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Dear Friends,

The last time I attended a costume party for Halloween, I dressed in my old Pom Pon uniform from high school. I felt silly and sexy wearing such a short skirt at my age, and I completely enjoyed showing off part of my past and my personality that evoked old dance routines and cheers for high school teams from long ago.

Thinking of that, I realized that those who see me in my regular work-a-day clothes wouldn't see this part of my identity. This is true of all of us, that we can't see on the surface the many splendors of someone's heart or mind just by looking at them. I am lucky, because in my work, I often do get to see the shine of someone's heart when they open their life to a person with an intellectual or developmental disability.

This happened just yesterday, when I met with several people who had made a young woman with a disability a welcome and included and important part of their work. Listening to them talk of what a gift she had been to them made me see, in the clearest, most incandescent way, that inclusion of all people envelopes all of us in the brightest and warmest of lights.

Happy Halloween! Wishing you a world full of treats and empty of tricks.

All the best,
Lisa Derx
Vice President

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