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Our Story

Founded in 2021, IncludeAbility embarked on a mission that resonates with purpose: to empower individuals with physical disabilities, foster a sense of belonging within their communities, and promote inclusion in every facet of life. As a non-profit organization, IncludeAbility is dedicated to the pursuit of an accessible world, striving to ensure people with disabilities are seamlessly integrated into all aspects of society.

IncludeAbility is rooted in the desire to create a world that is accessible to those with physical disabilities, that started with Founder and CEO, Julie Hartzler’s mission for her daughter who was born with Spina Bifida. When Julie’s daughter was born, she was not familiar with Spina Bifida or the many barriers in place for those living with a physical disability. After 15 years of working in the healthcare field, and through personal experiences with her daughter, Julie recognized the gap in overall health and well-being for individuals living with a disability compared to that of their 

able-bodied peers.


Imagine being a part of a monthly fire drill at school, and not having a plan for how to evacuate. Or not being invited to friends’ houses because of the lack of accessibility into their home. In school, at home, and in the community, there are many daily activities and routines people participate in that are not designed for individuals with physical disabilities in mind. Breaking down barriers to increase accessibility and inclusion are on the forefront of our mission. Our projects and programs provide advocacy, education, and promote cultural change to a more equitable community.

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IncludeAbility's mission is to create an accessible world where individuals with physical disabilities are included and empowered in all aspects of life.


IncludeAbility's vision is to become a leader for innovative change by ensuring that individuals with physical disabilities have access to equal opportunities in the following areas:




Emergency Preparedness







Authenticity as a voice within our communities for people with physical disabilities

Collaboration to synergize with other like-minded organizations

Creativity to remove barriers for people with physical disabilities

Empowerment of individuals to live as independently as possible

Stewardship of the resources we have been entrusted with

Resiliency grit without the ego

Positivity in our community and in the lives of individuals with disabilities

Joy in our service to others


Include-Ability is proud to partner with organizations that share our mission and values. Together, we strive to create a more inclusive and accessible world for people with disabilities. If you are interested in partnering with us, please contact us to learn more.

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