Working with David Wetherow and the Star Raft concept…

David Wetherow has been one of my heroes for a long time, and when my facilitation partner Shelley Nessman and I got a chance to work with him we were delighted.   David and Faye are important elders in the Community Living movement in B.C. and in North America who have contributed hugely…  his new ideas are so exciting that after a period of absence he’s been compelled to come out and “play in the sandbox.”   We started with a planning session with the Family Support Institute (you can see the videos

here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sIrkP_B7h8

and here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sIrkP_B7h8).

By the end of the day I was so excited about working more with him and so was Shelley.  An opportunity came up to work with he and the Family Support Institute on a new variation of the PATH planning model which he’s calling “The Star Raft.”   Here are three graphics, the first two done at TASH in Long Beach during his presentation there, and  the last one done with a group of families who are embarking on the Star Raft.

"The Star Raft: The Explorers' Club"
“The Star Raft: The Explorers’ Club”
"What anchors you"
“What anchors you”
Star Raft Talks #1
Star Raft Talks #1

Published by Aaron

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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