This week the blog is by Allison Hammond, Community Participation Initiative Coordinator. 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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