What is a 'community-based' program?

What makes On-the-Move different is our belief in community-based programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Instead of spending time isolated in facilities, participants in our programs spend time doing small-group activities in their communities. We purposely avoid a “field trip” dynamic that can occur with larger groups. Groups never exceed three participants to one staff member, allowing for adequate direction of each activity. In addition to our small group activities, we also offer employment and personal enrichment programs that are designed to help participants access their communities.


what does a typical day at on-the-move look like?

Our small-group activities are all about exploring Portland, engaging with community members,  making friends, and learning new skills along the way.

Every morning, participants and staff gather at our location in SE Portland to plan their day.  Each group works together to decide on the activity and plan the logistics of the day. A typical day involves taking public transportation to the chosen activity, scouting out a lunch spot, and making short stops along the way. Activities are held Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am – 2:30pm and Saturdays from 10:00am – 3:00pm.


what are some common activities?

Our activities are as diverse as the city of Portland itself, and they change depending upon the time of year. We focus on doing things that are healthy, meaningful, social and fun. The goal is always to engage with the broader community of Portland. Some of our activities include:

  • Breaking a sweat at a local CrossFit gym
  • Hiking through one of the city's parks
  • Attending a cooking class
  • Volunteering at a community garden
  • Discovering something new at one of the city's museums
  • Taking music lessons
  • Cycling at a spin cycle

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How much does it cost?

On-the-Move is licensed by the State of Oregon as a support services agency qualified to help brokerage customers address independent service plan goals. Most participants pay for their appointments through brokerage support plan dollars. During program, we emphasize participating in free or low-cost activities to promote accessibility.

Where can I find a calendar of events?

Rather than a calendar of preplanned activities, our participants and staff work together each morning to plan small-group activities based on common interests among the group.  Since groups never exceed three participants, planning together promotes individual choice as well as the consideration of others. Employment and personal enrichment classes are scheduled based on need. For more details, please contact our Program Manager by calling (503) 287-0346 or emailing Jackie@onthemoveonline.org.

How do I sign up?

Our programs are currently filled to capacity, which means we have to maintain a wait list. To be considered for the program, individuals must first schedule a visit at On-the-Move.  After coming for a visit and deciding that the program is a good fit, the individual can then ask to be added to our wait list. The wait list can last any length of time, depending on the individual’s availability, placement on the wait list, and our capacity. (Note to Case Managers: Do not send referral packets. Please respect our confidentiality guidelines as well as the privacy of the individual.)

To schedule a visit, please contact our Program Manager by calling (503) 287-0346 or emailing Jackie@onthemoveonline.org.

how do you promote health and wellness?

When planning the day’s activities, our staff encourage participants to consider environmentally responsible options. For example, rather than a visit to a mall or a fast food restaurant, we encourage exploring activities such as hiking, taking a community yoga class, or volunteering. These kinds of activities promote the well-being of individuals, our community and the earth.