Throughout Erin McKenzie’s short life, her mother shared observations, surprises, and reflections inspired as Erin and her family made new connections and relationships. Some of those narratives and a few new ones, thoughts from Erin’s friends, and a collection of photographs tell this story of inclusion. Barbara McKenzie is an advocate, presenter, and organizer of gatherings about the importance of creating inclusive communities. In college during the late 60’s she considered herself a social justice activist, but when Erin was born and diagnosed with a disability, she realized how much she had to learn about welcoming everyone and discovering the gifts in each of us. Over the last two decades she has continued to learn with dear friends and leaders in the movement for full inclusion. With the loving support of her family, her passion has grown and endures.
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