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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: 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.

Results: 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.

Target demographics: 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

Programs: 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

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Leah Gagliano and the employees at on the move are truly devoted to their clients and show genuine passion for community inclusion.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

It seems that the staff is diverse and well trained, and really enjoys working with adults with disabilities. The organization tries to find and participate in activities that are healthful for them and the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!!!!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Margarett P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.