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  • Writer's pictureMickey Carolan

Mornings with Mickey - 7 Habits of Inclusion with CODA Tips

Good Morning!

Growing up with Deaf Parents I saw with my own eyes, the impact of not including someone. Inclusion matters, so when I had an opportunity last month to record a video clip for our local public school’s inclusion week I jumped on it!

Considering the message was directed at elementary school students I built the video around the school’s emphasis on the 7 Habits and LeaderinMe®


Here is what I shared


1. Be Proactive: Being proactive in inclusion means taking the initiative to understand others, appreciating their uniqueness, and reaching out to make them feel welcome.


       CODA Tip: When you learn American Sign Language (ASL) to try and communicate with a Deaf person you make them feel welcome.

2. Begin with the End in Mind: When we begin with the end goal of inclusion in mind, we envision a community and school where every individual is valued and respected. When we set this vision, we can work together to create environments where differences are celebrated and everyone’s potential is realized.

       CODA Tip: Deaf Kids can do anything you can do, except hear.

3. Put First Things First: When we abide by this habit in the context of inclusion we prioritize empathy, kindness, and understanding. It’s about making time to connect with others, listen to their stories, and learn from their experiences. 

       CODA Tip: Understand that Deaf people have a different perspective about shared experiences.

4. Think Win-Win: Everyone can win in an inclusive community. When we approach our daily interactions with a mindset of mutual benefit, we find creative solutions to accommodate diverse needs. When we seek out win-win outcomes, we ensure that no one is left behind, and everyone can thrive together.

       CODA Tip: Get creative with communication, my mother always carried a pen and paper in her purse so she could communicate with anyone at any given time.

5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: True inclusion starts with deep understanding. When we actively listen to others’ perspectives, we can bridge communication gaps and create an atmosphere of trust. When we seek to understand each other, we pave the way for meaningful connections and collaborative efforts.


       CODA Tip: There is a lot to be learned about Deaf culture, you have an opportunity to do so!

6. Synergize: When we recognize that combining strengths, ideas, and perspectives of diverse individuals can result in remarkable outcomes, synergy in inclusion is created. When we work together, we can overcome challenges, embrace differences, and create environments where everyone contributes their unique talents for the greater good.

       CODA Tip: Bring all of your friends together with varying perspectives and you will see the magic happen!

7. Sharpen the Saw: Inclusion is an ongoing journey that requires continuous learning and growth. When we sharpen a saw, it enhances its effectiveness. When we constantly educate ourselves about different cultures, abilities, and perspectives we become more effective at inclusion.

       CODA Tip: Sharpen the Saw by choosing a book with a Deaf character in it. (I know a couple).

When we incorporate these 7 Habits into our lives, we can create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and accepted. Let’s be proactive, empathetic, and collaborative. We can work together to build a world where inclusion isn’t just a goal but a way of life.

Today my friends, take one of the CODA tips and implement them!

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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey

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