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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities

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

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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 :)

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity of meeting Molly and Leah through the Small Provider Ogr. Coalition and at a Town Hal meeting. These two ladies present exemplary status in the field of serving person's with disabilities. On-The-Move is full of exciting experiences opportunities that enrich the lives of the customers who attend their group events. Thank you Molly for your strong advocacy and efforts that you provided to the small provider org. community these past couple of months. You and your team are amazing!

Sasha V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I serve with the Executive Director, Molly Mayo on the Oregon Small Provider Org Coalition. She and Leah, the Program Manager work tirelessly to advocate for systems change to improve the independence, integration and accessibility for people with disabilities.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional in this field I see lots of non profits who provide support to my customers but not all of them do what On-The-Move does. From hiking in different places in the Portland Metro area to volunteering at the food bank, OTM really enriches the lives of the people they touch. I have one customer in particular who goes to OTM and this customer absolutely loves the organization, she has grown so much with OTM, she takes the bus across town on her own to get there, her socialization skills and confidence have improved as well as the fact that she remains healthy with the activities OTM provides – thank you for founding such a great organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of working for On-the-Move before I had to say goodbye to return to school. My time spent working for this wonderful organization was, to say the least, inspiring, and will not soon be forgotten. The staff, participants, and families involved are all unforgettable people who share a common goal of a world where diversity is celebrated and embraced by all.