Creating
a more
inclusive
world

We Include is creating a culture of inclusion in workplaces, schools and everyday life.

1 in 4 adults has a disability

Despite popular misconceptions, disabilities are common.

Welcome to We Include, an organization created to empower people with disabilities and to advocate for their inclusion in every facet of life.
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We Include is the national arm of a Tampa Bay, Florida nonprofit Help Us Gather (HUG).  HUG helps people with disabilities connect socially and advocates for inclusion.
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HUG’s work to create personal and professional opportunities for people with disabilities became a source of happiness and hope. Its stories were shared by hundreds of news outlets in the United States and throughout the world, prompting people to reach out, asking HUG to bring its mission of inclusion and advocacy for people with disabilities to a bigger audience.
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We Include was created to do just that.

 

Help Us Gather (HUG) needs your help finding their next HUG Celebrities to fill the title of Mr. or Miss Charitable, Fearless, Inspirational and Powerful.
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This is an opportunity for individuals with special needs to have a team of professionals help them accomplish a goal or achieve a dream. It’s also a chance to step into the spotlight and be celebrated for everything that makes them unique, beautiful and valuable.
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HUG has helped past titleholders start a business, meet their hero, and even launch a modeling career. How awesome is it being a HUG celebrity? Just ask Sparkles By Maxine, Equally Fit, and professional model Ethan Holt.
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Teens and adults with disabilities are welcome to apply and anyone can nominate a HUG Celebrity.

Treat of a Lifetime

Barkworthy Baker Allison Fogarty goes on set with her idol Rachael Ray

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of people with disabilities are lonely

It has been the norm to exclude people with disabilities from workplaces, social circles, media, etc. It’s time to change that.

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Dare to create a different world with us

People with disabilities have limitless potential when given the opportunity to achieve. Watch the stories that We Include made happen by believing that a more inclusive world is not only possible — it’s better for everyone.

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Including everyone makes us​ stronger.,better.,cooler.,brighter.,happier.,bolder.,sparkle.,the bomb 🙂

At We Include, positive representation of people with disabilities takes top priority. We are making huge constructive changes in the right direction by supporting and empowering those of us with disabilities to dream, strive for goals, and enjoy who we are as we are.
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Who better to show how it’s done than the people with disabilities influencing trends, changing the game and breaking down barriers? Check out the roster of inclusion and celebrity influencers who agreed to speak out and speak up for We Include and the power of inclusion.

Inclusion Influencers

We Include unites the boldest voices to make sure the message of inclusion gets heard loud and clear.

SPEAKER AND ADVOCATE

John Frank Stephens

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MODEL AND ADVOCATE

Rachel Barcellona

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INNOVATOR

Temple Grandin

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ENTREPRENEUR

John Lee Cronin

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Inclusion is

Diversity isn’t just good for business; it’s good for the bottom line.
Stop here to learn about how companies are setting the example and making inclusion a priority.

Spectrum Designs: Custom Apparel Shop Employing Adults with Autism

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“If you want efficient employees, if you want a lack of turnover, it makes sense.”
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Click here to find how this workforce with autism is becoming
one of the most impressive, productive corporate cultures in the apparel industry.

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Spectrum Designs: Custom Apparel Shop Employing Adults with Autism

FLoK by Bekim and L’Oreal: Inclusive Beauty Trailblazers

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Who says beauty is only skin deep?
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Check out how businesses and companies of all sizes are proving that inclusion looks good from every angle.
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FLoK by Bekim and L’Oreal: Inclusive Beauty Trailblazers

Alivia: Fashion Designs by Artists with Disabilities

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Beautiful clothing can transform your mood, but what if it could also create a positive social impact?
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Alivia does both. Click here to see how the clothing company produces amazing fashion from designs created by artists with special needs.
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Alivia: Fashion Designs by Artists with Disabilities
Make Your Business Inclusive

Including is Easy. Here's How:

Click below to learn how you, your school and your business can include and empower people with disabilities.

Celebrity Influencers

Meet the people using the limelight to put a spotlight on inclusion.

MORE CELEBRITIES

of people don't know how to interact with someone with a disability.

That's too bad. They're missing out.

7 Reasons You Should Have FOMO If You’re Not Including People with Special Needs in Your Life

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People

Love

We Include is proud to showcase the beauty of diversity. Check out our lookbook of individuals with disabilities living their best lives and submit yourself or your loved one, too.

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