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Celebrating Inclusivity at the White House Easter Egg Roll

In a heartwarming display of inclusivity, the White House Easter Egg Roll welcomed families from all walks of life, including those with neurodivergent members. Cynthia Morgan and her daughter Angel, a Westmoreland Academy family, had the honor of attending this prestigious event, representing the Miracle Project—a beacon of hope for neurodivergent individuals in theater and film.

Cynthia shared their experience, highlighting the significance of being invited to the White House by Elaine Hall, the Director of the Miracle Project. Angel, 17, radiated joy as she participated in the sensory-friendly Easter Egg Roll, a thoughtful addition to the event that ensured everyone could fully partake in the festivities.

Amber Fergurson for The Washington Post wrote about how Angel stopped to sing “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus after participating in the egg roll. This was a testament to Angel’s passion for performance, and the inclusive environment fostered at the event.

Elaine Hall, founder of the Miracle Project, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to be part of such a momentous occasion, emphasizing the importance of creating spaces where neurodivergent individuals feel welcomed and celebrated. For families like Cynthia and Angel, this experience was not just about attending a prestigious event; it was about feeling seen, accepted, and embraced for who they are.

We at the Institute for the Redesign of Learning (IRL) and Westmoreland Academy, where Angel is a student, feel immense pride in seeing one of our own represented at such a remarkable event. It reaffirms our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and empowered to thrive regardless of their abilities.

The story of Cynthia and Angel’s visit to the White House is a powerful reminder of the strides we’ve made toward inclusivity while highlighting the work that still lies ahead. It is a testament to the transformative power of acceptance and understanding, transcending barriers and forging connections that enrich the fabric of our society. 

As we celebrate this momentous occasion, let us continue championing inclusivity in all aspects of life, ensuring that events like the White House Easter Egg Roll serve as beacons of hope and inspiration for future generations. After all, it is in embracing our differences that we truly find unity and strength.