– Margaret Theisen, CEO Full Access
“All people love to feel like we belong! It is important for our sense of well being. Look Me In The Eye brings a sense of belonging to each of us and makes for a healthier community.”
– Shaun Plowman -OSLP Arts & Culture Program
“What, ‘Look me in the Eye’ means to me is an opportunity to find courage to be vulnerable and to see more of who I am.”
– Mayor Christine Lundberg, City of Springfield
“The Look Me in the Eye campaign offers a vital reminder that by acknowledging all people in our community, we can begin to shed old stereotypes while helping our community members reach their full potential.”
– Bev Smith, Executive Director Kidsports
“I must say that I was truly refreshed and invigorated by Saturday’s opportunity to spend time with your clients – I had an absolute blast. They are very unique people and I can sense that they are so because of people in their lives treat them with dignity and respect and love. Thank you for all you do to allow them to see themselves as special and so worthy of having people Look Them In The Eye.”
– Katie Rixe, Board Member Full Access
Oregon stepped out of the box about eleven years ago by closing big institutions like Fairview. Redirecting those support dollars, through programs like Full Access, back to clients in their own communities has been the answer to many a prayer. Our loved ones with developmental disabilities are no longer isolated at home but now have very productive, independent, social lives in their own communities. It has been a joy to watch as my neighbors and friends have become more aware that, “It is indeed a small world and how much more we are all alike than different.”
– Laura Weil-Noppenberger, Personal Agent Full Access
“The Look Me In The Eye campaign proposes and enacts a simple message with a powerful impact. Everyone in our community deserves the opportunity to build relationships with peers, to feel valued as a part of their community, and to follow their dreams and desires. By looking someone in the eye; by saying hello; by connecting with someone you might otherwise pass by; you allow people around you an opportunity to show you who they can be! We all want to be thriving members of our community and looking someone in the eye is a great way to live that desire!”
– Francie Sullivan, Full Access Staff
“For me the Look Me in The Eye campaign translates to See Me, Acknowledge Me, I am here and I have value.
Look Me in The Eye; it’s a simple way to make a world of difference in someone’s life.”
– Don Prentice, OSLP Housing Director
What I like about Look Me In The Eye is, that is about respecting everyone the same way. Whether someone lives with a disability or not, Looking a PERSON in the eye means I respect you and you have my full attention
– Celeste Peterson, Development Director, OSLP
Looking someone in the eye means more than just eye contact. It’s about acknowledging that we are all part of the same community, and valuing everyone’s contributions. It also allows others to look at who you really are.
-Celeste Peterson, Development Director, OSLP
– Linda Blossom Wagner, HR Director, OSLP
“The eyes are the window to the soul” – what better way to respect and connect as human beings than to ‘see’ each other? As we connect with our persons served, we see their heart, their humanity, their soul. We offer our feelings and see how they’re feeling…all with a simple “look me in the eye”. When you look in through a window, you can also look out…you see someone’s heart through their eyes, and whatever goes into someone’s eyes will go directly to their heart — and soul.
-Linda Blossom Wagner, HR Director, OSLP