gathering @ the grove.
So, what is the Gathering? It’s not really an easy question to answer. Every time we try to define it, we end up feeling like the Gathering is so much more than that.
The Gathering is more than an event.
The Gathering is more than one perspective or way forward.
The Gathering is more than brilliant and inspiring ideas.
The Gathering is more than unforgettable stories.
The Gathering is…a community.
A community – where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. That’s what we want to build. That’s what we want to nourish. And that’s what we want you to be a part of!
We thought it might be easier to feel like a part of the community if we put just a little structure around the concept. So, here it goes:
WHAT WE CARE ABOUT: The Gathering means a lot of things to a lot of people, but we’re all trying to improve how things work in the field of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities so people can live better lives.
WHO CARES ABOUT IT: That’s all of us, no matter how you’re connected! The community relies on its members to help it thrive. The more active you are with other members, the more vibrant and helpful this community becomes. Also, the Gathering has always been a “leave your title(s) at the door” community. We respect the unique experiences and contributions of all community members.
WHAT WE DO TOGETHER ABOUT IT: We create a space where we can share ideas, experiences, resources, and stories with one another, and we encourage each other to take action and make things better! This can happen in almost any way you can imagine: online discussion threads, videos, interactive posts and polls, email, virtual get-togethers, in-person gatherings, and, of course, our annual Gathering @ the Grove event.
So, welcome to the Gathering Community! You’re right where you’re supposed to be, and we’re grateful to have you! Now, start exploring and sharing so this community can come alive!