Abilities Alliance

Abilities Alliance

Abilities Alliance

Youth and adults with disabilities have abilities and talents like everyone else.  The Abilities Alliance would like to organize the community to provide collaborative opportunities to youth and adults as well as address the many challenges that may exist in our community.  One key area this workgroup would like to address is to change the conversation from “disabilities” to “ABILITIES”.  There are many great things happening in our community now but this workgroup will seek to organize opportunities in areas like housing, transportation, employment, recreational, family support and fun.   The primary goal is to increase understanding, reduce stigma and provide opportunities. 


Mission

To ensure individuals are first seen with abilities and are given similar opportunities to be active in our community. 


Goals

  1. Create a method of communication for all individuals; ensure individuals have information about opportunities in many ways.
  2. Increase understanding and reduce stigma
  3. Education assistance
    Support and partner with the schools on expanding opportunities
  4. Employment assistance
    Career planning
    Expand employment options based on abilities/interest
    Work with employers in our county
  5. Transportation
  6. Social and Recreational Activities
    Ensure barriers are addressed to be part of the community events and support other events that are identified

Objectives

  • To improve community-based program offerings for individuals with Livingston County.
  • To develop a marketing campaign in our county to increase understanding and change the conversation regarding individuals with disabilities.
  • To fill gap and need areas in services/supports for individuals in conjunction with other HSCB workgroups when applicable.
  • To gain a working understanding of available funds/resources and what can be covered, so gaps can be identified and addressed.
  • To build relationships and meet with legislators to help them understand the unique abilities of individuals in our community.


To learn more about the Abilities Alliance, please contact Anne Rennie at arennie@cmhliv.org