Becki Pauls's Blog (10)


This past summer, I was spending time with my friend Stephanie in Uptown Waterloo.  We were wandering around the park and walking about town when we heard some upbeat music and the sounds of people having fun.  We followed the sound of excitement until we reached Waterloo Town Square.  There we found a diverse group of people laughing, smiling and moving all around.  We were not sure what they were up to - but we saw big blue balls, smiling faces, and heard the sounds of laughter.  It was…


Added by Becki Pauls on November 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

RARE: a play that you won't want to miss

As seen in the Globe and Mail:

In a rehearsal hall in Toronto’s west end, acclaimed playwright Judith Thompson is urgently calling on her performers to be their best selves: “Mike, you’re squishing James, move over.” “Sarah [who is wildly gyrating], keep your…


Added by Becki Pauls on July 6, 2012 at 6:26pm — 1 Comment

Buddy Choir Makes History

On Monday, April 30, 2012, our Buddy Choir made history. We performed at the Waterloo Catholic School Board's meeting. 

In front of a packed board room and attending audience, we sang Lady Gaga's ‘Born This Way’ and an abridged version of John Lennon's ‘Imagine.’ 

We have performed these pieces and others elsewhere, to much larger…


Added by Becki Pauls on May 1, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments


(I got this email and wanted to pass it around!)

If you have Down syndrome and want…

Added by Becki Pauls on January 26, 2012 at 7:04pm — 1 Comment

Reflections on the Scottish Inclusion Institute (by Jack Pearpoint)

To the Skirl of Bagpipes, a boran (drum), fiddle and voice – we were all learning about Scottish ‘line dancing’. 


One of the many learnings was that it isn’t nearly as easy as it looks – and some of the locals can Really Swing. 



The requirement:  "Show up and Join…


Added by Becki Pauls on November 29, 2011 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

TSI 2011 - Welcome Package and Important Information

Greetings as you are packing to depart for Toronto Summer Institute 2011!


A few things we thought you'd like to know before arriving..


This notes covers:

  • Airport to Ryerson transportation
  • The Ryerson accommodations where most folks will be staying
  • The TSI ‘base’ location’
  • TSI schedule updates…  


OPENING Saturday Night, July…


Added by Becki Pauls on July 6, 2011 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Enjoying a new sense of independence - A Story From Elmira, Ontario

Enjoying a new sense of independence

February 22, 2011

Gail Martin - Independent Editor
Stacey Reinsma, Gabrielle Gauthier and Janine Haid share a moment in Reinsma and Gauthier’s apartment. This apartment is part of a new experiment in independent living for developmentally challenged adults.
Mark Allison is having the time of his life.

Mark is living in his own apartment for the first time, thanks to a new initiative by Elmira District…

Added by Becki Pauls on February 22, 2011 at 8:54pm — No Comments

Interesting Stats ....

.... 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 — No Comments

What makes it welcoming?

In the Social Networking for Social Change group, we are currently looking at the things that make an online Network feel welcoming. We want the Inclusion Network to be a welcoming online meeting space where all people can feel connected and share in meaningful converstation about the things that are most important to them.

We are interested in what you think.

What makes an online social network feel welcoming to you?

Please share your thoughts… Continue

Added by Becki Pauls on February 1, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

The Global Community of Inclusion Network

I just cannot help but share this:

Take a look at this map! The red flags represent the geographic location of each of the people that have used the Inclusion Network site throughout the past few months! Remarkable!

Added by Becki Pauls on January 8, 2010 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

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