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My Why

My parents are developmentally disabled. They have been that way since birth. My mom was diagnosed with a learning disability, but that was before autism existed. I believe she has autism. Her mentality is very similar to a young girl about six years old. My dad was born with hydrocephalus, which caused an intellectual disability….

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Rural Renaissance

Small Town I grew up and still live in a town that has more cows than people. If the elevation surpasses the population, that is the town for me. In Rural communities, you know your neighbor’s favorite cookie and take it to them every second Sunday in May because they lost their mom ten years…

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Training and Excellence

Training and Excellence

By Sadie Hess, Founder and CEO Something BIg We are in the process of doing something big!  (Something we haven’t done in about 15 years here at Compass.)  We are going to open a new department at Compass!  Not another office, as we have been doing.  This will be a department that supports the whole…

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Successes and Obstacles with Cerebral Palsy

BY MADDELINE THOMAS  (Originally posted on Maddeline’s blog) March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month and Cerebral Palsy (CP) comes with extraordinary gifts and challenges. I was diagnosed with CP at birth due to delayed delivery and lack of oxygen in the brain. CP affects my balance, speech, spasticity, and fine motor functions. I was born…

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Finding Happiness During Transition

Written By Maddeline Thomas, a Compass community member.  Article was originally written on Maddy’s Blog – Abilist Resilient Balance Happiness is precious because if I do something every day that makes me happy, then situations will be easier to resolve. Being happy is the top priority because it gives me confidence and a positive outlook….

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Handling Expectations

Written by: Maddeline Thomas Zip-lining in Baguio, Philippines. Have to wear extra protection and bravery to get through expectations.  My family is interracial; I am Filipino, Swiss, and Japanese. My dad is Swiss and Japanese. He had a simple upbringing and was not close to his family. My mom grew up in the Philippines, and…

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Town Hall | August 20th

This was a live Town Hall event record on August 20th. At the very end, the meeting was cut short and ended abruptly due to technical difficulties.

Town Hall | July 30th

Watch our virtual live Town Hall event recorded on July 30th, 2020.  Eric and Sadie share the good news, some updates and of course answer your questions.

2020 Vision

By Sadie Hess We will tell our grandchildren about 2020. This has been a decade of events in a year. We have experienced a pandemic, financial upheaval, civil unrest….and it is only June! So many difficulties and trials and feelings. When we chose our theme for the year, 2020 Vision, we had no idea what…

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