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The Navigators’ Project

Debriefing of a Spectrum Society project in which we looked at the possibilities for fostering more autonomy and self determination by providing supporters who took on a new role of “Navigators” in the lives of people with disabilities… each drawing is about 4 ft x 6 ft and took about 2 hours in real time, recording as people talked.

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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 with Gladys Duran doing an excellent job of the voice over.).   This concept came out of our second meeting with our focus group.
The draft drawings, plain language translation and concepts are pretty much done; the next step will be to put together a draft and sit down with Jule Hopkins to talk about how it matches up (or doesn’t) with her vision of things.   Jule has been amazing about incorporating feedback from the self advocate groups into these publications.   She just makes it all work.   We’re so lucky to work with her 🙂

One of the things that Jule does is press me to create images that don’t need words and convey the meaning of the group and the idea they are talking about.   I love how clear she is about this idea, and have learned a lot from working with her.   And the resulting payoff has been having people who have no or very low literacy come up and tell us how much it means to them to have a booklet they can understand.

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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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