Starfire is focused on decreasing the social isolation felt by people with developmental disabilities. The study above was done by Jack Peeler in the 1990s. He asked 51 people with disabilities, "Who's in your life?"; and the results were this startling picture of isolation. As you can see, out of all the people in a person's life, friends and other citizens comprised the smallest number by far. Today, this picture of isolation is the same, as our outcomes show that people entering our program have on average only 2 community relationships. That's why at Starfire, we are challenged to support people with developmental disabilities and their families to connect to a network of friends, neighbors, and others in their community. Working with one person at a time, we increase a person's quality of life and wellness, and support their desire to have a good life.

  1. Sharing Places - People sharing the ordinary places of community life at the same time and in the same way as others

  2. Making Choices - Choices big and small, in all areas of one's life, lead to possibilities and opportunities to grow.

  3. Making Contributions - Attaining valued roles that use our gifts, talents, passions, interests, ideas and opinions are all ways to make contributions.

  4. Growing in Relationships - Taking time to develop a wide, diverse range of relationships with people to grow stronger in our relationships.

  5. Experiencing Respect - Being seen as a valued person who has positive roles to play in other people's lives by putting our best foot forward.

The Five Valued Experiences

"All citizens have better life chances, and everyone's world grows more interesting, when communities offer rich opportunities for all people to have these five valued experiences."  – John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien

At Starfire, we believe that all people can have access to a good life filled with relationships, purpose, and meaningful contributions. We hope you'll join us.

Who's in your life?