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🔴Our General Assembly begins NOW!

👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Members come together every two years to make big decisions about our work.

🗳️Members will vote on new positions, our new strategic plan, and more!

💻Members meet today and tomorrow, and voting will take place virtually this week. The logo of Inclusion Inter...
📢Members will hear from our Officers, Council Members, and staff about the work of our network over the last 2 years!

📨We'll be tweeting the news, updates, and discussion points shared in the General Assembly meeting here. Image
Our General Assembly kicked off today with messages from our President, Sue Swenson @sdswenson and our Vice-President, Mark Mapemba.

Sue and Mark talked about some of the big successes of the last 2 years, including how our network worked together virtually during #COVID19. Image
💵Members heard a report from our Treasurer about Inclusion International's finances and our plans for the future.

To learn more about what we did with our money this year, see our 2021 Annual Report for details!
📄 Our Secretary General shares that we hope to bring our members together for a World Congress in 2024!

This will be our first in-person World Congress since 2018.

🌍 Members interested in co-hosting a World Congress in their country can contact the staff team to learn more! Image
🗳️ The General Assembly plays an important role approving the members of Inclusion International's Council and our Officers.

🎉 Congratulations to all of our new and re-elected Council members who were were nominated or elected by their regions! Image
After reports presented by our Officers, the General Assembly moves on to discuss policy and our goals!

Coming up:

📄 New position paper on #InclusiveEmployment
📄 New position paper on #InclusiveEducation
📄 The #ListenIncludeRespect principles
📄 Our new Strategic Plan
📄Members are voting on a new position paper about what #InclusiveEmployment means to our network.

📢 Position papers on topics important to our network help us have a shared voice for advocacy.

👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 68 members from 49 countries gave feedback to help write this position paper! Image
📄Members will also be new voting on a position paper about #InclusiveEducation 👨‍🏫👩‍🎓

👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 50 members from 36 countries gave feedback to help write this position paper! Image
✅ Our members have been working on building the #ListenIncludeRespect (LIR) guidelines for the last 3 years!

🗳️Now, they will vote on adding the principles (big ideas) behind LIR to our Statement of Unity!

🔗The full LIR guidelines are available online: Image
🗳️Members will vote on a new Strategic Plan for our network.

📈It explains our big goals, and the work we want to do to get there!

👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 We heard from members & their regions over the last 2 years in different ways about how they want the network to work together in the future! Image
Honorary membership is given to individuals who have made important contributions to the Inclusion International network.

👨‍👩‍👦‍👦Congratulations to our newest honorary members, @TrishGrantNZ and Tim Gadd! Image
🗳️This week, our full members will be voting on all of the resolutions presented at the General Assembly.

👋Thank you to everyone who followed along with our General Assembly meeting today to hear updates from the Inclusion International network! Image
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📺Watch the the Opening of the Conference here:…

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