Creating Our Common Wealth

Creating Our Common Wealth is a project of the Department of Developmental Services

The purpose, goals, and description of CCW:

People with developmental disabilities tell us they want those things that most of us think are part of a good life: a safe home, meaningful work, adequate income, and family and friends to share life’s bounty and challenges.

While over the past 40+ years DDS has developed a sophisticated system of supports that enable people to live and work in their communities, there has not been a systematic and sustained effort to promote the kind of relationships that give life meaning and provide a natural safety net to meet life’s difficulties. Creating Our Common Wealth was conceived early in 2015 specifically to increase the capacity throughout Massachusetts in provider agencies and DDS programs, and among people with disabilities and their families and advocates, to establish such relationships.

CCW was created to foster leadership committed to social inclusion and to increase the number of freely-given mutually beneficial friendships and other meaningful relationships between people with and without disabilities. More bountiful relationships and social inclusion will have meaningful rewards for the people involved and, over time, will further the development of communities that embrace the gifts, talents and capacities of citizens of all abilities.

Our goals are to: 1) find people whose natural inclination is to support CCW’s purpose and who are willing to commit time and effort toward this goal; 2) provide a wide array of learning opportunities tailored to the needs of participants; 3) create and strengthen personal and professional bonds among people who share these values; 4) promote innovation; and finally, 5) develop leaders who have the skills and experience to maintain a focus on the value of social inclusion and freely-given relationships into the future.

Our purpose is to foster leadership committed to increasing social inclusion, freely-given friendships, and other meaningful relationships between people with and without disabilities…
in a way that promotes innovation; provides invitation, direction and encouragement; generates collective learning; and creates and strengthens personal and bonds…
so that over time communities embrace the gifts, talents and capacities of citizens of all abilities.

For more information contact Jack Yates, Project Coordinator jackyates.ccw@gmail.com