At the center of our philosophy is our commitment to inclusion. While there are therapeutic elements to our work, our greatest commitment is about fostering the kinds of learning and social opportunities with adults and children that build sustaining friendships, that deepen an appreciation for diversity, and that recognize the gifts and talents of every individual in ways that celebrate those characteristics as essential to the vitality of the larger community.
On any given weekday throughout the year, as many as 170 children – 1/3 of whom have a developmental disability – between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years gather at The Frazer Center for our Inclusive Child Development Program. Ninety adults with developmental disabilities ranging in age from 18-73 participate in our Adult Program, while an additional thirty adults serve in supported employment positions around greater Atlanta.
Our Guiding Principles
- We value every individual as a member of the community.
- We strive for excellence in every aspect of our work.
- We are committed to advocacy and research on behalf of the community we serve.
- We are faithful stewards of all the resources entrusted to our care: human, natural, and economic.
- We are committed to building and deepening partnerships knowing we cannot do this alone.
Our staff is comprised of 100 full- and part-time professionals, all of whom are committed to building more inclusive communities. While the majority of our children live in the immediate neighborhoods (Lake Claire, Druid Hills, Kirkwood and Decatur), our adults live throughout the five counties that comprise metropolitan Atlanta (DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Clayton, and Gwinnett).
We are also fortunate to offer these programs on 39 acres of old grove forest in the heart of Atlanta. Once the estate of Cator Woolford, founder of the Retail Credit company (now Equifax), these lovely grounds include the beautiful Cator Woolford Gardens which have become a highly sought venue for weddings, corporate events, and even as a location for feature films. In addition to the Gardens, we also have an indoor Atrium which is available year round for rental.
Strategies for Accomplishing Our Mission
- Establish best practice standards for every level of our work.
- Live it – Demonstrate what an inclusive community can be.
- Get the “well kept secret” out there.
- Build and support an environment shaped by nurture, welcome and respect.
- Enhance our financial health and diversify our funding portfolio.
The Frazer Center is an inclusive community where people at all levels of ability and disability gather, learn and flourish together. This is who we are.
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