Emma loved Inclusion Connections and its job program; PawsAbilities. When she could muster the confidence she would go on fundraising appearances to talk and share, and always win a grant of some sort. Well, almost always. I found this speech she prepared to win a grant that didn’t work out. And yet, it tells a little bit of her story and how Inclusion Connections was very much a part.
“Hello my name is Emma Lengquist and I graduated in May 2016. I have felt my opportunities are limited as I’m not able to drive I don’t have a job and I really want my own apartment and experience life like my friends.
“Inclusion Connections is helping me get there. This week I started training in their new dog treat program where I am going to make a sell dog treats. I’m very excited about developing my marketing because I am good at talking to people. With this experience, it will help me with my goals in life so that my dream can come true.
“I am also a dog lover!!! I am very passionate about dogs. I have 3 dogs at home; a husky named Bolt, a Maltese Pomeranian named Princess and a Jack Russell terrier named Spot.
“Inclusion Connections also helps me meet new friends and give me a place to go. Our activity center is a fun place to hang out. It is where I can be alone or hangout with my awesome friends. My favorite activities that I like doing are karaoke and dancing. I love to dance and sing! I also like the fashion show they have every year because I get to dress up and show everyone my dance moves.
“Inclusion Connections has changed my life in so many ways. I love how so many people volunteer. Just coming to Inclusion Connections allows me to feel like a normal kid instead of feeling scared that people will not accept me. I love Inclusion Connections so much because they don’t look at us as kids with disabilities as much as they look at us as any other person that has a few glitches. We all have glitches, right? We also have big hearts. And that should make up for the glitches. Inclusion Connections is a place for us. It’s a place for me. We can always use more people that understand that and want to help.
Thank you very much for your time.”