CLI staff members Elaina Lyons, Michael Planz and Madison Thurman pose for a picture after an educational program with members of local nonprofit I Believe In Me, Inc. April 30.

Inclusion is at the heart of what we do. That’s why we feel it is so important that we advocate not just for the people we serve, but for all people who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. We offer educational programs and seminars throughout the community to inform the public about the following items:

  • What intellectual and developmental disabilities are
  • What the proper language to use is when referring to/about people with such disabilities
  • How we can foster a more inclusive society
  • Employment First (what is it and how the community can help)

We believe that everyone, regardless of ability level, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or any other perceived difference, deserves to be included in the community, and deserves the chance to make their contribution to society. We’re making advocacy a more profound part of what we do, because we know how important it is. We know how important it is to educate the community. With education comes understanding, and with understanding comes acceptance.

If you can’t attend our educational programs, we’ll be posting the videos to our YouTube channel, and sharing links here.

If you think our seminars would benefit your company, school, house of worship, or group, please feel free to contact Elaina.

To learn more about what we do, click here.