Community Vision is built on the belief that community members and people with disabilities benefit from opportunities to get to know one another. We want to change the story of rejection, isolation, and lack of opportunity. We want to empower people to thrive in the richness of community life.
To encourage these connections, we are seeking partners for:
Community Asset Mapping
By learning about each person we support and their interests, while also learning about their surrounding community, we create opportunities for people to get involved in ways that are comfortable and meaningful to them. It also allows us to spread awareness of what it is like to be a person with a disability and how to be more inclusive as a community. This approach allows for community members to learn about each other and form sustainable connections and supports, ultimately benefitting the community as a whole.
Goal: In collaboration with the Supported Living Team, identify 3 people we will work with and establish metrics of community asset mapping by Fall of 2021.
We partner with local artists with disabilities to display artwork and to offer accessible art workshops to all community members. Artists receive a stipend for displaying their work in our small, external art gallery in our Seven Corners Collaborative building.
Goal: Virtual workshop in Summer 2021 and quarterly workshops to follow
Disability Etiquette Trainings
For people with disabilities, relationships can be slow to form. This is often because others are afraid of doing something embarrassing or unintentionally offending people with disabilities. This barrier to connection is simply a lack of knowledge around disability etiquette.
Community Vision staff and people with disabilities are teaming up to develop a training on communication tips and tricks, on navigating assistive devices, and on dispelling myths and worries around disability. The interactive trainings will be informative, fun, and leave everyone feeling more at ease around each other.
Goal: 10 trainings completed by Summer 2022
Community Building Events
We connect people with disabilities to local partner organizations. This enables everyone to share expertise, meet new people, and build relationships. Example events include: yard work parties, potlucks, block parties, cultural exchanges, co-hosted workshops, and other co-hosted events.
Goal: 9 events held by Summer 2022
Interested in partnering?
For more information about CV’s community engagement services and for partnership proposals, please contact John Canda at the email address below.
Community Engagement Director