P. R. I. D. E
People's Rights to Independence Dignity and Equality
The PRIDE program was established in 1999 and serves individuals with very profound physical and intellectual disabilities who require 24-hour care and supervision.
In addition to providing respite care for families, members of PRIDE enjoy regular outings throughout the community and receive assistive technology training and auditory and visual stimulation to help them communicate.
Tony is an avid sports fan. His interest in sports is evident on his wheelchair. “#23” is placed on the back of its seat as a nod to one of his favorite basketball players, Michael Jordan.
During the past five years, he has been a member of Opportunity Village’s PRIDE program, which gives him an opportunity to explore his personal interests in a secure place where his unique needs can be met. He likes getting out of his #23 wheelchair to walk using assistive equipment, which increases his physical activity and strengthens his legs and core muscles. Tony also enjoys going on community outings, especially to watch the thousands of fish swim in the reef aquarium at the Silverton.
PRIDE doesn’t only help Tony. The program also helps his family with whom he lives by offering the peace of mind in knowing that he has a safe place to go during the day – a place where he feels happy and proud.