Building Mutual Relationships of Inclusion: Creating Bridges and Community
Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion creates relationships that are mutual and collaborative and foster creation of community. We focus on creating opportunities for everyone at Sadie’s Place to express their natural abilities, capacities and talents; engage in lifelong learning; broaden and strengthen relationships; and foster interdependence. As we do this, we work to shift language away from staff and client and the unequal power relationships in which these relationships often become stuck. We build bridges. We work collaboratively to make decisions about engagement that are meaningful to both people (e.g., a shared music experience, cooking together, throwing a party, creating art together), so that all may grow in their experience and understanding of each other, and strengthen their relationships in community.
At Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion we value each being and we aim to shift away from programs and services that aim to fix or change people with developmental disabilities. We also work to shift workplace practices that diminish our spirits and energy. Instead, to promote growth in relationship we engage in ongoing reflections on our practice. We aim to continuously address the ways our language, actions, services, and policies create disabling practices and diminish collaboration and sensitivity to each other’s needs. We ensure ongoing opportunities for our Community Inclusion and Leisure Collaborators to reflect on questions they may be grappling with, or to share their stories about enlightening inclusion experiences in community.
If you are interested in getting involved with Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion, please email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion embraces the following values:
- We believe in the power of relationship, and hope for collaboration and togetherness.
- We believe in community.
- We believe in respect for all persons.
- We believe in the right to live and be different and embrace difference.
- We believe in social justice for all individuals.
- We value creativity, innovation, and lifelong learning.
- We value recreation, leisure, and play experiences.
- We value an atmosphere that enables all to take initiative.