Welcome to

MERGE

 

Why MERGE?

MERGE Diverse Abilities Inclusion Consulting understands and celebrates that people interact, learn and experience the world around them differently. We build stronger communities together, with you, providing expert guidance on inclusion of persons with diverse abilities. Our trainings give recreation, sport, camp and community organizations the tools and confidence to ensure community members with diverse abilities are welcomed, engaged and supported to be successful in participation into your general program offerings.

We offer workshops and webinars for human service agencies for direct support professionals and family members on how to support recreational inclusion within their communities.

Follow MERGE to continue your commitment to Inclusion!

About Our Founder

Lisa Drennan is an innovative leader with a demonstrated commitment to building inclusive communities. Lisa possesses a specialty with over 36 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.

Former 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.

Former 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.

Former 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.

Advisory Board Member for the DDS & ARC of Massachusetts joint Widening The Circle Project, primary author of the Pathways To Friendship toolkit for recreation and community professionals.

Dedicated member of her community with years of volunteer and community service.

 
 

Who We Serve

Our services are beneficial for organizations providing recreation or community 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.

Target Organizations:

YMCA’s, Boys & Girls Clubs, JCC’s

Town Recreation Programs

Summer Camps, Afterschool Programs

Sports Teams or Leagues

Fitness, Enrichment and Art Instructional Classes

 

Churches, Libraries, Scouts, First Responders

 

Speaking Experience

Available online or in person for National or local conferences, seminars, or panel discussions on topics relative to best practices and the benefits of community inclusion of persons with diverse abilities.

Organizations That Have Chosen MERGE

American Camp Association NE & Tri-State

Northeast YMCA Outdoor Educators

ARC of Massachusetts, Bristol County, South Shore, Plymouth & The Cape
YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne & EasterSeal Arc of Greater Fort Wayne, Indiana

Wicked Cool For Kids

Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island & Connecticut Recreation &
Park Association Conferences

Florida Recreation & Park Association Statewide Conference

Association of YMCA Professionals, YMCA Cape Cod, South Shore,
Old Colony & Greater Worcester

Massachusetts Library Systems

National Inclusion Project

Mass Down Syndrome Congress

Best Buddies Women in Leadership Conference

Access Recreation Boston
City of Quincy Planning & Community Development

US Lacrosse Association and Adaptive Lacrosse Conferences

Current Trends In Autism Annual Conference

Work Without Limits – Raise The Bar Hire Conference

Inclusive Sports Design, Australia

Diverse Abilities Profile

MERGE is committed to helping recreation, camp, sport and community programs to be confident and equipped to be inclusive of our community members with diverse abilities.

The supports provided to these community programs are beneficial to, and targeted toward inclusion of children, teens, or adults with Autism, developmental, intellectual or physical disabilities, mental health or social-emotional issues. In other words, anyone looking to access community programs with their peer group.

Make the commitment to be inclusive FOR ALL and contact MERGE today!

Consultation

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:

Staff trainings giving a customized learning experience for your team ranging from 2 to 100 in size.

Individualized coaching and for program staff, coaches, instructors and leadership teams.

Guidance with program development and implementation of identified strategies and procedures.

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.

 
 
 

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

 

Contact MERGE

We'd love to connect!

Give us a call, or email Lisa for more information.

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