The mission of the IDC is to bring together community members dedicated to promoting the full and equal participation of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life. The Coalition will work to advocate and ensure that opportunities for self-determination, independence, empowerment, and inclusion exist in the areas including but not limited to education, housing, employment, transportation, civic engagement, socialization, and health care.
The Island Disability Coalition (IDC) began in 2017 when community members, individuals and advocates were brought together to discuss the services that were available to support individuals with disabilities.
The first year of the IDC focused on gathering people around the table to start to develop the goals, vision and mission of the coalition. Monthly meetings drew participation from across the Island; parents, educators, individuals with disabilities, advocates, employers, housing, and service providers participated.
Discussions regarding community inclusion lead to the coalition applying for, and receiving funding from the Tower Foundation with Martha’s Vineyard Community Services serving as the applicant agency with responsibility and ownership being shared amongst all coalition members.
The grant supports the “Year of Planning” which includes the following three primary tasks:
The needs assessment will be distributed in the fall of 2018. Please refer back to the website for more information and results.
Coalition members are parents, educators, advocates, self-advocates, service providers, and employers interested in working towards a more inclusive future for our community. We welcome any community member and organization to join in the conversation. Community inclusion works when we all work together. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more and get involved.