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The Community Summit
June 18, Wenatchee, Washington
LiveWorkPlay.ca (Ottawa, Canada)
"If We Invite Them, They Will Come"
"Engaging ordinary citizens in supporting welcoming and inclusive neighborhoods, workplaces, community venues, and reciprocal relationships"
There are significant human resources challenges to providing person-centred and individualized supports and services. With individuals living, working, and engaging in social activity at different times and places, how can staff be all things to all people? For LiveWorkPlay, the answer has been to throw open their doors and invite community members and sub-communities (such as workplaces, sports leagues, and other gathering places) to welcome, include, and benefit from the contributions of people with intellectual disabilities in their lives and activities. With more than 150 volunteers and 80 partners, a team of just 12 full-time staff is able to facilitate a wide variety of housing, employment, and social outcomes for more than 100 individuals with intellectual disabilities every year. This experience demonstrates what can happen when a belief in community translates into action.