Support Networks: A Plain Language Guide for Self-Advocates

My colleague Susan Stanfield and I collaborated on this project for Community Living B.C. with three groups of self advocates from all around the province.    Susan and I have been working together (with Ernie) for more than 25 years!  Whenever I am thinking of things to be grateful for, this long and quite amazing partnership is at the top of my list.   We had so much fun with the three groups, and with Jule Hopkins, who is such a visionary.   We’re pretty excited about the materials that C.L.B.C. has been producing in print and video and glad to be … Continue reading Support Networks: A Plain Language Guide for Self-Advocates

working on a new “planning to address vulnerabilities” booklet for people with disabilities #graphicfacilitation

I really like how Community Living B.C. has this intention to create materials that work for people with self advocates and how they’ve used self advocate peers as consultants to do so. We had nothing to do with the first of these projects, “Know Your Rights: A Guide for Self Advocates,” which has now gone from a booklet to a great little film on YouTube (with a really great voiceover by self advocate Gladys Duran), but my colleague Susan Stanfield and I were very involved in the second, “Support Networks: A Guide for Self Advocates,” and now she, Shelley Nessmann … Continue reading working on a new “planning to address vulnerabilities” booklet for people with disabilities #graphicfacilitation

Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun at Wanuskewin

I’ve been spending a great deal of time questioning the idea of teaching and traditional education lately (though this is really the theme of most of my working life), and part of what’s been interesting for me in this is approaching a couple of events in which I’ll prepare curricula with teaching partners and then spend a few days presenting, teaching, learning.   I’m also at the end of completing a graduate degree in adult education and equity studies and, as they should be, a number of things are falling into place – perhaps as questions and ideas about processes rather … Continue reading Standing-Beautiful-Like-The-Sun at Wanuskewin

“draw on”: Brandy Agerbeck dresses up her book!

  So probably everyone is tired of hearing about me going to Chicago to study with Brandy Agerbeck for three days at the end of July but, y’know, you could make your own blog and talk about that 🙂 Here in my blog-world I got this very cool little parcel which when I opened it up to find a signed copy of Brandy’s book wrapped with a black ribbon made into a bow-tie, complete with excellent little buttons (y’all know I love buttons!).   And I LOVE great marketing – hmmm… there must be another word for this – I LOVE … Continue reading “draw on”: Brandy Agerbeck dresses up her book!

PATH: Co-facilitating person-centred planning with friends and family September 10 – 13, 2012

What is PATH? PATH is a process in which a facilitator and a graphic facilitator work with a focal person (or organization or team) and their supporters to create a vision of the best possible future, out of which comes a plan that is always “positive” and “possible,” understood by all and no longer mysterious or scary. By the end of the PATH event the focal person or group has communicated where they want to go, what and who they need to support their journey, and how this part of their lives will be part of a bigger future. Those … Continue reading PATH: Co-facilitating person-centred planning with friends and family September 10 – 13, 2012