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

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 … Continue reading Working with David Wetherow and the Star Raft concept…

the paths we’re on…

“If you let people break your spirit and detour you from your path, then you have not been true to yourself or those you’re here to touch, those who believe in you.”   Allison DuBois “The path is the goal.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. Just back from a camping trip where I spent a lot of time walking and thinking about the idea of a path and how significant this is as a metaphor for all of us, as we move from one state to another, from one focus to another…   and then Gary put up this lovely quote, so I felt … Continue reading the paths we’re on…

the vulnerabilities booklet… sssshhhh…

So I’m not quite sure if I should be sharing any of these drawings yet but here’s a taster of a drawing I like, which might make it into the booklet, which Susan Stanfield, Shelley Nessman, Jim Reynolds and I are facilitating the groups of self advocates to give input into. This is for the third in a series of booklets for C.L.B.C., which has this great idea of incorporating ideas and feedback from self advocates to create materials they can use.   (We had nothing to do with the first one, which was just turned into a lovely little film … Continue reading the vulnerabilities booklet… sssshhhh…

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

Dancing with Community Webinar Series

I’ve been very excited about a recent project, a fund-raiser for TASH, for a few reasons.  It gave me a chance to work with some of the new information I’ve been learning about online training; I got to work with some people I really like, who were excited about a topic that excites me; I got to use LOTS of graphics in my parts of the webinars, and I got to “give back” to TASH,  which has been so important player in my own development. At Spectrum We give TASH a lot of credit for what we’ve done well. Here … Continue reading Dancing with Community Webinar Series