My son Nicholas has an odd shaped protrusion just under the right side of his ribcage. You can see it if he's lying on his back - we joke with him that it looks like he swallowed a hockey puck! This piece of hardware in Nick's abdomen is actually a computerized pain pump. Every five weeks or so, we go to the National Neurology Hospital in London where a nurse empties a syringe of muscle relaxant and spinal anaesthetic into a rubber port in the pump. The needle doesn't hurt too much, because we… Continue
Added by Donna Thomson on October 16, 2010 at 4:02pm —
How does power in relationships work? This is a question that has always interested me. For my graduate thesis in Theatre Education, I looked at the work of Augusto Boal – the Brazilian theatre maker, political activist and social experimenter. From him, I learned to use "Forum Theatre" to help Ottawa children understand how to stop bullying. Later in London, I participated in workshops at "Cardboard Citizens" , a unique London-based theatre company using Boal techniques with and for people who… Continue
Added by Donna Thomson on October 16, 2010 at 7:00am —
I am a parent and author of a new book titled The Four Walls of My Freedom.
Have a look at my blog: www.donnathomson.blogspot.com
I'm having trouble uploading photos and images on Inclusion Network for some reason, but for now, here's a link to my book launch event (with John Ralston Saul who wrote the book's foreward) at Harbourfront, October 23 at 2pm:… Continue
Added by Donna Thomson on October 16, 2010 at 6:24am —
I enjoy telling stories about lives that work. All are welcome to comment or add links to stories.
Added by Diana "Dee" Katovitch on October 2, 2010 at 8:42pm —
Gervase Leyden (Nottingham) (Board member of the Marsha Forest Centre)
saw this story on the BBC News website and thought you should see it.
** Fight or flight - would you 'have a go'? **
How would you react if you saw someone being attacked in the street?
Britain has been called a "bystander society" but new
research shows we are more likely to intervene than expected.… Continue
Added by Jack Pearpoint on September 13, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Can you hold a fork? Do you understand how to use a straw? Are you pretty sure about the amount of food that you can put into your mouth and still chew? Do you know why you need to chew? Silly questions, right... for most adults they are. For lunchtime at a day center these are all valid questions, and the assumed answer to all of them is usually no.
Lunchtime at the agency I work for usually looks something like this; three clients to one staff sitting at a table in front of meals cut… Continue
Added by Craig Drury on September 4, 2010 at 1:20am —
Transitioning to Life After Secondary School
As the new school year begins, it is useful for families and teachers to think about how to make the best of the high school year, especially if this if the final secondary school year. Planning for the change from school to life beyond school should be a secondary school priority. …
Added by Jack Pearpoint on August 28, 2010 at 12:30pm —
How open are we to people who are different from us? This is a question not for people have taken a step to explore themselves and their fears to welcome more people into their world. This question is for everyone else who talks about diversity inclusion because it is politically correct.
Inclusion starts in our work place, in our social network and in our thoughts. The discussion about openness begins with us. This openness begins in our workplace, with the acceptance of others who… Continue
Added by aarti sahgal on August 17, 2010 at 8:27am —
David Sibbet taught many of us old timers group graphics and pioneered the use of graphic templates --of which MAPS & PATH are examples. He has supplemented his very useful set of beautifully produced (and expensive) specialized manuals with Visual Meetings: How graphics, sticky notes & idea mapping can transform group productivity.
easonably priced at your local bookstore or online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Anyone who wants to help any group do better work… Continue
Added by John O'Brien on August 16, 2010 at 2:02pm —
Hi All! The College School Year approaches and I am yet again working and reworking my content for the Person Directed Planning class I teach part time! I would like to have SRV represented as it has not been historically. I am hoping I could get some reccomendations for video and reading material. I do have some but not really suited for first year Fanshawe students. I am looking for some introduction material. If anyone could help me out I would be thrilled. Thanks
Added by Danielle Cheyne on August 14, 2010 at 4:42pm —
Many of you will have met Alan Sloan
through various Toronto Summer Institutes
and beyond. We are delighted to announce that his long awaited DVD and booklet are now available. There are four short introductory talks, and four in-depth talks on the DVD - along with an edited transcript in an enclosed booklet. If you personally or your organization/networks are interested in discovering confidence, compassion and… Continue
Added by Jack Pearpoint on July 23, 2010 at 12:53pm —
I just had a two day experience at Bob Rumball Association for the Deaf in Milton Ontario, Canada from July 20-21. I was invited to facilitate dance/movement sessions for the deaf and/or blind as part of the Sensory Exploration Art Program. It was an eye-opening experience...well...;)
The program is trying to be inclusive in a way that people from two associations, Bob Rumball Association for the Deaf and Ontario Deaf Blind Association are making arts together. When my collegue… Continue
Added by Eunji Kim on July 21, 2010 at 6:00pm —
I have come to seek advice around something that I am finding a struggle with. It is something that my work partners and I are trying to sharpen up on. However, we are finding it difficult to find the right words to try to both not offend but also be clear on our values, aspirations and visions we have for the people we are involved with.
We come into contact on a daily basis of Service staff, coordinators, support workers, sso workers etc.. Most of… Continue
Added by renee stanley on July 15, 2010 at 4:51am —
This paper connects to Wednesday's discussion of the sources of effective supports.
Added by John O'Brien on July 14, 2010 at 11:23pm —
These notes summarize the conditions we identified for the success of Ontario's Person-Directed Planning initiative.
Added by John O'Brien on July 14, 2010 at 11:20pm —
We explored what we can learn from efforts to adapt service organizations and systems to the values of inclusion, person-centered supports, and self-determination.
These notes are primarily for the use of module participants; they may not make much sense to thise who were not part of the discussions.
Added by John O'Brien on July 14, 2010 at 11:17pm —
It was interesting to observe that there are so many similarities between us. Hindus' prayer or "Aarti" is followed by something like the smudge ceremony. There is a "Aarti plate" or a "Aarti lamp" which is circulated around a diety or a person and a prayer is sung,In doing so, lamp is supposed to acquire the power of the deity. The plate is then circulated to all those present. They cup their down-turned hands over the flame and then raise their
palms to their forehead - the blessings,… Continue
Added by aarti sahgal on July 11, 2010 at 7:17am —
.... Seems that people are looking forward to Toronto Summer Institute 2010!
Take a look at the Network Usage Stats for today!
This week we had 74 first time visitors, compared to our weekly average of 11.…
Added by Becki Pauls on July 1, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Can anyone help me identify the names of organizations and/or programs/products that provide OD training or consulting to organizations focusing on person-centered services and supports for any or all of the following groups: 1. people with mental illness, 2. people with disabilities, 3.… Continue
Added by Christine R. Valeriann on June 16, 2010 at 2:53pm —
I was privelleged enough to hear Connie and John O'Brien talk about their experiences and suggestions on inclusion. I am thinking about ways to adapt what I do and also, how to talk with others in a way which helps them understand... Wow, so much to do, so much to do
Added by renee stanley on May 2, 2010 at 8:50pm —