The National Inclusion Project is partnering with other national organizations on a new youth-led national inclusion campaign: I am Norm!
The I am Norm campaign is working to:
- Raise awareness about inclusion through a viral video campaign and website
- Provide opportunities for youth and adults to share their ideas about inclusion
- Promote inclusive practices in schools and community organizations
December 6-10 is Inclusive Schools Week and we've created a free I am Norm Educational Guide which can be downloaded from the site and used to promote disability rights and inclusion this month and beyond.
The campaign is giving away 2 free HD video cameras to the best I am Norm videos submitted. One will go to an individual and one to a class/club. Details are on the website.
The I am Norm campaign was 'born' when twenty teenage leaders from across the country came together at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland last January for a National Youth Inclusion Summit. Before coming to the Summit, each teen held an Including Samuel viewing party and discussion in their community. The goal of the summit was to develop an advocacy campaign for the full social and educational inclusion of people with disabilities.
Here are easy ways you can help launch the campaign:
- Post the I am Norm website and the YouTube video on your personal and/or organizational Facebook pages.
- Tweet the links if you use Twitter.
- Make the I am Norm button your profile picture and ask others to do the same. It can be downloaded from the website.
- Put the word out through other social media (MySpace, LinkedIn, blogs, etc.).
- Ask your organizations and schools to put I am Norm into newsletters and websites.
- Use I am Norm part of your Inclusive Schools Week celebration. See more about ISW at www.inclusiveschools.org.
Thanks, and BE NORM!