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Don't miss today's Festival of Inclusion!

Come and enjoy an afternoon of FREE fun, games, and interactive activities.

Get to know and learn more about the inclusive services of dozens of dedicated agencies that are inspiring acceptance and advocating for respectful words and actions in all aspects of our lives.


Interactive stations of 60+ regional organizations

Adaptive equipment demonstrations

Sports & fitness activities

Virtual reality

Games & prizes

Photo booth

Pittsford Fire Department rescue truck

Food trucks – Chef's Catering and Wraps on Wheels

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Saturday, March 4, 2023

10 AM - 2 PM

Golisano Training Center

4245 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Center.

Thank you to our host!

Participating organizations:

Thank You to Our Festival of Inclusion Partners and Sponsors!

Scenes from the popular first Festival of Inclusion in 2020 that attracted almost 2,000 people and more than 50 organizations!

The Spread the Word Inclusion campaign was created and re-imagined by youth and is intended to engage schools, organizations, and communities to rally and pledge their support of inclusion and to promote acceptance of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

The Golisano Foundation has been challenging people to Spread the Word to End the R-Word (the word retard or retarded) and now Spread the Word Inclusion for over a decade, encouraging participation from people across New York state and Florida. The Foundation's annual campaign has become one of the largest in the country for a single region and is held on the national Spread the Word Inclusion day of awareness in early March. Schools, non-profits, businesses and many other organizations organize awareness events ask people to pledge to take a stand against using the R-word, "retard" or "retarded." The r-word has gained popularity in culture, but is offensive and derogatory to people with developmental disabilities. Spread the Word to End the Word now Spread the Word Inclusion was started by youth and is an ongoing effort of Special Olympics International and Best Buddies

About the Golisano Foundation

The Golisano Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in the U.S. dedicated to making the world a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Foundation is devoted to opening doors to opportunity, changing negative perceptions and stereotypes, and forging unprecedented partnerships to ensure individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have pathways to personal dignity, independence, and the best possible expression of their abilities and talents throughout their lifetimes. Founded in 1985 by Tom Golisano — entrepreneur, philanthropist, civic leader, and founder of Paychex, Inc. — the Foundation “imagines the possibilities,” advocating for families, fighting for their dignity, and giving people with IDD the opportunity to thrive in their communities. With more than $60 million in gross assets, it awards about $3 million annually to non-profit organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida.

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