delays in some areas. The biggest challenge for Camy is the huge peaks and valleys in what she can do. We can all relate to the challenge of facing our own fears that she talks about in her story. Camy gives us a good pep-talk about overcoming our own challenges! More information about the Inclusion Campaign is available here.

Henry Schroeder

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time. Henry Schroeder is well known for his can-do attitude and boisterous humor. He recently stopped by KDNK with his mother Sandra Schroeder to share some stories. More information about Henry and the Inclusion Campaign is available here.

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Alea loves to laugh, dance, play dress up and jump on the trampoline. Alea has a diagnosis of FoxP1 syndrome which often manifests as intellectual disabilities, developmental delay and autism-like behaviors. This doesn't stop her from inspiring others with her enthusiasm and spirit. Alea, joined by her mother Laura Bahr, came to KDNK to express her voice. More information about Alea and the Inclusion Campaign is available here.

Valley Life for All

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time.

Inclusion Campaign: Meet Amy

May 1, 2018
Valley Life for All

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time.

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Local nonprofit Valley Life for All is launching the inclusion campaign in May, a valley-wide multi-media effort to change our perception of personal challenges. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to executive director Debbie Wilde about the Inclusion Campaign which KDNK will be promoting via our airwaves.