Fraser was founded as a school for children with disabilities, at a time when people with disabilities were often institutionalized and very rarely educated. Since 1935, the organization has strived to support people of all abilities. We are also committed to creating a more inclusive and equitable world for people of all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, economic backgrounds, genders and religions.
The Fraser Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Committee was created to further these goals and to support our Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) staff. We want our BIPOC staff to feel represented, supported and heard within the organization. We also strive to provide the individuals and families we serve with culturally responsive healthcare tailored to their individual needs.
Diversity is having difference. Equity creates programs, policies and other opportunities that provide equal outcomes and challenge the status quo by using a growth mindset. Equity ensures that all people and employees are valued for their authentic selves. Inclusion is ensuring that people feel a sense of belonging and employees feel comfortable, safe and supported by their organization. Having a sense of belonging is the feeling that one is respected and valued in a given context or space.
Inclusion, belonging and true diversity are not possible without equity.
Fraser is also committed to cultural sensitivity. Cultural sensitivity provides us with knowledge and awareness of other groups of individuals and their experiences. Having this knowledge and respect helps break down barriers, professionally and personally. Making way for new perspectives and ideas creates a more innovative and collaborative environment.
Fraser believes in person-centered therapy. A person-centered therapy approach is an empathetic approach that empowers and motivates the individuals we serve, by meeting them where they are, with respect and awareness of their individual experiences. When a therapist understands an individual’s lived experience, they’re better equipped to provide care rooted in who the person is and what they have experienced.
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