Embracing Positive Change
In 1964 a group of parents in Maryland came together to better support their children in finding meaningful professional experiences. They founded Rehabilitation Opportunities Inc. which later became Opportunities Inc.
The organization focused on ensuring adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities learned valuable skills that would allow them to apply these in professional tasks within a supervised environment.
After decades of successfully providing a system that offered individuals with I/DDs a safe setting in which they could learn and practice valuable life and work skills while supporting community businesses, in 2014, the Home and Community Based Settings Final Rule was implemented. With the advent of this new law, Opportunities Inc. began to open its doors to welcome new adventures for its members and ever since has consistently transformed to better cater to the needs of those who choose our services.
Over the years, there has been a constant flow of changes to Opportunities Inc.’s services and programs that better reflect the inevitable shifts that society experiences.
From a more sheltered standardized program, we have embraced the need to focus more on each individual’s needs and interests and today pride ourselves in creating personalized plans and services that emphasize choice. We ensure that our participants are able to make progress at their own pace and that their individual accomplishments are celebrated. We strive to open channels of communication, to raise more awareness and support full inclusion within the communities each participant belongs to through social events, volunteerism, employment, and advocacy. Today, our participants are able to engage socially in many different settings that reflect the diverse world we live in.
As COVID-19 has changed the world and its ways, Opportunities Inc. brought its services to its participants and designed a multitude of virtual options to ensure its programs continued to be delivered and participants’ progress moved forward. We have embraced these changes and built upon these newly found opportunities to connect with our participants and to connect them to the world.
We look forward to moving forward, with and for the adults we serve.
Advocate for, empower and support full inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We envision inclusive communities where all are empowered to reach their full potential.