The Arcadia Institute

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

Community Participation Initiative

The Community Participation Initiative makes it possible for children and adults with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of community life, as they choose. The goal of the Community Participation Initiative is to create partnerships with community agencies that offer activities that are open to all citizens.

We then provide to these agencies the assistance they need to welcome and include people with disabilities. The Community Participation Initiative is funded through a contract with Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

In the Community Participation Initiative, we have developed a unique approach and methodology to our work.

When we began the Initiative, we assumed community agencies would welcome people with disabilities. Our assumption has proven to be correct. When they open the door, we provide them with ongoing coaching and training – benefiting not only people with disabilities, but the general public as well.

Methods for the Community Participation Initiative

We’ve developed the following methods for the Community Participation Initiative:

What does successful community participation look like? The Arcadia Institute has identified specific benefits and outcomes to help measure successful community participation for both individuals with disabilities and the community.

Benefits of successful community participation

Outcomes of successful community participation

If you would like more information about our methodology and how the Arcadia Institute works, please feel free to contact us.