Connection Spotlight with Board Member, Jessica Stamper

Jessica Stamper, Open Up Board Member

Jessica Stamper, Open Up Board Member

In our ‘Connection Spotlight’ series - we ask members of the Open Up community what accessibility and inclusivity means to them…

Tell us a little bit about your community:

I am a friendly neighbor in Point Breeze, where people from all over the region come to enjoy Frick Park. I am also an Educational Consultant from the PaTTAN Autism Initiative; a collaborative effort to provide effective and evidence based practices for students with Autism across Pennsylvania.

What does accessibility in your community mean to you?:

Physical and social environments are accessible when they are arranged to support diverse populations; so all individuals can experience places and engage in services in a meaningful way.

How might inclusivity be amplified in your community?

Through communication with individuals, their families, educators, researchers, and other stakeholders; programs can become better informed about different abilities in a sensitive, realistic, and positive manner.

Connection Spotlight with Yoga Teacher, Nikki Orsborn

Nikki Orsborn, Open Up Yoga Teacher

Nikki Orsborn, Open Up Yoga Teacher

In our ‘Connection Spotlight’ series - we ask members of the Open Up community what accessibility and inclusivity means to them…

Tell us a little bit about your community:

I have three main communities, which include my neighborhood (Lawrenceville), the fitness classes I attend (at 1.1 Yoga and Arsenal Strength CrossFit), and the clients with whom I work (as a professional organizer and graphic designer).

What does accessibility in your community mean to you?:

Accessibility can be a great challenge. It means finding a new perspective and discovering ways to make things work for each of us. It's about getting creative!

How might inclusivity be amplified in your community?

When we thoughtfully observe the entire spectrum of participants, we can provide options that help meet the specific needs of each person. Inclusivity is amplified when our awareness is high.