Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly…

Martin_Luther_King_Jr_NYWTS“We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King

This quote from Martin Luther King comes from his 1967 Christmas Sermon on Peace.  Last year we talked about the civil rights era being an inspiration for disability advocacy.  Fifty years after Dr. King uttered these words, we still struggle with embedding mutuality throughout our society for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Continue reading

Leo’s Letter: Friendships

friendsRecently, I came across a column about friendships.  I thought the commentary was too narrow – it focused on deficits of kids (or adults) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).  And though the author had some good points, she questioned the value of connecting people with disabilities with those without disabilities and argued that the lack of social skills would be a barrier. Continue reading

The Arc Announces Friendship Toolkit

Andrew At WorkWe are pleased to share our toolkit -“Friends at Work”with you. In collaboration with the Department of Developmental Services, Widening the Circle project has developed this how to kit! Although intended for employment providers, it can be used by families and friends. Thank you to Rick Hawes of Berkshire Arc who worked with Jim Ross and Mary Ann Brennen and the project advisory committee to develop the toolkit. We also received input from Margaret Van Gelder of DDS and Cindy Thomas of ICI. We appreciate their generous sharing of information and resources. Click here to view the Toolkit. Continue reading