by Bob Keeler, Souderton Independent, January 15, 2019
FRANCONIA, Pennsylvania – Integrate for Good Project Director Bev Weinberg says people with disabilities are too often looked at as recipients of services from others instead of as providers of services.
“We see it really as unfair. Talents go untapped. Organizations miss out on the potential contributions of all people,” she said at the Jan. 14 inaugural Integrate for Good Community Heroes Celebration held at the Indian Creek Foundation in Franconia.
Integrate for Good, which was started by Weinberg in 2017, is “designed to expand opportunities for individuals of all abilities to contribute their time and talent within non-profit organizations in Montgomery County,” according to website information.
Programs it is involved with include the Sleeping Mat Project, which uses plastic shopping bags to make mats that are distributed to the homeless.
“We don’t see people with disabilities as broken or needing to be fixed,” Weinberg said. “Rather, we see a community weakened when it fails to capitalize on the strengths and contributions of all the people.”