Community Bridges

Social Inclusion

gerstenbergerAt Community Bridges, we often share the story of the lessons that we have learned since our founding in 1982. We have learned that everyone has gifts to share and that one of our primary roles in meeting our mission is to help people discover their gifts and find places where those gifts can be appreciated. Over the years, we have uncovered the reality that our communities are stronger when everyone is included. Perhaps one of the most important truths that we have learned is that disability is a natural part of the human experience.

The wording contained in the 1988 Individuals with Disabilities Act states further that “disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals with disabilities to live independently, enjoy self-determination, make choices, contribute to society, pursue meaningful careers, and enjoy full inclusion and integration in the economic, political, social, cultural, and educational mainstream of American society”. Through our mission we understand this to be both a statement of rights and a call to action to provide opportunity. All of our services have this as a goal.

To further support our vision of a world where all people are celebrated and valued, Community Bridges has developed the Me Too! Resource Center. Here, we collect and distribute stories of success, current information, and educational material on topics relating to our mission in building lives of full citizenship and participation. Our themes include honoring and supporting the role of Direct Support Professionals, the passion and meaning behind the beloved community that welcomes all members, the discipline and practice of person centered thinking, and ways that social inclusion can be mastered.

We hope you find the Me Too! Resource Center to be a valuable source of inspiration and learning. We will update it frequently, so please visit often. We encourage you to join us with your own ideas and contributions. Everyone is needed to make sure that “all means all” and that we mend together whole communities.

Respectfully,

Roy Gerstenberger

Community Bridges is a non-profit agency serving the communities of central New Hampshire. Disability is a natural part of the human experience and may occur as a result of developmental impairments, injury, or aging. We advance the integration, growth, and interdependence of people with disabilities in their home communities in ways that promote their ability to have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves.