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.

Connection Spotlight with Program Director, Megan Sicheri

Megan Sicheri, Program Director and Co-founder

Megan Sicheri, Program Director and Co-founder

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:

One of my communities is the health/wellness community.

What does accessibility in your community mean to you?:

Accessibility in wellness, to me, means that everyone has the right to health and wellness. Individuals with or without disabilities should have access to and feel comfortable taking part in activities to feed physical and emotional wellness. Exercise, nutrition, mental health, and community connection are all important pieces to consider when looking at the wellness of all people.

How might inclusivity be amplified in your community?

Inclusivity could be amplified by normalizing disability within wellness spaces. Activities and practices should consider that all can participate when certain adaptations are made. Movement and mindfulness may look different for each of us, but that doesn't mean that it's not just as important for every single one of us.