On My Own of Michigan assists adults with mild developmental disabilities become independent, social and contributing members of the community. We believe individuals living with developmental disabilities have the right to choose where they live, work, play and worship. And, when given the opportunity, experience and appropriate supports, they can become active members of the community.
On My Own of Michigan upholds the following values as the foundation upon which our programs and services are built!
- Self-determination – On My Own members have the right to choose where they live, work, play and worship and the right to control important life decisions.
- Empowerment – On My Own members are committed to reaching their individual potential through independent living skills training and enrichment classes, individual supports from family and staff, and attaining personal success goals.
- Interdependence – On My Own members believe they succeed as individuals because they give support as well as receive support therefore our organization’s motto – “on my own and not alone!”
- Community – On My Own members value opportunities to build positive and enduring friendships through organized activities, outings and trips as well as through informal and spontaneous gatherings.
- Citizenship – On My Own members believe it is important to be involved in the community by giving back through volunteer activities.
The On My Own program model was developed in Columbus, Ohio more than 20 years ago. The model was brought to Michigan in 1997 by Deborah Korzon, Ph.D. who joined with local parents to start a program in Troy to address the socialization and independent living needs for their children with developmental intellectual disabilities. The organization was incorporated in July of 1997 and classes began in October with the first members moving into independent living arrangements in their own apartments in January 1998.