Some people say that leadership is about titles, others think some are born leaders, and that predisposes them to hold an official role. . I say we are all leaders. Nothing helps a leader more than clarity of purpose, to see what is right and inspire others along those lines.  This blog is devoted to all the leaders who want to create a community where everyone is valued as gifted, and everyone belongs.  In this blog I’ll tell stories, ask questions, and ask that we all lead by example, with conviction and intention.   I’ll clearly share KenCrest’s purpose, and the how the agency and our amazing team members are committed to doing our part to create a better world for everyone.

Marian Baldini, President and CEO for KenCrest, and author of this weekly blog, reflects in a relevant way on timely themes of disability, advocacy, social consciousness, and the like.


I want to start a movement:   Information is Power, Learn about Downs Syndrome

October 8th, 2018 Uncategorized

When my cousin Joanne was born in1951, her parents were told her life would be short.  Back then, the estimated life expectancy for a child with Downs was 12 years; Joanne passed away at age 14. In the 1950s her life expectancy wasn’t the only limiting factor; public schools could simply prevent a disabled child from attending.  Joanne attended the…

I Want To Start a Movement: Replace Blame with Empathy and Discernment

September 28th, 2018 Uncategorized

How often do we find ourselves in the midst of the blame game? Whether in the media, in the workplace, or in the personal comfort of our own homes—sometimes it feels as if deflection or the lack of ownership is unavoidable. We blame others for the privation of our progression, and others blame us; frustrations circumvent over and over from…

I Want to Start a Movement:  Embrace Your Right to Vote

September 21st, 2018 Uncategorized

I was 18 when the voting age changed from 21 to 18; I vividly remember conversing with my mother about how excited I was at my first opportunity to vote. I asked her for advice on how to get involved and stay informed; I also remember conversations with my grandmother, and her educating me on Susan B Anthony. Susan B.…

Celebrating DSP Week at KenCrest

September 14th, 2018 Uncategorized

The KenCrest family joined the Nation this week in recognizing and celebrating the hundreds of thousands of amazing direct support professionals (DSPs) around the world. DSPs are special people who provide support to many individuals who come to us with the hope of care, and a meaning-filled life. Although the title of this position has changed over time— from counselor,…

I Want to Start a Movement: Making Courage and Kindness Our Recipe

September 10th, 2018 Uncategorized

  Back in July 2016 I blogged about my friend Carl. He was pretty awesome, to say the least. Carl was an avid shopper although he couldn’t read; his desire to learn continued well into his 80s. This was a man who loved his sweets, and was in later life diagnosed with diabetes. By then, he was very inspired to…

I Want to Start a Movement: Kindness Plus Courage Will Take You to Paradise

August 17th, 2018 Uncategorized

I never dreamed of the concept of an annual vacation until I got married.  We camped at the shore; borrowing tents and camping equipment from my parents. One of our favorite places was Indian River Inlet in Delaware; where you could fish right from and camp right on the beach,  and it wasn’t a far drive. Because of that place,…

I Want to Start a Movement: Let’s Really Think Through Our Choices

August 10th, 2018 Uncategorized

For the people and families we support we create plans around choices. Some of those discussions about choices are awesome. When we support new parents, we use an approach called routines based practice. This involves collaborating to find ways to encourage development within the families’ regular daily routine.  At the center of these choices is a belief and hope in…

I Want to Start a Movement: Compliance has Limited Value

August 3rd, 2018 Uncategorized

The services we offer today for people with disabilities were inspired by families; small groups of parents formed to share their hope for their children. Those families moved the public expectations and response. The most important words I want you to hold in your mind are “hope” and “expectation.” All that early work was done in the mid to late…

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