TPC Celebrates the End of Social Isolation | Business

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TPC Celebrates the End of Social Isolation

On June 22, 1999, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities was a form of unlawful discrimination. This Supreme Court ruling helped to bring about the closing of Pineland Hospital and Training Center in New Gloucester.  The Americans with Disability Act and the Olmstead Decision created the basis of Community Inclusion, an idea and belief that has dramatically changed the lives of those who lived in social isolation, many who had given up all hope of ever enjoying the personal freedoms that we take for granted.

What is Community Inclusion? Community Inclusion is the belief that each and every one of us are included in the communities in which we live, work, and recreate. That we all share common interests, rights, and interests that should be included in all that we do.    

The Progress Center strives to insure that each person supported by our services, including individuals once confined year-after-year or worse yet, to life in an institution or other custodial settings, now have the opportunity to share in a meaningful community life including physical, spiritual, cultural, employment, and social integration without fear of prejudice, social isolation or discrimination. This responsibility is not taken lightly.  TPC works with the greater Oxford Hills community on many levels as they continue to embrace the differences in people, rather than the exclusion of some because of their differences. 

What can you do?  How can you make a difference? Stop in at The Progress Center located at 35 Cottage Street in Norway and ask for Priscilla or call her at 743-8049 ext 266.

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