Open People

A leadership program named and operated by adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.  There are groups in Coos/Curry, Douglas and Klamath Counties.  The purpose of Open People is to increase our customers’ participation in their communities, to assist them to overcome barriers, increase their confidence and self-advocacy, and to brainstorm ideas and ways to solve problems, discover and express their  unique abilities, and live their lives to the fullest degree possible.

Open People is a peer-to-peer group that provides our customers with a safe place to discuss their concerns.  Open People provides opportunities to meet, connect, and interact with others.  It is a place where people can get involved, and try new activities, learn new things, develop lasting relationships, and obtain life-enriching opportunities they might not have otherwise.

Some of the activities Open People has been involved with are:  leadership trainings, art classes, advocacy (a trip to visit our legislators at the State Capitol in Salem), safety training from the police and sheriff’s office, vocational training, to name just a few.  Open People also participates with parades, dances, and holiday events.

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