Our Community Connections Department promotes the emotional, physical and social health of those we serve. Geared toward supporting people of different abilities, backgrounds and interests, our activities encourage independence, inclusion and friendship. By connecting with local community groups, area schools and new volunteers, our Community Connections Department offers programs aimed at teaching self-advocacy, speaking up for oneself and building strong relationships, as well as life skills courses that increase independence and self-confidence.
Community Connections Facilitators collaborate closely with the SSA and Early Intervention (EI) departments to ensure we are supporting the people we serve in achieving their personal definition of a "good life." We then work with each person to create activities that coincide with their goals and interests.
These activities can be customized or they can be any of those listed in our bi-monthly newsletter. For more information about the Community Connections Department or to be added to the bi-monthly newsletter, please contact us.
Creating a world that celebrates people of all abilities, one connection at a time.
Whether it is exploring somewhere new, learning a new skill or making a new friend, our goal is for the people we serve to live, work and play as full members of our community.
Life Skills Courses
With advocacy at the core of our services, our Life Skills courses play a crucial role in helping those we serve enhance their confidence and learn skills necessary for independent living.
Basic Cooking Skills
Through community partnerships like that with the OSU Extension Office Miami County, we offer a variety of cooking classes, including healthy living, basic skills and more.
Rights & Responsibilities
In order to live their definition of a good life, we encourage those we serve to know and understand their rights and responsibilities as active members of our community.
Vision for a Good Life
Using the Charting the LifeCourse framework, we work with each person we serve to help them determine what a good life means to them.
Programs such as our Life Skills courses, Friends Night Out and Adventures in Advocacy group empower the people we serve to consider 3 key elements when determining their "good life."
What is Important to Me
How to Best Support Me
My Vision for a Good Life
A major part of self-advocacy is knowing how to navigate your community safely.
Without a full understanding of your environment, it can be difficult to know what makes you happy and how you can go about achieving that happiness.
As a way to help those we serve feel secure in their everyday surroundings, we created several programs, like our Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Classes, that teach community navigation. Like with our other services, we take an individualized approach to these programs, meeting with the person to determine their desired outcomes, the best plan of action and who they would like to be involved.
Aktion Club is a community service club for adults with disabilities.
Sponsored by Kiwanis International, Aktion Club gives members an opportunity to develop leadership skills and serve their community while enabling everyone with disabilities dignified integration.
The club meets usually meets the first and second Wednesday each month. Some of their service projects include making tie-blankets for Dayton Children's Hospital and raising money for March of Dimes.
Looking for ways to get involved and make new friends? Join Riverside F.A.N.S.!
Our F.A.N.S. Program (Friends, Allies & Neighbors) gives people of all ages a chance to connect with their community. From keeping score at a Special Olympics game to providing office and event support, Riverside F.A.N.S. is for all ages and interests!