Dianne Lecinskas: Inclusive Recreation
Inspired by her oldest daughter, who has an intellectual disability, Dianne Lescinskas has become an indispensable advocate for children with special needs. For over two years, Dianne served as the Director of Inclusive Services at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, overseeing Project B.I.N.D. (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities), an award-winning inclusion program where local children aged 5-18 can participate successfully in activities. In addition, this work provided an opportunity for Dianne to meet with families and help them advocate on behalf of their children.
Dianne is a member of the Boston Public Schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council and the Boston Public Schools’ Inclusion Task Force, the latter formed in September 2013 to guide the planning, expansion and evaluation of high-quality inclusive learning opportunities throughout the district. Dianne also helped found the first Best Buddies chapter in the Boston Public Schools, since named the most outstanding chapter in all BBI programs worldwide, and currently serves on their Advisory Board. She is the lead of B-SET’s Family and Community Organizational Group, which encourages after-school programs to become more inclusive while working with BPS to enhance training for parents around the IEP and transition processes.
Dianne brings a deep sense of personal commitment to her work and consistently makes time to help families of children with special needs. As both a parent and a professional, she combines a caring approach with common-sense knowledge of the policies, laws, and supports which can positively impact a child’s progress and development. She currently works for the Autism Commission.