MERGE Diverse Abilities Inclusion Consulting understands and celebrates that people interact, learn and experience the world around them differently. We build stronger communities by providing expert guidance on inclusion of persons with diverse abilities. We work with community organizations providing recreation or social programs for the general population who are seeking to become more inclusive in their practices to ensure community members with diverse abilities are welcomed, engaged and successful in participation.
SEE HOW INCLUSION FITS YOUR ORGANIZATION!
About Our Founder
Lisa Drennan is an innovative leader with a demonstrated commitment to building inclusive communities. Lisa possesses a specialty with over 34 years’ experience in supporting individuals with diverse abilities.
First ever Association Director of Inclusion for the South Shore YMCA, Norwell MA. Raising up the inclusion initiative through innovative program development, implementation of staff training and effective education and awareness building throughout the YMCA community.
National chairperson of YMCA of the USA’s Diverse Abilities Working Group, providing a platform of education, resources and consultation for YMCA’s across the country.
Director of the Sollar Wellness Center, Pembroke MA, a first-of-its-kind wellness facility offering wellness and enrichment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Senior Leadership Team member, New England Village, Pembroke MA, leading the organizations strategic plan implementation, co-developer of Positive Support Techniques guidelines and Best Practices training series on effective fitness and enrichment class instruction.
Enrichment Coordinator and Direct Support Staff at New England Village with a focus on the positively guiding individuals with developmental disabilities to reach their enrichment goals.
Dedicated member of her community with years of volunteer and community service.
Who We Serve
Our services are beneficial for organizations providing recreation or social programs for the general population who are seeking to become more inclusive in their practices to ensure community members with diverse abilities are welcomed, engaged and successful in participation.
YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, JCC’s
Town Recreation Programs
Summer Camps, Afterschool Programs
Sports teams or leagues
Fitness, enrichment and art instructional classes
Libraries, Churches, Scouts
Available for public speaking at seminars, conferences or panel discussions on topics relative to best practices and the benefits of community inclusion of persons with diverse abilities.
Mass Recreation and Park Association
Association of YMCA Professionals
National Inclusion Project’s Annual Conference
Opportunity Quincy Focus on Inclusion
Mass Down Syndrome Congress
Best Buddies Women in Leadership Conference
South Shore Vocational Rehab Mental Health Employment Summit
Access Recreation Boston
US Lacrosse Association and Adaptive Lacrosse Conferences
What our friends are saying about us...
Lisa's transformative leaderships has helped to shape the Y movement around inclusion and equity for individuals and communities with diverse abilities. Her compassaionate, thoughtful, strategic, knowledgeable and methodical approach has resulted in an increase in the level of awareness, capacity and competencies of hundreds (maybe thousands) of Y staff and volunteers - and beyond - related to inclusion and equity for all.
- Chad Nico Hiu, Director, Diversity & Inclusion
YMCA OF THE USA
Diverse Abilities Profile
MERGE is committed to helping all recreation, social and sports programs in the community to be confident and equipped to be inclusive of our community members with diverse abilities.
The supports provided to these community programs are beneficial and targeted toward inclusion of children, teens, or adults with Autism, developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities, mental health or social-emotional issues. Anyone looking to access community programs with their peer group.
Make the commitment to be inclusive FOR ALL and contact MERGE today!
Consult & Implement
MERGE has services to match your organizational needs. Our partnership starts with a comprehensive evaluation to determine the inclusion needs of your organization.
Services may include but not limited to:
Individualized coaching and training for program staff, coaches, instructors and leadership teams.
Guidance with program development and implementation of identified strategies and procedures.
Development of your organizations Best Practices: procedures, strategies and tools to be used creating a sustainable inclusive culture.
Assisting with marketing and promotion, including review of descriptive language.
Delivering support to employers and HR personnel on engaging, supporting and supervising employees with diverse abilities.
Evaluation of physical space to include elements of universal design and meeting ADA compliance.