I've worked in the field of I/DD for nearly 15 years now and have yet to come across an organization like On-the-Move. As someone who works for this organization, I can say that the values drive the mission and the mission drives the work.
MY daughter has been a participant at On The Move for about 8 years. It's a wonderful organization. The staff is attentive and creative. It gives my daughter an opportunity to be out in the community doing something productive every time she attends. She really enjoys the "Fun and Fit" excersize class she does on Thursdays with Cross Fit.
What a happy and well-run place for our adult son who has a cognitive disability. With all the barriers in our society for people with disabilities, On-the-Move is an organization that gives a parent some relief, feeling confident that our family member is in good hands while he is there. And, he always comes home happy. He loves his time there. That makes a parent happy.
As a parent of a young adult who attends On-the-Move, I couldn't be happier. He gets a lot of exercise with all the activities they do and a lot of friendship from the people that attend and work there. I have also been a volunteer with the reading program that is offered there for all adults with disabilities. It is a safe, clean and welcoming place!
OTM staff are the best in the business. Our daughter has attended OTM for many years. Our family and especially our daughter are always treated with respect. The staff is well trained, positive sincere and energetic. Our daughter has gained confidence we never thought possible due to the hard work and person centered focus o the staff at OTM. we are forever grateful!
My son and I love On the Move! My son has been a participant for seven years now. It's a great organization! They have a very sweet group of participants and a very friendly and caring staff! They have a lot of fun together! I have gotten to know several of the parents too. We have parent meetings a few times a year. We have a potluck dinner in the fall and a big picnic in the summer. We're like one big happy family. My son has visited so many places in Portland through his outings with On the Move: OHSU Tram, Willamette River Esplanade, various art galleries, bridges, and city parks, Portland Streetcar, Hoyt Arboretum, and various festivals in downtown , just to name a few! I'm glad he has had the chance to experience the sights and sounds of our beautiful city! It has opened up his world and for that, I am grateful.
Among all the programs helping folks with developmental disabilities connect with the world, On The Move Community Integration is best. All the others were closer to daycare.
My children’s cousin lives with us, and I am his caregiver. Four days a week he can be found out and about Portland with a small group at some event, physical activity, or interesting location. The impact of his multiple disabilities diminish and his personality blooms as he engages with the people he encounters.
This is a terrific program! As a professor in Special Education, who has seen excellent and challenged programs, I would like to highly recommend On-The-Move Community Integration. The participants in the program are at the heart of their work and the staff and leadership that support the program have formed a beautiful community. If I ever have an adult child who needed this type of support, I would choose OTM, because not only do they have a wonderful community, but the model of doing meaningful community outings in small self-organizing groups is so cool. The other day, I was able to attend a part of an outing and we sat in a cool coffee shop and had a very nice time. These simple moments of meaningful community integration are what OTM is all about. I now know many of the staff and am so impressed. The leader Jackie is incredible and one of the nicest people I've ever met in the field. The direct service team members I've interacted with have been excellent with their groups both when I've seen them more formally and when I've bumped into them in the community. I hope this organizations model and community can continue to grow to serve more people through community integration. -Dr. Samuel Sennott, Portland State University
Leah Gagliano and the employees at on the move are truly devoted to their clients and show genuine passion for community inclusion.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
I have volunteered several times in the last year to help individual adults to learn to read. The staff is positive and welcoming to both the learners and tutors. I like that this is a local community based group and that they are flexible and encouraging, no matter what the experience level of the volunteer.
I also appreciate the time frames for classes, they are usually 6 weeks per class. This allows for me as a volunteer to make a commitment without having to tie down a long stretch of time. The leaders of this group are warm and accepting and work hard to make sure everyone is included and heard.
I would encourage anyone who is looking for a volunteer opportunity to give them a try, it is easy and rewarding.