TOUCHED BY OLIVIA

We recently connected with an extraordinary organisation that, like us, is a strong advocate for more inclusive learning environments to support the development of children with additional needs. I find the work of this organisation unique and inspirational.

Touched by Olivia is a foundation with a dream to give children “healthier and happier lives”, and invests its energy in two main areas.

With a commitment by the foundation reaching almost $1 million, a fellowship was established in 2009 to help save lives and cement Sydney Children’s Hospital as a centre of global expertise in the area of vascular birthmarks (the area of disease that Olivia died from).

The foundation also works with local councils, communities and corporations to upgrade and build inclusive play spaces, giving children, regardless of ability, the opportunity to play side by side. These playgrounds are called “Livvi’s Place”.

Visit http://touchedbyolivia.com.au to find out more about this wonderful organisation.

 

Jose Bello

Foundation Director


The Inclusion Club

Recently I discovered a very inspiring organisation called The Inclusion Club. It's a group of committed, passionate and highly experienced professionals dedicated to developing inclusive sporting environments for individuals with a disability.

Many of us that work in this field view inclusion as an essential part of an individual’s development. We understand the importance of adapting physical activity to ensure all participants are involved and enjoying the benefits of playing sport.

TIC are pioneers in this field, designing training programs for practitioners and providing various resources in the form of books, DVDs, downloads, podcasts, and webinars. I encourage everyone to check out TIC's website at http://theinclusionclub.com/ to learn more about their amazing work.

I look forward to sharing more of TIC's work with you and engaging in some discussions about our Foundation work and future projects. 

Jose Bello

Foundation Director