I was again invited to the Family Support Institute Training Weekend in Naramata – last year this was a really transformational weekend for me as a parent, professional and I got to test my chops as a graphic recorder and facilitator. This year we upped the ante 🙂 This is an amazing group of folks. If you are a parent or have a family member with a disability and need support, contact them to find out about Resource Parents in your area. If you are feeling like you’d like to offer something to other families which include people with disabilities, inquire about their annual training program. Last year I think it was 27 new Resource Parents and Resource Family Members came on board, assisted by more experienced peers who have been there from the beginning. If you’re a professional or an agency, consider having someone from FSI come and speak to your group or board – they are having amazing conversations about education, supported work, sexuality, housing and government.
Last but not least, they wanted signs for the doors this year, so people would have a better sense of negotiating sessions that were in different buildings. I used the Ipad to make these!
Oh, one more thing – Spectrum Society, our agency, was thrilled to get the annual Family Support Institute award for our supports to families in B.C.!
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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