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Who We Are

Mission & History

Edwards Center Then and Now

Where a Lifetime of Hope Begins
It is our mission to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities by helping them reach their highest potential through training, education, employment, housing and social opportunities in safe, healthy and stimulating environments.

We believe that every individual has their own unique potential and that they deserve the opportunity to reach it. So we provide the motivation, encouragement and support to help them do just that.

We work tirelessly to erase the lines of perception that separate the “abled” from the disabled, which is what makes us such a driving force in preserving the dignity and independence of the developmentally disabled – not just in Oregon, but in the nation.

We live every day in support of these core values

  • Excellence

    Providing the best to people with developmental disabilities.

  • Individuality

    Encouraging decision-making and expression of choice.

  • Ability

    Emphasizing an optimistic and compassionate attitude in supporting participants as they overcome challenges.

  • Respect

    Facilitating dignity and respect for all individuals through personal and environmental safety, cleanliness and privacy.

  • Productivity

    Encouraging productiveness and engagement, whether through employment, artistic expression, socializing or other activities.

  • Integration

    Fostering and creating opportunities for participating in their communities with people without disabilities.

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