Advocates For Inclusive Education (AFIE)



Kari Alberque

Policy, Planning and Non-profit Administration from Boston College, she worked as a direct care social worker, manager of social services programs and a fundraiser. When she moved to the Triangle area from Boston in the fall of 2013, she became interested in advocating for more inclusive educational opportunities in North Carolina. She lives in Raleigh with her husband Jim and their three children Luke (6), Ryan (5) and Erin (2). Her middle child, Ryan, has Down Syndrome. Her experience as Ryan’s mom combined with her nonprofit experience greatly influence her work with Advocates for Inclusive Education.


Cindy Clavijo

Cindy is a National Board Certified Teacher who has worked for the NC public school system for 20 years as an elementary school teacher, coach, and Instructional Resource Teacher. Her support for inclusion began with her experiences in the classroom, and later extended into other areas of her life. Cindy is the mother of teenage twins and a preschooler with Down Syndrome. Her experiences in the educational system from the sides of both a teacher and parent have influenced her desire to continue advocating for inclusion. She is grateful to the educators and administrators who work tirelessly to create inclusive settings with limited funding and support and to the parents of children with disabilities through whom she has gained immeasurable strength and knowledge.