“Everyone has a fundamental right to self-determination.”
Positive Behavior Support Community Foundation empowers people with disabilities to make their own life choices and succeed in the communities where they work, live and play.
“The PBS Community Foundation was established to help people with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and other special needs with a particular focus on self-determination and full inclusion in the community. Our mission is to help these individuals access the supports and services they need to become active and productive members of the community, to encourage long-term planning for aspiring towards meaningful life goals, and to support efforts to establish social connections and friendships in the community.”
For individuals with disabilities, the movement away from inadequate and segregated institutional congregate custodial care has been taking place for 40 years. Now, more than ever, individuals with disabilities are seeking the opportunity to stay in their own communities, pursuing their personal goals while receiving the needed levels of support to make full community inclusion a sustainable reality. What are often missing are community-based, grass-roots support networks, the inter-connected social fabric that will secure life-long inclusion for individuals with disabilities as the basic human right that it is.
Positive Behavior Support Community Foundation, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes, to wit:
- to help people with autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and other special needs, with a particular focus on self-determination and full inclusion in the community by
- encouraging and assisting long-term, person-centered planning and support for aspiring towards meaningful life goals
- helping individuals with disabilities access the natural supports and services they need to become active and productive members of their communities
- supporting efforts to establish quality social connections and friendships for these individuals
- supporting networking activities among self-determined participants, their families and natural supports and paid support staff
- engaging in community outreach and public relations to further general knowledge of self-determination as a viable and preferred alternative for individuals with disabilities
- conducting research on the types of supports needed to sustain a good quality of life independent of traditional agency involvement
- engaging in fundraising and grant writing activities and offering technical services in pursuit of all of the above-mentioned purposes.