The Team



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Presumption of Competence

We believe that all people are capable of learning, and want to learn. We know that spoken language does not equal intelligence.

Least Dangerous Assumption

We support meaningful, age appropriate opportunities to learn, grow, and explore. We believe all people benefit from these opportunities, regardless of each person's ability to speak or "prove" what they learned.

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Dignity of Risk

We believe in honoring each person's right to make informed decisions. Sometimes these choices come with inherent risk (e.g., if a person goes skiing they may fall and become injured, if a person invests money they may lose money, etc.). We help to inform people of pros and cons, and then support them in determining an acceptable level of risk. With this information, each person is supported in making his or her own decisions. We believe risk is an inherent part of learning, exploring, and becoming an autonomous person.

Individualized Supports

We do not believe in congregate services, and instead support people in engaging in their own communities. Individualized supports are developed by working with each client and their team, with may include family, friends, service providers, community members, and/or others. When providing group supports (e.g., AAC groups, tutoring groups, Kindling Studios, etc.), the people attending are self-selected and have chosen to experience parts of their lives with others who have similar goals and challenges.

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