Independence Day: A Look Back to a Blog from Philadelphia from May 2011

The blog this week was written by Dr. Allison Hammond, Executive Director of The Arcadia Institute. What does independence have to do with community participation?

For the Blog this week, I found myself looking back through past blogs. We have published a Blog for all but maybe 2 weeks since April of 2010. That is over 300 blog posts! There is a lot there about the history of The Arcadia Institute Community Participation Initiative, Community Brokering, Building a Community of Belonging, Success stories.

Given some of the tone in this political campaign season, this one stood out for me.

Blog from Philadelphia May 17, 2011

I was recently in Philadelphia for a conference where one is surrounded by the history of the beginnings of the United States of America. Just down the street from my hotel The Declaration of Independence was signed.

What does independence have to do with community participation? Everything. The rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are only realized by fully being part of one’s community.

Do people really experience these rights if they are told that because of a disability they only have options to be in special programs that actually exclude everyone else? Would you be happy if because of a certain condition or characteristic you only had a particular set of options for activities that are separate from your fellow citizens?

Through the Community Participation Initiative we support individuals to be part of their community not only by supporting the person, but also by supporting the community to welcome, support and respect all people.

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