This week's blog was written by George Martin, President of The Arcadia Institute The purpose of the Community Participation Initiative:
“Making it possible for people with disabilities to feel welcomed, supported and respected in their communities”
requires us to engage in the task of creating a ‘community of belonging’ for all people.
This is an inter-connected task in which working for the full inclusion of people with disabilities makes a good community better, and people with disabilities (and the organizations that support them) have a responsibility to make their community better.
We are called to support community agencies, local business, our neighborhoods. We have to become community builders for everyone. Only a good and strong community can provide the welcoming environment , support and respect that people with disabilities require and deserve.
Do you know someone who is a community building for everyone? Share someone’s story with us, please fill out the form here. We’ll be collecting responses until May 10th, so please take the time to recognize the people making a difference in the Kalamazoo community!