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Inclusion During The Holidays

Two children, male and female, and their grandmother, who is using a wheelchair pushed by the male grandchild, as they stroll through a shopping center decorated with holiday decor.
Inclusion during the holiday season isn't necessarily just about the day of the Holiday, but about all of the associated activities, like gift shopping!

The holiday season is in full swing and with all of the lights, shopping, and general festivities it can be easy to lose sight of those who may be alone, making this season of joy and celebration an especially challenging time.

For those who have lost loved ones in recent or past years, those who may live in a nursing facility, those who, due to age or disability, have difficulty participating in holiday activities, and for those who lack friends and family nearby with whom to enjoy the holidays, inclusion during this time of year is particularly important.

If you're wondering what you can do to help ease a sense of loneliness or isolation for others you might ask yourself who among your own friends, family, and acquaintances may be experiencing a difficult time during the holidays. If you can find the time for an extra visit, a day out while shopping, or even a phone call, the positive impact on their holiday season is likely to be much greater than the effort made, however great that may be.

If you have a home that is inaccessible to a friend or family member, perhaps it could be made temporarily accessible with the help of a ramp or a wheelchair so that they too can join the family for a meal, gift opening, or other activities. If not, perhaps visiting them where they live or better yet, asking them to join you for a holiday event out on the town would be more appropriate.

We all know that inclusion and caring is important but it can be even more so during a time of year that some find to be the most difficult emotionally. Inclusion can take a lot of different forms and you may know who among your friends and family is experiencing a particularly difficult holiday season this year and how they would most appreciate being included, so be sure to keep inclusion on your mind in whatever form it takes during your holiday celebrations and make a big positive impact this holiday season.

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