The new center will provide providing support services, therapy, group classes, and recreation to individuals with disabilities.
By Debbie Hall
Collaboration Center held its official ribbon cutting to open the former Why Ranch as its new facility on Sept. 24. The center is being developed as a community for inclusion, focused upon family and peer engagement, social interaction, recreation, therapy, and education to enhance the lives of those touched by Intellectual, Developmental, and Physical Disabilities (ID/DD/PD) of all ages.
Guests and speakers for the open house included Lynda Tache of the Collaboration Center Foundation, representatives from six community partners including NEAT, Down Syndrome Organization of Southern Nevada, Let’s Talk Therapy, and Inclusion Fusion, Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, staff from Rep. Susie Lee’s office, Mrs. England, Linda Smith, and representatives from The Latin Chamber of Commerce, Las Vegas Asian Chamber and the Las Vegas India Chamber of Commerce.
“I believe that every person has a purpose, and they have potential. We believe as long as we are getting these individuals plugged into services and the right type of services, they have the chance to be the most independent, productive, purposeful, and a really meaningful life,” Tache told invited guests.
Commissioner Naft presented Tache with a Proclamation that Sept. 24 was Collaboration Center Day.
“This is an incredible milestone. The work that is going to happen in this beautiful space is going to impact those with disabilities and their families,” says Commissioner Naft.
Tache also announced the partnership with Lyft rideshare for the Lyftup Job Access Program to provide rides for interviews and training.
Individuals and families living with disabilities must navigate for assistance, insurance, treatment, and life skill options. Collaboration Center aims to streamline the system and treatments by becoming a concierge-style program that families can refer to the best choices in guidance, assistance, and outreach in Southern Nevada.
According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people, or 15 percent of the world’s population, live with some form of disability. The Collaboration Center Foundation is a community for inclusion, focused upon family and peer engagement, social interaction, recreation, therapy, and education. Founded this year, the Collaboration Center Foundation currently assists individuals with physical, mental, and developmental disabilities of all ages. The foundation’s campus is planned to totally open in 2021 offering disabled individuals and their families therapy, support, peer groups, family support, recreation, and a working garden The center will also have state-of-the-art facilities, including a community-sized pool, mini-golf course, exercise room, an adaptive social-inclusive playground, an enclosed park, and a multi-purpose sports course. It will also be home to the foundation’s nonprofit events and programs, community for-profit events.
Collaboration Center Foundation LV Ranch is located at 8390 W. Windmill Lane. Tours are available for the general public by appointment and can be made by calling 702-967-3522. For more information regarding the Collaboration Center Foundation, call (702) 967-3522, visit www.collablv.org or follow Facebook and Instagram @collaborationlv.
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