101 Ways to Make Friends

Today is the last day of our Vancouver PATH training – a great group of people and while we lost a few last week for various reasons, making it a smaller group than expected, it was really exhilarating and powerful.    The folks taking it came from different places, with different ideas and degrees of experience, and it was the first time Shelley and I had taught the process together (we’ve taught it with different partners a few other times), and lots has shifted since last time for both of us – there’s a whole new take on the North Star, and “Bold Steps,” and David Wetherow’s ideas about the Star Raft, and we know so much more about the dangers of mis-using person centered planning and PATH (what does a bad PATH look like is too often answered with stories from real life), and  the very idea of graphic…

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Director of Research, Training and Development, Spectrum Society for Community Living. As well as being responsible for in-house training and research on best practices in the field of helping people with disabilities organize their supports, I support self advocacy groups, contract to provide training and workshops to other agencies and groups and facilitate inclusive research groups. I am the author/illustrator of three books, co-editor of a new anthology for 2012, and co-editor of Spectrum Press. My passion is creating networks of best practice leaders in our field to share person-centred alternatives in how people with disabilities can be facilitated to live lives where their gifts are necessary components in their communities. I am currently half way through a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary studies, focusing on Equity and Adult Education, and particularly on how people with intellectual disabilities may be supported in participatory leadership groups.

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