Louisville Organization promotes independence for those with disabilities

Program helps disabled gain independence

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A sunny afternoon stroll through Beargrass Creek Greenway Park is pretty typical for Graham Maupin and his supporter Camille. 

“He'll be like, want to go hiking, I'm like, I thought you'd never ask,” Camille said. 

Graham and Camille met through a program called Mattingly Edge. Its mission is to help people with disabilities, like Graham who has Cerebral Palsy, be able to do things with others that people of the same age do and build relationships. It’s been operating in Louisville for over 60 years. 

“We want to support lives, not programs, so it's important to help people figure out their life, that is a lot more sustaining,” Whitney Kays said, one of the Directors at Mattingly Edge. 

Kays said seeing people like Graham gain more confidence and more independence if proof the program works.

“It makes me really proud, it makes me really proud of the work we've done,” Kays explained. 

With Mattingly Edge, it's not only about Graham hanging out with his supporters four times a week.

Across town, a couple hours later, he enjoys a beer at one of his favorite spots, Four Pegs in Germantown. Something other 21-year-olds do.

“The beer, the food, the atmosphere,” lists Graham when we asked his what he enjoyed about the place. 

He even performs magic tricks during their open mic night.

He said it's Mattingly Edge that's given him the confidence to meet new people. 

“I have a lot of friends, like more friends than I ever did so it's really cool,” Graham said. 

Mattingly Edge works with 60 participants and will be holding a fundraiser on Saturday. The point is not only to raise money but to get the participants engaging with other members of the community. 

Below you’ll find the press release to the event on Saturday:

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Mattingly Edge will host an evening of music, art, and games from 7pm to 12am for the 21+ crowd at the Tim Faulkner Gallery (1512 Portland Ave, Louisville, KY 40203). 

Mattingly Edge guests will break out the spray paint for an evening of tunes, art and games at the Mattingly Edge TAG: A Benefit Party. This unique, adults-only event will feature Cover Me Badd, winner of LEO Weekly’s 2014 Best Cover Band Reader’s Choice Award and nominee for Louisville Music Awards’ 2016 Best Cover Band award.

Partygoers will experience live art as renowned graffiti artists Casey McKinney and Jacob Duncan create an original mural. At the end of the evening, guests can purchase a piece of the mural. The evening will also feature a TAG Cocktail, the event’s signature drink, as well as local food from Flavaville and Back Deck BBQ, who will have their trucks set up for the duration of the event.

To round out the evening, Mattingly Edge will host party games for prizes including gift cards for local establishments. This event will be hosted at the Tim Faulkner Gallery, a cultural leader in bringing more artistic endeavors to the Portland neighborhood of Louisville.

Proceeds from TAG will go to benefit The Mattingly Edge, an organization that focuses on helping people with disabilities discover their assets; their interests and the conditions where they’re most comfortable and successful.

Tickets can be bought online at www.mattinglyedge.org/special-events.html and are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Those who purchase tickets in advance get one free drink ticket.

The Mattingly Edge mission is to support citizens with disabilities in the Greater Louisville area to thrive alongside their neighbors in real community.


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