Greg Walker (Owner, Walker Martial Arts, Newberg, OR), Nathan Quarry (retired American mixed martial arts fighter and former UFC middleweight challenger) and Jacob Beckmann preparing for "Rumble at the Roseland", April 18, 2015.

Greg Walker (Owner, Walker Martial Arts, Newberg, OR), Nathan Quarry (retired American mixed martial arts fighter and former UFC middleweight challenger) and Jacob Beckmann preparing for "Rumble at the Roseland", April 18, 2015.

Create the Connection is a social advocacy organization co-founded by Jacob Beckmann, a young man with Down Syndrome.  Jacob inspires so many to face their fear of judgment and take the chance to reach out to others.  His spirit of acceptance and self-determination prompted the idea for Create the Connection.  We are dedicated to explore  personal empowerment for all people, regardless of diagnosis or physical challenge.  

Our mission is to develop innovative outreach activities and communication tools to assist people with differences to engage the world around them in meaningful, exciting ways.  People with differences may find themselves on the outside looking in at times.  Perhaps they notice that they are ignored or notice that people may not say hi or engage them.  At times they may even be avoided or ignored. 

Our goal is to help shift this paradigm.  We are committed to  find ways for people with differences to engage others directly and in creative ways.  This could lead to a greater sense of personal determination and self-efficacy. Check our the rest of our website and stay connected as launch this exciting new venture!