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other side of the easel…

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I just found these photos from a workshop that Susan and I did for a self advocate conference in Victoria.   It’s the first and only time (so far) that, as a facilitator/presenter, I’ve worked with a graphic recorder.  In this case Lisa Arora from Get The Picture – she was great!  I think that many of these pictures were taken by our friend Sheenagh Morrison.   The ones that are more poster sized were by self advocates as we got them drawing and thinking about the ways in which they make friends and contribute to their communities.   As much as a presentation on some of our research, it was an exploration (these are my favourite kinds of events).   Many of their ideas made it into a great little workbook we were commissioned to do for Community Living B.C., which is currently being turned into an animated film short (my little guys, walking around, making friends – how cool is that!?).

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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 part of it.

Right now we are working with other self advocates, and Shelley Nessman and Jim Reynolds, who is the manager of social enterprises at Spectrum, on a new booklet to do with vulnerabilities.   But I was just thinking that  I’m still really thrilled with this first booklet and am excited that they’re turning it into an animated film.

We’ve been doing workshops around B.C. about the ideas in this booklet and will soon be getting ready to make a fall travel schedule.   If you’re part of a self advocate group in some way, let us know by leaving a comment and we’ll try to figure out how to bring the workshop to you.

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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 and I are working with a small group of self advocates on a new booklet/translation about addressing vulnerabilities through planning.

Today is a our second focus group and we’re introducing some of the draft drawings based on our earlier conversations with them. They will give feedback on language and images and shape the next iteration and then we’ll meet again.  I’ve been really excited by their thoughtful and considerate approach around what they think is really concrete or what is too abstract, and what they think will work for their friends.

Around the province self advocates feel so much ownership in these materials that work for them, which their friends were part of creating.   Our American friends are really excited about this innovation and the quality of the work that’s being done.   This is one of the draft drawings for the new booklet.   I’ll take some photos of our work together today and upload them later this week.

Feel free to download and share this drawing if you think it’s useful; credit to http://www.imagineacircle.com and a note if you’re using it in a newsletter or on a site is appreciated!

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