When a child experiences a disability, family dynamics change. Parents can feel isolated as they navigate health, education, and other important decisions on their own. Siblings may find that their peers can’t relate to some of the experiences unique to living with a sibling with a disability. To provide a platform for families to connect around these shared experiences, Bridging Communities was created.
Bridging Communities is a family-led initiative that is responsive to the needs of families in Southern Oregon with children experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities.
From the moment Bridging Communities was launched, it has been shaped by the voices of families in the community. It was these families who worked together to choose the name of the program.
To connect families with resources and each other; and support communities in being welcoming, strong and diverse.
Supported and empowered families engaging in shaping a diverse community that welcomes all.
- Connection: We connect families to each other so that they feel less alone
- Discovery: We help families navigate support and services by sharing information
- Welcome: We assist local communities in welcoming and supporting all families
Because Bridging Communities is family-led, it is constantly evolving to be responsive to the interests and needs of families. Examples of opportunities that Bridging Communities may facilitate include parent-to-parent mentoring, trainings and workshops, social events, and spaces to connect virtually. Meetings for moms, dads, and sibling groups offer the chance for family members to connect with others who share similar experiences and exchange resources, ideas, and encouragement.
Bridging Communities also works to help make communities more welcoming for the families of individuals living with disabilities. This includes advocacy, community-based events and supporting families in taking on leadership roles that help support inclusive communities.
We hope you’ll get involved with Bridging Communities.