Connie Lyle O'Brien
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"Valuable Deficiencies" by John McKnight
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Ann Racino Oct 6, 2011.

Group person-centered planning
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Julie Ann Racino Sep 11, 2011.


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At 11:37am on September 18, 2010, Ron Irvine said…
Hi Connie, I sure missed you all this summer. Still doing the work here in Grand Rapids MI, though. I think the next level we need to go to is the Group Person-Centered Planning process that you and Beth developed. What resource would you recommend to get a good foundation for proceeding?

Also, has the new MAPS / PATH book been changed very much from when I took the workshop last fall? Debating whether to get the final or just keep my marked up draft.
At 12:12pm on September 6, 2010, Julie Ann Racino said…
Connie: It's good to find you and John O'Brien again. Thanks for all your support during my early career years, and best to you in your continuing work. I wish you and John were around to get input on the two books I wrote after I left Syracuse University - Policy, program evaluation and research in disability and Personnel preparation in disability and community life. I have another community disability studies book in process from 4 years ago, but not sure if I want it finished and published.So much has changed since those times!! Julie Ann Racino
At 10:37pm on April 23, 2010, renee stanley said…
Hi Connie,
Thanks for accepting my friend request. I am looking forward to hearing you and John speak later this month in Adelaide at the Convention Centre. I bet you are both feeling exhausted! I appreciate you both taking the time out to share your knowledge and experiences with us in Little old Adelaide.
See you then,
Renee Stanley
At 7:17am on January 5, 2010, Sukoluhle Mahlangu said…
Hi Connie,

Can i add you to my friend list? I'm really interested in meeting with you especially if you are in Scotland. I would like to 'pick yo brain' on person centred planning and the experiences in America/ Canada.
At 11:05pm on July 27, 2009, Julie Simpson said…
I will just read the new one
will send you some comments about what I learn next week
At 2:46pm on July 27, 2009, Julie Simpson said…
Hi Connie
Leave U.S today
visited families at LOV Dane in Michigan, Broadway at Indiannapolos and Holly and the Federated coop in Phoeneix
all very worthwhile
When I stayled with you in Georgia, you introduced me to Laurie King,
am a devoted fan.just bought Touchstone - riveting
Looking forward to seeing you in Australia
At 8:39am on July 23, 2009, Blair Groves said…

In a session I attended at TSI09, someone referenced Connie with this tip she gives at the opening of a meeting, circle discussion, help with open dialogue and group participation. It seemed too simple, until I used it as a "guideline" recently with a small group...and it brought different results and balanced participation!

Thanks Connie!
At 8:33pm on July 20, 2009, Heather Simmons said…
Ah! That would be great...just finalised my flight booking last night so raring to go...Steve was saying that you've had a few dealings with immigration! Hope that all goes smoothly...
Until October!
At 5:50pm on July 20, 2009, Heather Simmons said…
Hi Connie
I was so sorry to miss the Summer Institute...I was really looking forward to getting the opportunity to talk to you about the work you're doing and the stuff that Steve and I have been up to with The Big Plan...I hope there will be another opportunity.
In the meantime...thanks for the notes you posted here...enjoyed reading them...lots of food for thought...
At 3:53pm on July 20, 2009, Ron Irvine said…
Actually, I thank you (not I think you). :-) See my comment below.

If you are interested, we set up a site to promote out Make a Difference initiative here in Grand Rapids with Anne Mitchell. Check it out at

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