CLBC’s Community Safeguards Projects and 101 Friends

Under Jule Hopkins Community Living B.C. (C.L.B.C.) took on a brave agenda of creating documents related to how people can plan for vulnerability and stay safer in community, which had many different parts.  I continue to think this was really exemplary work that involved many self advocates and families, as well as brought together different groups. Jule was an early believer in our work and we used methods from what is now called CBPR (Community Based Participatory Research) and, together, learned a great deal about how inclusive groups and inclusive research works, and got to work with colleagues and agencies … Continue reading CLBC’s Community Safeguards Projects and 101 Friends

PATH AND MAPS: GAIN CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS IN A COHORT OF OTHERS!

For those who know the method of MAPs and PATH: Make it Easy – more explorations with Aaron Johannes, Eilidh Duncan and Shelley Nessman We have had numerous conversations with many of you who want to dig in and improve your facilitation skills and deepen your understanding of the PATH and MAPs process. We are very excited to announce that on January 18th and 19th we will be offering an opportunity for you to do just that! Join us for 2 days of exploring what it means to be a great facilitator, learn and practice some of those skills with … Continue reading PATH AND MAPS: GAIN CONFIDENCE AND SKILLS IN A COHORT OF OTHERS!

Book Review: People with Intellectual Disabilities: Towards a good life?

Originally posted on 101 Ways to Make Friends:
People with Intellectual Disabilities: Towards a good life?   Kelley Johnson and Jan Walmsley with Marie Wolfe.   The Policy Press, 2010.   About $40.00 Canadian. British researchers Kelley Johnson and Jan Walmsley are well known in the field of disability studies for their innovative work around inclusive research, in which people with disabilities are trained to conduct, record and present research about aspects that are meaningful in their own lives.   Marie Wolfe is an Irish self advocate who “sees it as her vocation” to advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disabilities.   Together they’ve… Continue reading Book Review: People with Intellectual Disabilities: Towards a good life?

Welcoming Difference and Diversity in our Networks

Our workshop, “Welcoming Difference and Diversity in our Networks,” has been through a few iterations but most recently was featured as the all day training for the annual B.C. Family Support Institute Training Weekend, which gathers resource parents (who support … Continue reading Welcoming Difference and Diversity in our Networks

Unity of New Westminster: Community Research Project embedded in social constructionism

After some discussion with the Unity of New Westminster Church, Barb Goode, Liz Etmanski and I received a small community research grant to explore and document their congregation, history and future directions.  The grant allowed us to give an honorarium, buy food for gatherings and hire a research manager who kept us organized.   The Taos Institute, which I partnered with in my PhD program, investigates things from a social constructionist lens: Social constructionist dialogue – of cutting edge significance within the social sciences and humanities – concerns the processes by which humans generate meaning together. Our focus is on how … Continue reading Unity of New Westminster: Community Research Project embedded in social constructionism

ARTbrain – a new project

Now that this has been formally announced, we can share some great news!  Our new ARTbrain project combines a few ideas that Liz Etmanski, Susan Powell and I have been talking about for a while.  We were grateful to receive some funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to explore these ideas over the next eight months.  Our proposal read, Access to fine arts and humanities education has been almost impossible for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and this project will involve them in thinking critically about how art works, making art, works from art history and … Continue reading ARTbrain – a new project