The Arcadia Institute

Making it possible for people with disabilities to be welcomed, supported and respected in their community

Wondering What The Arcadia Institute Does?

The blog this week was written by Dr. Allison Hammond, Executive Director of The Arcadia Institute.

Activities of The Arcadia Institute:

Community Brokering is a process, really a journey, not a program. Through Community Brokering we help people with disabilities to

· identify their communities,
· discover their dreams,
· understand their life story, and
· plan for their future in the community.

During the futures planning meeting, there are two processes used:
MAP (Making Action Plans) or
PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope).

A Facilitator who guides the meeting and a Recorder who draws the MAP or PATH.

See the video on Youtube – The Arcadia Institute Community Brokering at

Connect Kalamazoo is a network of organization committed to Kalamazoo being a place where everyone belongs that is facilitated by The Arcadia Institute. Connect Kalamazoo meets monthly and conducts an annual Building a Community of Belonging Forum.

Educational Workshops are available to any individual or organization who is committed to people with disabilities participating in, volunteering for or working for them.

For more information visit our website at or contact Allison Hammond at 269-254-8224 or

Connect Kalamazoo Survey

The Connect Kalamazoo network is looking forward and wants your input. We are looking for next steps and want your thoughts and ideas. Please take the following survey so that we can determine which direction to move in going forward.

Thank your for your time, thoughts, and ideas.

Independence Day: A Look Back to a Blog from Philadelphia from May 2011

The blog this week was written by Dr. Allison Hammond, Executive Director of The Arcadia Institute.

What does independence have to do with community participation?

For the Blog this week, I found myself looking back through past blogs. We have published a Blog for all but maybe 2 weeks since April of 2010. That is over 300 blog posts! There is a lot there about the history of The Arcadia Institute Community Participation Initiative, Community Brokering, Building a Community of Belonging, Success stories.

Given some of the tone in this political campaign season, this one stood out for me.

Blog from Philadelphia May 17, 2011

I was recently in Philadelphia for a conference where one is surrounded by the history of the beginnings of the United States of America. Just down the street from my hotel The Declaration of Independence was signed.

What does independence have to do with community participation? Everything. The rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are only realized by fully being part of one’s community.

Do people really experience these rights if they are told that because of a disability they only have options to be in special programs that actually exclude everyone else? Would you be happy if because of a certain condition or characteristic you only had a particular set of options for activities that are separate from your fellow citizens?

Through the Community Participation Initiative we support individuals to be part of their community not only by supporting the person, but also by supporting the community to welcome, support and respect all people.

You can find out more by contacting us here.

Join us July 11, 2016

The Arcadia Institute is having a Fundraiser night at Blaze Pizza, 5015 West Main Street, Kalamazoo. Please join us on July 11, 2016, between 5 – 8 pm for pizza. If you bring in this attached flier, 20% of your meal will go to The Arcadia Institute. We hope to see you there!

Building a Community of Belonging in New Mexico

The blog this week was written by Dr. Allison Hammond, Executive Director of The Arcadia Institute.

On the Learning Tour in Georgia, I met Kay Lilley. She is the Manager of the Beloved Community Project in Dona Ana County NM. Read this article about this project that is very similar to our work in Kalamazoo.

For more information about The Arcadia Institute visit us at or call Allison Hammond at 269-217-2205. Like us on Facebook too!