101 Ways to Make Friends March ‏ 2015

Mar 01, 2015 08:37 pm | Aaron

“Person centred planning grew out of a passionate concern to support people with developmental disabilities in discovering and contributing their gifts.”   Connie Lyle O’Brien and John O’Brien Person Centred Planning is the central concept behind community support.  Wolfensberger showed people the need to move away from institutions, and person centered planning showed us how […]


Mar 01, 2015 04:55 pm | Aaron

If we talk about “community living” but we don’t know what we mean by “community” we end up confusing everyone, including staff who provide supports, those who manage them and the neighbors we hope to befriend. Liat Ben-Moshe, in a paper called “The Contested meaning of Community,” writes that, “If one defines ‘‘community’’ as a […]


Mar 01, 2015 03:11 pm | Aaron

One of Spectrum Society’s five strategic goals for the next three years is increasing the number of people who are directing their own services. We believe that every person has the right to direct his or her own life, with the assistance of their personal support network. There are many ways that people can become […]


Feb 22, 2015 01:40 pm | Aaron

“Cause work is hard enough without truly being valued for who you are and what you can offer.”  Christian Merkley Some of us in our loosely knit facilitation network have spent the last year taking various courses with Christina, starting with her SHIFT-IT course and then separately moving onto other courses either online or in […]


Feb 11, 2015 09:58 pm | Aaron

Join us at the Sharing Stories Book Club! Get together to have coffee, make friends, chat and have some fun reading together. There will be two clubs, one for adults and one for youth. This inclusive, weekly read-along book club will include participants with all levels of literacy. Please RSVP to Sophie.middleton@vpl.ca. Everyone is welcome! […]

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