People ask me all the time, "What makes Pathfinder Village so special?"
I answer by saying, "Pathfinder is a way of life, it's a beautiful setting that facilitates community."
Most organizations that provide services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities view themselves solely as service providers. At Pathfinder, we deliver comprehensive and current services, train staff to deliver these services effectively, and we research how those services can be enhanced through the Kennedy Willis Center. More importantly, it is our commitment to preserve and enhance the concept of community for people with disabilities that differentiates us from others.
A short paper at the website of the The Collaborative Initiative for Research Ethics at Brown University points out four universal aspects of community: geography or commonality, network-provided social supports, collective social actions, and changeability. Indeed, Pathfinder reflects all these traits, and offers an environment that supports and enriches the life journeys of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It's more than a place, more than a characteristic, more than a program ... to quote Aristotle, "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”
In 2016, we are celebrating over 35 years as a wonderful community … an inclusive community that attracts interest and involvement from around the world. And during that time, we have made community a little wider, brighter, and more inviting for everyone who participates in the Pathfinder way of life.
Enjoy traveling through our website and learning more about Pathfinder Village. Thank you for your interest.
Paul C. Landers
President & Chief Executive Officer
(607) 965–8377, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org