On-The-Move Community Integration
Rating: 4.98 stars 49 49 reviews 1,448
4187 SE Division St Portland OR 97202 USA
Our mission is to enrich the social fabric of our community through fuller participation of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We envision a society that relies upon the diverse experiences of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
On-the-Move spends over 10,000 hours each year modeling inclusive practices for the broader community. Community members' lives are enriched when they are able to meet, interact, and engage with our participants and staff. Participants, staff and volunteers benefit too! We invest in people to ensure personal growth and empowerment for everyone who walks through our doors.
Adults with intellectual disabilites/ developmental disabilities
Direct beneficiaries per year:
55 adults with special needs in our community inclusion program; 40 adults with special needs in our reading class; 10 adults with special needs in Socializing Colorfully; 30 nondisabled community members in disability awareness/ inclusive practice trainings
Geographic areas served:
Portland, OR and surrounding areas
Community Inclusion activities for adults with special needs Free reading classes for adults with special needs Healthy Relationships program for adults with special needs Trainings for community members, business, and organizations about disability issues and inclusive practices
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I've always been impressed with OnTheMove's family and welcoming environment and experience. Their staff cares deeply about their participants and it shows with every interaction.
A progressive vision that truly respects all; a caring, committed staff; an ED who is smart, kind, enthusiastic and fiscally responsible; and participants who are valued and engaged. These elements make On-the-Move a model non-profit.
OTM is meeting a need that so many communities have. OTM serves adults with intellectual disabilities. Working with small groups OTM assists adults with accessing the community through intentional and meaningful ways. I have an adult child with an intellectual disability who joins OTM every week and has been there for 9 years. She still looks forward to everyday. I think OTM is the best thing that has ever happened to her. My daughter has a very strong connection and so much knowledge about our community because of OTM. I say THANK YOU On The Move for being the best!!!!!!
This group does exactly what they say they are going to do - integrating in the community. I am very proud to be associated with them. I would like them to be able to spread the word better about their mission throughout the community.
On the Move models community integration for all Portlanders and reaches beyond Portland into a wide network of friends, family and supporters. All who come in contact, stay with this beautiful organization as part of the On the Move community because its environment and attitude is irresistible.
As the sister of a man who was diagnosed with borderline mental retardation in our youth, I am keenly aware of how our society lacks modeling of true integration with people with developmental disabilities and opportunities to form genuine respectful relationships with them.
The beauty and work of On the Move and its active small groups' community activities' model is that staff and participants are out and about participating daily via public transportation in absolutely everything wonderful that Portland has to offer and in the best spirit of Portland - free & cheap public events, museums, parks, cultural activities, volunteer activities, tours; they are all over the place! Everywhere they go they interact fully with those lucky enough to cross their path. OTM staff and participants model how joyful & mutually respectful community integration and relationships work and I truly believe that all who come in contact learn by example and follow suit.
As a Portlander, I am so grateful to have On the Move here and, as a family member of an adult with developmental disabilities, I wish the On the Move model was everywhere helping people learn how to not just passively include but fully and joyfully integrate the ADD individuals living among us into our communities in an environment of safety and respect. We'd all be better for it if we could clone On the Move and its model was as common as the Starbucks in every neighborhood.
I refer families to OTMCI as a resource for post high school independent living. They do so much in the community students and their families have options to fit any need. The staff works well with young people emerging into adults. The fact that they travel the whole county is a major plus. Thank you
I've had the opportunity to work for this organization for over three years and long after leaving, I still maintain contact with them because I've never met a more positive group of people.
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On-the-Move fosters an atmosphere where everyone is celebrated, appreciated and valued. I am fortunate to call myself a member of this wonderful community and grateful for the support they offer and receive.
I visited On the Move for its Halloween party yesterday, and I was so happy to have the opportunity to meet such wonderful people. As a wheelchair user, I appreciate its emphasis on social justice and modeling healthy, caring relationships for people who may have limited experience with disability. On the Move has a personal approach to breaking down barriers to social inclusion that I really value.
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I grew up with a brother who has Down Syndrome, and our relationship has influenced so many parts of my life. I am so proud of his amazing talents, his spark, and the love that he shares with so many people. We always challenge each other to pursue our passions and to be the best people we can be- but as many others who have special needs, he is constantly facing obstacles, and a new page of them going into adulthood. What first struck me when I learned about On-the-Move was the emphasis on how fundamental it is for our community to more greatly appreciate those who have differences, and I knew I wanted to be part of this. On-the-Move works to empower participants and to genuine relationships- and from the small group model to the morning group planning sessions, you can see this played out from day to day. And, On-the-Move is fun- it's definitely an inspiration to see everyone have genuine support for each other. I'm excited for OTM's future :)