We have had the privilege of working with many remarkable colleagues who share life long passions to build a world that welcomes the talents and capacities of every person into participation in community life. We have created collections (libraries) of some of the key articles, videos and resources created individually and collaboratively - mostly "free downloads”. These treasured resources reflect decades of work by creators and actors in the cultural struggle to introduce and nurture basic concepts like ‘inclusion’ and ‘person-centered’ work for all.
Coloring Book: Make a Difference Everyone’s world thrives in healthy communities when we nurture the five valued experiences posited in this free book. Connect with five dimensions of inclusion through this Valued Experiences Coloring Book!
25 years ago Marsha and Jack Pearpoint and John O’Brien designed MAPS and PATH as supports to people who need to discover strategies that serve their vision of inclusion in school and community life. Decades have passed, so this handbook reflects what we have learned since the original Path Workbook in 1995.
As we think about our reconnecting to our gifts, there is a devastating crevasse of neglect: our aging citizens. Most cultures honour elders; we warehouse them. Not only is this a tragic waste of wisdom and intergenerational learning, it is a missed opportunity to honour lessons about our mortality, our humanity and the cycle of life. These essays reflect on current policies and opportunities (using examples from Ontario) about what the majority of humans want: to live at home – connected with their families so they can both give and contribute their life gifts.
A compressed history of the meaning of Person-Centered Planning, by John O’Brien. It acknowledges the hard dead layers of habits of social exclusion and describes how to find wellsprings of possibility by listening deeply to bring this work alive.