Cracks and Change

by John O’Brien Metaphors shape options for action by influencing thought. Imagine a person with a disability as suffering from a disease, channel attention into the search for a cure and compliance with treatment regimes. Imagine a system as a machine, channel attention toward engineering mechanisms of command and control. Playing with metaphors can sharpen […]

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The Opportunity for Truth & Reconciliation

Creating the Futures We Want Key links in this article: • Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report • CBC NEWS – Truth and Reconciliation offers 94 ‘calls to action’ • [Product] ABCD in Action • [Resource] Circles of Friends/Support The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report with 94 Recommendations is 5 years old this week.   It […]

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Intentional Teaming: The Ultimate Test

By Beth Gallagher Eight years ago this month, a book was written about our experience with creating support teams around people using services. Intentional Teaming: Shifting Organizational Culture seemed at the time, somewhat of a dramatic departure from the norm as far as typical service provision was concerned. Our management style suggested that successful supports […]

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Thinking About Colonialism

Colonialism??? Isn’t that ancient history? My answer is – not quite. If we make a space to look under the covers, we will begin to notice that many of these injustices have deep roots in our history – and my simplistic summary is ‘colonialism’ and ‘imperialism’. For Canadians, we need look no further than ‘our […]

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Creating the Future We Want… We Need Circles of Support

Times of crisis – of global disruption – are also times for new ideas to blossom and take root.  While acknowledging the devastation of the pandemic, it also lays bare some of the catastrophic and systemic disregard for citizens with disabilities and others who have been marginalized in our society.  Within this painful visibility, there […]

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