Spark Inclusion

2017 Cocktail Conversation Series

In 2017, we continued the question posed at Inclucity, of ‘what will it take?’ to create a fully inclusive Puget Sound community. We had the wonderful opportunity to engage with community members, joined by new voices and faces, as we had enlightening conversations.
Below are highlights into the different conversations that took place. We hope that the conversations we had here will inspire people to go out into their communities and continue this discussion.


Tuesday, February 7th 2017 – What Will it Take?
Cambia Grove, Seattle
In our first conversation, we explored the concept of ‘what will it take?’ to create a truly inclusive Puget Sound. We discussed our role as members of the community who are already engaged in this movement. We also examined what barriers need to be removed, what attitudes changed or have the opportunity to change, and what actions need to be taken to create an inclusive community.
Thursday, April 6th 2017Why Does it Matter?
Cambia Grove, Seattle
In this conversation, our group explored existing beliefs and biases held by those outside of the disability sector. We also expored ideas of how we can engage the broader community into this conversation. The group additionally examined why those who don’t know a person with a disability should sit up, pay attention, and join the movement.
Tuesday, June 20th 2017‘Speechless’ Watch & Discuss
Cambia Grove, Seattle
“Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ-her eldest son with cerebral palsy. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves, and searches for just the right person to give JJ his ‘voice.'” More information can be found at the following link, ( At this conversation, our group watched and discussed ABC’s new sitcom, Speechless. We discussed whether or not it is an accurate representation, and explored how the show is resonating with a larger community.