In 2010 at age 20, Tyler was chosen to attend an Inclusion Summit in Washington DC. A total of twenty young men and women, both with disabilities and able-bodied, were invited. The task before this group was to create a national campaign around Inclusion. After much deliberation, activities, and discussion, the group produced the “I AM NORM” campaign that quickly spread across the nation. There are several videos you can view attached below. Please make sure you watch “The Exciting Birth of I am Norm” video attached. It tells the story well. Tyler was flattered and honored to be asked to join this group. Their work was enjoyable, meaningful, and successful. The I AM NORM campaign was used in universities across the country. It was used as a focal point for conferences and think tanks. It was used by organizations, actors, and countless others nationally as a way of reminding everyone that “We are who we are” … we are all NORM.
The “I AM NORM” campaign earned a Champions award. The award was given by The National Inclusion Project at its annual conference and fundraiser in North Carolina. The gala benefit celebration featured Champions presentations and addresses by Project co-founders Diane Bubel and Clay Aiken. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in both silent and live auctions and the night concluded with a special performance by Clay Aiken. Champions were selected by the National Inclusion Project for their substantive efforts to ensure no child sits on the sidelines in support of the Project’s mission. Tyler is pictured with Clay Aiken and Diane Bubel below at the award ceremony where Tyler was asked to speak for the I AM NORM group and accept the award on their behalf.
From the National Inclusion Project website: In January 2010, twenty young people, with and without disabilities, from various locations across the United States met each other for the very first time in Washington, DC. In just one weekend, they designed a campaign in hopes of bringing about that change. Through this campaign, they hope to raise awareness about inclusion, provide opportunities for youth to share their ideas about inclusion, and promote inclusive practices in schools and communities. They want to encourage the acceptance, respect, and full inclusion of all youth, in schools and communities through an initiative designed by young people. Their work is driven by a Youth Inclusion Taskforce and supported by a coalition of youth-serving partner organizations. I AM NORM.