The Inspiration for Sadie’s Place

Sadie 1Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion is named to honour the dedication of parents to children with developmental disabilities and specifically the commitment of Sadie (Hinatsu) Arai to her daughter Allison. Sadie trained as an Occupational Therapist-Physiotherapist in the 1950s and was instrumental in developing early home service programs for people with developmental disabilities. When her daughter Allison was born in the 1960s she committed to supporting her to live at home during a time when institutionalization and a lack of hope coloured the advice of professionals and few educational, social, and recreational opportunities existed in community for people with developmental disabilities. Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion has been created to blend Sadie’s heartful and compassionate approach with a foundation in social justice. Sadie’s Place for Innovative Inclusion is committed to creating relationships and inclusive communities and actively shifting the intersecting oppressions people experience whether based on (dis)ability, race, gender, sexual orientation, and class.