C.L.B.C. Safeguards – “Understanding Vulnerability” booklet for self advocates

We were excited to be part of this project, meeting with a focus group of self advocates to look at some complicated ideas and create something together that would be useful for their peers.   In the latest Community Living B.C. email news, Interim CEO Doug Woolard says: CLBC offices across the province have received copies of a new plain language guide for self advocates called “Understanding Vulnerability”. This booklet is a unique tool to help build awareness among self advocates, their family members, CLBC staff, service providers and others about the importance of being aware of vulnerabilities so intentional … Continue reading C.L.B.C. Safeguards – “Understanding Vulnerability” booklet for self advocates

Workshop Videos Part 1

These are videos we often refer to or use in our workshops; feel free to use them too!  We believe they are about ideas not often talked about 🙂 Want to talk more about our work – books, facilitation, dialogues, strategic planning, person centred planning, community mapping and engagement, or…?   contact us aaron@spectrumsociety.org or shelley@spectrumsociety.org What our PATH and MAPs workshops on person centred planning are like; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1ULJfPIDSQ Our Community Mapping Project – Victoria. 1 1/2 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikn3SrGR4DI The Power of a Plan – Inclusion B.C.’s transition project; 5 minutes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPyD9LTgbpU PATH: ; 5 minutes. Cheryl’s PATH; … Continue reading Workshop Videos Part 1

baby birds and the enforcing of independence #rhizo14

“Clarissa had a theory in those days – they had heaps of theories, always theories, as young people have. It was to explain the feeling they had of dissatisfaction; not knowing people; not being known. For how could they know each other? You met every day; then not for six months, or years. It was unsatisfactory, they agreed, how little one knew people. But she said, sitting on the bus going up Shaftesbury Avenue, she felt herself everywhere; not ‘here, here, here’; and she tapped the back of the seat; but everywhere. She waved her hand, going up Shaftesbury Avenue. … Continue reading baby birds and the enforcing of independence #rhizo14

person centred planning part one – video

A lot of the work we do has to do with person centred planning – people get us to come in and help them figure out where they are in their lives, and where they’d like to go.   We love anything that works for the person, but one of our favourite methods is PATH because it incorporates everything that’s really good about planning, and also is an opportunity for people to share their dreams with friends and families.  Here’s part of a video from the Inclusion B.C. “On My Way” site, done by Karla Verschoor. Continue reading person centred planning part one – video

fun video of our Victoria community mapping session and some time-lapse graphic facilitation

Video by Hayley Glossop of Rainbow Notations.  You can check out more posts about this project on our project blog.   The Community Mapping sessions were sponsored by an award from the BC Ideas folks, in Community Living Innovation.   In this project Shelley Nessman and I are going to three communities to ask  self advocates with intellectual disabilities: where do you make a contribution?  where would you be missed?  where are you welcomed in the ways you want to be?  After a day together, and a lot of drawing and talking, we clean up the room and they host … Continue reading fun video of our Victoria community mapping session and some time-lapse graphic facilitation

New Charts – Victoria sessions

I did two days of charting in Victoria – the first day was full of self advocate presentations, games, and a wonderful panel on employment.   The second day was part of our Inclusive Research Community Mapping projects, funded by a grant from B.C. Ideas, in which, working with a self advocate co-host, my facilitation partner, Shelley Nessman, engages people with intellectual disabilities in a discussion about where they contribute, where they are welcomed and what roles they play in their communities.   We were wonderfully hosted by the Self Advocates for a Brighter Future, who were supported by Becon … Continue reading New Charts – Victoria sessions

Family Support Institute, David Wetherow and Inclusive Learning and Research – the Star Raft and ten families

      February20-The Abundant Community March6-Mobilizing Gifts and Anchoring in the ‘Sweet Places’ (Sketchnotes) Another couple of drawings from the TASH conference in Long Beach are here. If you’re interested in the Stone Game, there’s a fun little video I made here.   Continue reading Family Support Institute, David Wetherow and Inclusive Learning and Research – the Star Raft and ten families