"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."
History of Edwards Center
Edwards Center was founded in 1972 by Dr. Jean Edwards. She visualized a place where adults with developmental disabilities could learn, interact and live - outside of the institutions that were the norm at the time. This realization came in part from wanting something more for her own childhood friend, David, who had Down syndrome.
Dr. Edwards started small - with just six participants from Fairview Training Center and their families. This start was the beginning of turning her dream into a reality.
Now, more than 40 years later, Edwards Center has grown to serve more than 350 adults with developmental disabilities in Washington and Clackamas Counties through employment services, recreation and housing in 19 (and counting!) group homes.
Our Core Values
Providing the best to people with developmental disabilities.
Encouraging decision-making and expression of choice.
Emphasizing an optimistic and compassionate attitude in supporting participants as they overcome challenges.
Facilitating dignity and respect for all individuals through personal and environmental safety, cleanliness and privacy.
Encouraging productiveness and engagement, whether through employment, artistic expression, socializing or other activities.
Fostering and creating opportunities for participating in their communities with people without disabilities.