Inclusion Day: Join in the Celebration on March 16

It’s Inclusion Day time again. Grab your orange and let’s get ready to celebrate DD Awareness Month in style on March 16! 

Inclusion Day

Get out your orange shirts, pants, shoes and socks, because Saturday, March 16, 2019 is Inclusion Day. We need you to help paint Summit County orange as we celebrate. Even Cleveland’s Terminal Tower will be lighting up orange on the 16th! Inclusion Day is all about spreading the message of inclusion and showing support for people of all abilities.

Inclusion is about sharing experiences. So don’t forget to share pics of you and your school, co-workers or friends wearing orange and tag @SummitDD on Facebook or Twitter. We want to see your inclusion pride! #IncludeME

Along with wearing orange, here are some ideas for activities, books, posts, and even downloadable materials, so you can spread the message of inclusion!


  • Go to the Akron Zoo Zoothing Hour: The zoo will open early for guests with special needs
  • Feel free to celebrate in your workplace on the 15th as well
  • Read a book about disabilities to your classroom/group (see book ideas below)
  • Hang a poster with the Summit DD logo in your window to show your support for inclusion
  • Share lunch time with someone with a disability
  • Schedule an activity that is appropriate for all abilities
  • Hold a building-wide art or essay contest to show why inclusion is important


  • Title: Andy and His Yellow Frisbee
    Author: Mary Thompson
  • Title: Keith Edward’s Different Days
    Author: Karen Melberg Schwier
  • Title: We Can Do It!
    Author: Laura Dwight
  • Title: My Friend Ben
    Author: Wanda Gilberts Kachur
  • Title: Best Friends
    Author: Hope Benton

Social Media Post Ideas

  • I support inclusion! Wear orange March 16 for Inclusion Day with @SummitDD. #IncludeME
  • Community is stronger when everyone is included! We’re celebrating Inclusion Day with @SummitDD on March 16! #IncludeME
  • Are you wearing orange today? We are! Celebrate inclusion with us and @SummitDD! #IncludeME

We have downloadable materials below for you to use. Included are things such as: #IncludeME signs and stickers, and profile pics to swap out your picture with for the day.

With your help, we can build an inclusive community. Let’s turn Summit County orange and spread the message of inclusion on March 16. Thank you for celebrating Inclusion Day with Summit DD!

Downloadable Materials:

Celebrate All Year Long

Check out our online events calendar to celebrate all year long.

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