We’re well into 2018, and the momentum continues to build here at Northwest Center. There isn’t enough space to mention all our successes, so I’ll highlight just a few.
Our Early Intervention and Early Learning teams served a record number of kids in 2017 (770!) and are well on their way to surpass that number this year. We’ll soon launch an Inclusion Team to train other preschools to provide inclusive early learning education and support, while our new autism program (EPIC: expanding play, interaction, and communication) will complement the services we already provide.
We’re making great progress on our “One NWC” strategy. Each of our 900 employees plus our board members have access to our new intranet. We’ll soon share new brand messaging with the entire organization so that we can all consistently tell our story. We continue to build relationships with legislators at the local, state, and federal levels. Two staff members soon head back to Washington, D.C. to help lock down language to influence newly crafted public policy to better govern disability employment.
Our annual gala, The Derby, is rapidly approaching (April 28 will be here before you know it!) and we look forward to a fantastic evening at the Olympic Fairmont Hotel.
And excitement continues to build for the Special Olympics USA Games. In addition to NWC athletes who are competing, dozens of staff, board members, and community partners will join us as volunteers.
Now more than ever, we’re working toward a world where individual talent meets unlimited opportunity. Thank you for your support in bringing us closer to a truly inclusive society.
Onward and Upward,
President & CEO
Northwest Center is passionate about equal rights, anti-ableism, and full inclusion for people with disabilities. Thank you for reading.