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InFocus Advocacy® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that works with self-advocates, families, and communities to enhance the image of people living with a disability.  Our work contributes to the creation of inclusive communities, where everyone is welcome and valued.  

  • Preparing Businesses

to better serve people with disabilities and their families

  • Empowering Self-advocates

to voice their needs and use their expertise as consumers to help their communities. 

  • Designing Inclusive Programming

in recreation, physical activity, cultural arts, and friendship domains.     


Siblings InFocus 



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Stuart J. Schleien


Stuart J. Schleien is Co-Founder and an Executive Director for InFocus Advocacy.

He is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Community & Therapeutic Recreation at UNC Greensboro. As a Licensed and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, he develops best practices that help parents and professionals design inclusive recreation, physical activity, and camp programs for children and adults with diverse skills and abilities. He has expertise as a systems change agent for inclusive service delivery, helping agencies manage successful organizational change and development. Dr. Schleien has written 7 books and over 125 journal articles and book chapters on this topic and has presented his work throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in Australia, England, Germany, Israel, Spain, and Sweden.

Ginger Walton


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Ginger Walton is Co-Founder and an Executive Director for InFocus Advocacy. With a clinical background as a Family Nurse Practitioner specializing in neurodevelopmental pediatrics, she has worked with children, teens, and young adults challenged by intellectual or developmental disability, learning disability, and mental health concerns. She has expertise in developmental assessments, the impact of disability, parent education, community education, interdisciplinary teamwork, and life care planning. Ms. Walton is a fellow in the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM) and completed a fellowship in leadership education for neurodevelopmental disabilities (LEND) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, her alma mater.


Madison Boroughs


Madison "Maddy" Boroughs serves as the Program and Social Media Specialist for InFocus Advocacy. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree and concentration in Therapeutic Recreation. Maddy is a Licensed and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, with a passion for people with varying abilities. She has worked in inclusive summer camps and clinical settings serving those of all abilities. Her passion for inclusive services evolved from having a younger sister Grace, who has Down syndrome. Maddy is committed to the fight for social inclusion where everyone is valued and belongs, rather than simply being physically integrated. “I want to change the world. If I can’t change the entire world, I want to change the one my sister and many others will experience.”

Lindsey Oakes



Lindsey Oakes currently serves as an IFA Senior Associate. She is also the Recreational Therapy Program Director and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Temple University. Previously, Lindsey served as an Assistant Professor of Therapeutic Recreation at Texas State University. She received her Ph.D. in Public Health Education at UNC Greensboro in 2020 and served as the Student Support Coordinator at Beyond Academics for 4 years where she supported college students with varying abilities through the Integrative Community Students certificate program. Her passion for person-centered services, advocacy, and inclusion for all is reflected through her day-to-day work.


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