Hosting the times …in ourselves and with others

June 27, 2020 John O’Brien The fast moving shocks of recognized inequalities in the effects of the pandemic and the mass mobilization in response to the murder of George Floyd create profound questions of personal and collective responsibility. The social context demands action that has tangible, structural consequences. Can all that has become visible signal […]

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HOW DO I

Cherry Oakley from Neighbours Inc in New Jersey captures a spoken word reflection of a conversation about the questions emerging from this period marked by a pandemic, and clarity about systemic racial injustice. The video was created by Neighbours International.

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John Daniel O’Leary

John Daniel O’Leary Oct. 10, 1951 – April 14, 2020 The O’Leary Collection – click here

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Thinking about Coronavirus: Let’s Take Care of Each Other – Wash your Hands and…

We are in new and relatively uncharted territory where ‘taking care of each other’ is the most powerful strategy to limit the impact of this viral pandemic. Many of us are privileged and thus even if we become ill, our capacity to rest and recover is excellent. Our concern is that those at greatest risk […]

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Change: Circles of Support (Friends)

CIRCLE OF SUPPORT (FRIENDS) Jack Pearpoint & Marsha Forest this article on Circles of Support was part of the description included on the 2001 ‘Tools for change CD” now gathered under the revised title Dealing with Change

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Through the Same Door – Micah Fialka

A 25 minute film about a young adult with cognitive disabilities going to college. Micah Fialka Feldman wanted fully inclusive education. This is the story of how Micah, his family and friends succeeded in living that dream – in high school and in college. They all wanted it – they worked – and they got […]

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Marsha Forest – clips at a Celebratory event – Aug. 2000

This mini selection featuring Marsha Forest was part of an attempt to create a community based facility for ‘all’. That proposal did not come to fruition, but the Marsha Forest Centre continues to honour her life work. (five minutes)

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SCIL Video: Student Centred Individualized Learning – Jack Pearpoint

SCIL: Student Centred Individualized Learning. This approach to literacy and learning was developed by Marsha Forest at Frontier College. It’s foundation was a focus on the skills and capacities in each learner, and supporting each learner with strategies and tutors that maximized their own learning. (circa 1985) This 10 minute video features Jack Pearpoint (then […]

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Leslie’s Investiture as an Associate of the Sisterhood of St. John the Devine

Lesley has a deep commitment to her Church and wanted to become an ‘Associate’. Friends said “and why not” so on April 5th, Lesley was invested as an Associate of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. Sometimes when we say our dreams out loud – they become possible and achievable. Congratulations to Lesley and […]

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Graphic Recording in Action – Jack Pearpoint

A two minute clip of Jack doing graphical notes of a series of speakers at a Passport Mentoring conference in Toronto

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Kimmy’s MAP with Marsha Forest

The Waterloo Region Separate School Board implemented Inclusion – as in this MAP demonstration (circa 1985) facilitated by Marsha Forest with graphics by David Hasbury (30 minutes) PATH, MAPS & Circles of Friends Videos

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Facilitation for Inclusion: the MAPS Demonstration

The FACILITATION for INCLUSION, the MAPS Demonstration in one half of The PATH & MAPS DVD. It is a companion to our book,The PATH & MAPS HANDBOOK, Person-Centred Ways to Build Community. This video features Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn as they share their insights on the many subtle techniques of facilitation involved in a […]

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Facilitation for Inclusion: The PATH Demonstration

The FACILITATION for INCLUSION, the PATH Deomonstration in one hand of The PATH & MAPS DVD. It is a companion to our book,The PATH & MAPS HANDBOOK, Person-Centred Ways to Build Community. This video features Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn as they share their insights on the many subtle techniques of facilitation involved in a […]

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PATH in ACTION: Working with Groups

In Yellowknife, North West Territories, in 1998, Marsha Forest & Jack Pearpoint worked with the Yellowknife School Board – stay and students to think about the future of a new High School. PATH sessions were conducted with the students, then school administrators and teachers – and finally ‘combined; to negotiate a common vision. this demonstrated […]

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PATH Training – Joe’s PATH

The Original PATH Training video from Inclusion Press – with Jack Pearpoint & Marsha Forest facilitating a PATH for Joe with his family. Videoed in the lat e 1980’s some of the PATH conversations have matured with experience, but the fundamentals still apply. (33 minutes) PATH, MAPS & Circles of Friends Videos

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With a Little Help from My Friends – Marsha Forest

This vintage video – in three parts – demonstrates the work of including all students in the school system – in regular classrooms. Interviews with faculty, students – and the MAPS process in action make this video as relevant today as it was in 1988 when it was filmed with Marsha Forest, Fr. Patrick Mackan,Judith […]

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Kayden’s MAP

A mone minute slide show of six year old Kayden doing his MAP in Alaska PATH, MAPS & Circles of Friends Videos

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John McKnight: on Ivan Illich – Cincinnati – 2009

In April 2009, at Broadway United Church, Mike Mather welcomed John McKnight to reflect on his years of friendship and learning with Ivan Illich.(90 minutes) John McKnight: Videos, Articles, Books

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John McKnight: My Student – Barack Obama

John McKnight – co founder of the Asset Based Community Development movement once had a student – Barack Obama. Hear John tell the story – 7 minutes John McKnight: Videos, Articles, Books

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John McKnight: ABCD – Something more to Life than Consuming

John McKnight – consummate story-teller reminds us that the ‘system’ wants to convince us that they can ‘live your life for you’ with ‘more stuff’. Alternatively, WE ALL HAVE GIFTS. Gifts must be contributed. It isn’t about being a consumer – it is about being a citizen. John McKnight: Videos, Articles, Books

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Feeling at Home, in Our Own Home: Reconciling Indigenous Belonging: Jessica Bolduc

Jessica Bolduc is a dreamer, translator, edge walker, web weaver. Jess reminds us that the these lands have been the home of Indigenous people for at least 10,000 years. Jess reminds that Indigenous people have been systematically destroyed by colonial policies- assimilation policies – so we became refugees on our own land. A frank challenge […]

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Beth Mount Quilts at the Telfair Museum

Beth Mount’s spectacular quilts convey deep stories of inclusion. At the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Beth presents her quilts with many of the subjects of the stories present. Kenny’s Quilt is featured – the first time he was able to ‘see’ it…(6 minutes) Beth Mount Videos and Books

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Beth Mount – P4P – Real Live in the Community

Beth Mount talks (21 minutes) about working in NYC to create a change that would generate real lives of BELONGING in the Community. The work she describes focuses on the changes WE need to make in order to see and support the rich capacities that are always in a neighbourhood – in spite of the […]

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Beth Mount: Direct Support Professional as Artist

Beth Mount reminds us that a person who uses their head, their hand and their heart is an artist. Beth Mount Videos and Books

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Beth Mount: the Art of Person-Centered Work

Beth Mount reviews core assumptions about the fundamentals of Person Centered Planning – and Personal Futures Planning – 3 minutes Beth Mount Videos and books

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Building Community with Beth Mount

This animated film taken from our module ‘Building Friendships and Community’ features Beth Mount as she explores the question ‘What can people contribute to their communities?’ For more information visit www,openfuturelearning.org Beth Mount Videos and books

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Person-Centered vs System Centered – Beth Mount

In this film Beth Mount explains how Person-Centered work differs from System-Centered. Follow us: https://www.instagram.com/open_future… https://www.facebook.com/open.futurel… https://twitter.com/Open_Future System-centered planning comes from the idea that the people we support are defined and treated through the idea of what the system needs in order to run efficiently. The system believes it is their job to “fix” people […]

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Beth Mount – Beautiful Justice – TEDxCreativeCoast

Beautiful Justice Beth Mount, a Georgia native who now calls New York City home, sees art as the one true global language, transcending the ordinary and allowing us to imagine greater possibilities. She will share visual examples of personal and collective transformation through the power of art. Beth Mount, PhD A Georgia native now living […]

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Brad Goldman: RidingLIFE – Neighbours Inc.

Brad Goldman is a man with DRIVE. After living for most of the first 25 years of his life at Metheny Hospital and School in Peapack, NJ, he sought out the support of Neighbours Inc. to assist him in pursuing his vision of life as someone who had the power and authority to create life […]

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LearningTree House Concert – De’Amon Harges

The Learning Tree is an association of neighbors in Indianapolis, that specializes in Asset Based Community Development, learning and education that improves the quality of lives of people, communities, schools and businesses. We help gather people and listen to each other. We listen and share life stories. We dare to see the abundance of gifts […]

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David Pitonyak on…Being Needed By The Pack

David Pitonyak talks about the consequences of growing up with the identity of “needy”, and the importance of developing a practice of contributing, no matter what our “disabling conditions” might be. (8 minutes) David Pitonyak Web Page – Imagine

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David Pitonyak on…Being Hardwired For Belonging

David Pitonyak reflects on the “social brain”, being “hardwired for belonging” and the implications of loneliness and disconnection for people with disabilities. Dr. David Pitonyak consults and provides training nationally and internationally with individuals, families and professionals through his private practice called Imagine, which is dedicated to supporting people who experience disabilities and “difficult behaviors.” […]

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David Pitonyak on…Coverage Or Relationships?

David Pitonyak reflects on the difference between authentic relationships, and the system wide approach to providing “coverage”. Dr. David Pitonyak consults and provides training nationally and internationally with individuals, families and professionals through his private practice called Imagine, which is dedicated to supporting people who experience disabilities and “difficult behaviors.” (4 minutes) For more information […]

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Five Valued Experiences and the Five Accomplishments – John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien

John O’Brien and Connie Lyle-O’Brien have spent a lifetime moving our thinking about how people with developmental disabilities can be supported, shifting from institution and program centered life, to the person centered life of citizens contributing to the communities where people live. This video explores a framework for thinking that John and Connie began to […]

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The Complexity of Choice: John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien

Connie Lyle-O’Brien and John O’Brien explore the complexity of choice for people with developmental disabilities in the absence of a breadth of experience, and a strong network of relationships. (5 minutes) John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien: Books, Articles and Videos

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Beth Mount: Power in the Dark

Beth Mount invites us to “see in the dark.” Systems and structures make people invisible and limit their potential. Social isolation, loneliness, heartbreak, and blame make it still harder to see and to be seen. Yet with focused attention, we can see how and why dominant systems confine people to specialized and segregated routines and […]

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Five Ways to Go into the World – Tom Kohler

Tom Kohler has spent 40 years connecting citizens of Savannah, Georgia to one another. As Co-ordinator and Executive Director of Chatham-Savannah Citizen Advocacy has introduced people who have an established place in community to people with disabilities who have found themselves placed on the margins of community life. Together these people explore how their relationship […]

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PATH in Action – Working with Groups

The PATH process is powerful with individuals, organizations and groups. This 65 minute video demonstrates PATH with a school system in Yellowknife, North West Territories, working with both students and faculty. Facilitated by Marsha Forest and Jack Pearpoint, in 1998l PATH, MAPS & Circles of Friends Videos

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PATH Training – Joe’s PATH

The first PATH Training video featured Joe and his family exploring his future. Facilitated by Marsha Forest and Jack Pearpoint in 1994, the process has evolved, but the core facilitation skills remain. 33 minutes PATH, MAPS & Circles of Friends Videos

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Facilitation for Inclusion: the MAPS Demonstration

The FACILITATION for INCLUSION with PATH & MAPS DVD is a companion to our book, The PATH & MAPS HANDBOOK, Person-Centred Ways to Build Community. The DVD features Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn as they share their insights on the many subtle techniques of facilitation. The DVD has two components: • A demonstration MAP for […]

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Facilitation for Inclusion: the PATH Demonstration

The FACILITATION for INCLUSION with PATH & MAPS DVD is a companion to our book,The PATH & MAPS HANDBOOK, Person-Centred Ways to Build Community. – 33 minutes about the PATH process with SKETCH – an organization exploring the arts with street involved youth. Explanations with Lynda Kahn & Jack Pearpoint PATH, MAPS & Circles of […]

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Leslie’s PATH

This lovely 3 minute clip scans the PATH process with Lesley, and more important, the followup – as her life flourished and her engagement expanded dramatically (2010) PATH, MAPS & Circles of Friends Videos

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TSI 2017 – The Toronto Summer Institute

For more than 30 years the Summer Institute has gathered people, from around the world. People who care about the creation of inclusive communities, come together in dialogue, learning, story telling, and celebration of the potential of everyone to contribute gifts that make a difference. 10 minutes. Created by Neighbours International and Inclusion Press Additional […]

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The Toronto Summer Institute 2018: Building A Bigger WE

The 34th Toronto Summer Institute — a celebration of learning about community, diversity and inclusion. The theme for this year was “Building A Bigger WE”. It was a rich exploration of our connectedness across issues, groups, nations, and geography. In a time of divisiveness, there is a need for finding what binds us together. 13 […]

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Judith Snow – at TSI 2014

Judith Snow – at the opening of the Toronto Summer Institute 2014 – Judith thinking about inclusion, diversity and giftedness – 20 minutes Judith Snow Books, Articles and Videos

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Judith Snow- Remembering Peter Dlll

Judith Snow – Remembering Peter Dill – is a talk Judith delivered on April 3, 2014 – at the Common Threads conference in Toronto. A powerful remembrance of what is important – Listen, Listen, Listen; Dream, Dream, Dream. 17 minutes Paragraph Judith Snow Books, Articles and Videos

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Judith Snow – On Dreaming

In 10 remarkable minutes, Judith Snow explains the nature of real listening – and the power of dreaming in terms that we can all understand – and thus appreciate her wisdom and clarity. Judith Snow Books, Articles and Videos

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Judith Snow – How I Live – 1982 (TVO)

In 1982, Judith Snow made this video with TVO – in order to enable the possibility of living independently in the community – decades before most people could imagine the possibility – they had to see it. Judith was always ahead – and willing to step up – and step out for others. 15 minutes […]

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Judith Snow – Not One of the Crowd

Judith Snow opened doors of possibility by ‘showing’ her life – putting herself on display – so people could begin to imagine the possibility of living full lives in the community. This TVO special was president setting in 1981 – and still is… – 28 minutes Judith Snow Books, Articles and Videos

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Judith Snow – On Being an Artist

Judith Snow talks about the power of becoming an artist. . Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum. 2.6 minutes Judith Snow Books, Articles and Videos JUDITH SNOW Bundle$40.00Add to cart Who’s Drawing the Lines?$20.00Add to cart Judith Snow Poster$5.00Add to cart Great Questions: Writings of Judith Snow – eBook$0.00Add to cart NOW IN ONE BOOK: […]

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Judith Snow. A Poem

Judith Snow. A Poem. You will never walk. 1 minute Judith Snow Books, Articles and Videos

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Judith Snow. A Story. When I was about six

Judith Snow tells a powerful story about a conversation with her father when she was small. A challenge for of us to face big questions for life. Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum. Judith Snow Inclusion Judith Snow Books, Articles and Videos

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TASH contribution to person-centered planning – O’Brien – 2015

TASH contribution to person-centered planning TASH and person-centered work grew up together, taking shape in the late 1970’s, growing in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and adapting to the changes in the political-economic environment and shifts in system demands in the new century. O’Brien describes person-centered work and reflects on what TASH has given to practitioners […]

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What more is Possible? O’Brien & Mount

Download: What more is Possible? O’Brien & Mount explore the key question: “What more is possible?” Holding this question in a useful way makes room for the uncertainty that goes with a process of discovery, emergence and iterative design. Predictors shift from judgements about the effects of a person’s impairments on their potential achievements to […]

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SSR: Supporting Social Roles – John O’Brien

Download: SSR: Supporting Social Roles SSR: Supporting Social Roles: A Second Bottom Line for Services to People with Developmental DisabilitiesA systematic approach to reviewing where we are in our support to people – by outlining an indepth review process that helps us understand where we can be better in our organizations A Selection of O’Brien […]

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Nobody Outruns the Trickster – John O’Brien

Download: Nobody Outruns the Trickster O’Brien, J. (1994). Nobody Outruns The Trickster: A Brief Note On The Meaning Of The Word “Valorization.” SRV-VRS: The International Social Role Valorization Journal, 1 (2), 34-35.  A Selection of O’Brien Books, Articles and Videos A Selection of O’Brien VIDEOS John O’Brien Audio clips

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LISTENING CHECK – John O’Brien

Download: Listening Check This two page ‘chart’ is a visual check on ‘how we listen’ – since Listening is a core skill we all need to practice. A Selection of O’Brien Books, Articles and Videos A Selection of O’Brien VIDEOS John O’Brien Audio clips

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Have-to-Plans or Want-to-Plans – John O’Brien

Download: Have-to-Plans or Want-to-Plans A good Want-to-plan supports discovery of possibilities and life direction and mobilizes a person’s allies at important moments in their lives. A good Have-to plan gives a person effective control of the Medicaid waiver funded assistance they rely on. Committed and skilled facilitators with the time necessary to prepare and follow-up […]

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Everyday Lives – John O’Brien & Herb Lovett – 1992

Download: Everyday Lives – 1992 John O’Brien and Herb Lovett describe the foundation of person-centered planning and its potential for creating a better future for people and for influencing change. It also addresses controversies and fears associated with this new approach. While person-centered planning is regarded as a new idea, it springs from our basic […]

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Common Threads: Changing Stories & Stories of Change (OIFN)

Download: Common Threads  Reflections on Common Threads, CHANGING STORIES … STORIES OF CHANGE – a report by john O’BrienA conference on Independent Facilitation sponsored byThe Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN) reflecting the history of OIFN – and the challenges and opportunities ahead. – 17 November 2016 A Selection of O’Brien Books, Articles and Videos A […]

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Basic Tasks for Providers – John O’Brien

Download: Basic Tasks for Providers  Service providers who want to make a positive difference in the lives of the people they assist will commit themselves to continual improvement in their capacity to perform five basic tasks outlined in this short reminder article A Selection of O’Brien Books, Articles and Videos A Selection of O’Brien VIDEOS […]

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Where do I stand? Afterthoughts – John O’Brien

Download: Where do I Stand? Afterthoughts In Challenging Times, we must slow down and do what ir right – regardless. The steps we can actually take may be frustratingly slow. painfully small, and compromise much that we would wish for, but we can find meaningful next steps if we stay open to where we are […]

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Creating Blue Space – Hanns Meissner

Creating Blue Space snapshot Hanns Meissner was the director of The Arc of Rensselaer County in Eastern New York State for 25 years.  It was a ‘legacy’ agency with all the traditional approaches.  But Hanns had a relentless commitment to create enough blue space to create innovative ways to support individuals with developmental disabilities to flourish in […]

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On Wolfensberger’s contribution to Advocacy Systems

DOWNLOAD – O’Brien’s article on Wolfensberger’s Contribution to Advocacy Systems The decade that began in 1967 saw exceptional growth in local services for people then identified as “mentally retarded”. Wolf Wolfensberger influenced this critical period by producing and promulgating a comprehensive set of guiding patterns: a definition of the principle of normalization fit for the […]

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Walk Out Walk On – John O’Brien

Walk-Out-Walk-On-DOWNLOAD If you want to walk fast, walk alone.If you want to walk far, walk together. – African Proverb This powerful essay/presentation outlines O’Briens understanding of the challenges we all face to create a world where everyone’s gifts are welcomed in full participation the community. It’s time to walk out – and walk on to […]

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Critical Friends – Heather Simmons & Kate Fulton

Kate Fulton and Heather Simmons have been in conversation for years – about the complexity of Person-Centred Planning – and how it is simultaneously simple and extraordinarily complex. They are exploring the notion of ‘Critical Friend’ as a working title for their exploration. Listen in… Heather is a brilliant written, presenter and a crisp clear […]

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PlayFair Teams – Jack Pearpoint

Jack Pearpoint & Gary Bunch in turn discuss their philosophy of Inclusion, and why relationships are critical to combating loneliness. Playfair Teams is one of a family of strategies that has the capacity to build friendships and networks. It is a challenge to exclusion and isolation. Combating sexism and racism continue to be big challenges; […]

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PlayFair Teams – Gary Bunch

PlayFair Teams is an ‘inclusion club’ for schools based on equity for all. A creation of Gary Bunch, the model program encourages students to self select (ANY and ALL students) into a club where they create their own learnings – including a performance about their own learning about the deeper meaning of inclusion, equity and […]

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PlayFair Teams

PLAYFAIR TEAMS is a program that encourages general student awareness of issues related to disability, inclusion and social justice. The video includes examples of students engaged in Playfair activities.  6 minutes Productions Parashoot           Playfair Teams            Inclusion Activities                 Gary Bunch          Jack Pearpoint       Sep 14, 2010 Gary Bunch Collection

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Gary Bunch NSPU Russian Presentation.2016

Gary Bunch has been collaborating and visiting Russian Universities to assist in planning for inclusive education. This talk is the opening presentation to the Novosibirsk Scientific Pedagogical University, (NSPU) on Nov. 8.2016. He discusses his observations visiting a variety of educational programs around the world and the various levels of progress in building inclusive communities. […]

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Values of Inclusion – Heather Simmons

The Values of Inclusion is a brilliant short talk by Heather Simmons outlining 10 key ideas that crystallize our understanding of the deep meanings of Person-Centered Planning and what it will take for us to live together in an inclusive society. Includes “Every One is Born “In”, All means All, Everyone Needs to be “In”, […]

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Room For All

A video highlighting the Inclusive philosophy of education for all students, including “high needs” students, created by the Ontario Catholic Teachers Association that features interviews with teachers, students, volunteers, Jim Hansen, Phil Di Francesco and more. From the early 1980s. OCTA  Jim Hansen                 Phil Di Francesco                   Educational Philosophy Educational Archive: Each Belongs – Jim Hansen and Colleagues […]

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Inspiration – John O’Brien

John O’Brien – a 1 minute clip reflecting on where change happens – at the edge – when people have the courage to confront the social pressures of exclusion – and explore possible futures. (clip used with permission fro Citizen-Centered Leadership at Cornell University.) MORE Books & Articles by John John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien

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Gerv Leyden – Inclusive Education Works

Gerv Leyden is an educational psychologist and a special lecturer at the University of Nottingham. He challenges the use of traditional psychometric ‘testing’ to label students permanently rather than as a diagnostic tool to support their learning. He praises the Hamilton Wentworth Separate School Board for their pioneering work in Inclusion.  Gerv Leyden              Diagnostic testing       Education       Hamilton-Wentworth Separate  […]

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Gerv Leyden – Reflections on different approaches to special education in Great Britain and Hamilton Wentworth Separate School Board

Reflections on his background and his training in child psychology and the historical problems associated with special education in British schools followed by his experiences of inclusion practices in the Hamilton Wentworth Separate School Board. Gerv Leyden              Special Education                  Great Britain                            Hamilton Wentworth Separate School Board Oct. Gerv Leyden’s Writings…. Gerv Leyden Videos plus

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Creating Change – Changing Expectations – Beth Mount & Connie Lyle O’Brien

Beth Mount and Connie Lyle O’Brien reflect on lessons learned from the early days of moving from congregated institutional models of support to individual person centered ways of supporting people with developmental disabilities. (courtesy of Neighbours International) Books, Videos & Articles by John John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien Beth Mount Books & Videos

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Practices of Exclusion – John O’Brien

John O’Brien – a 30 second clip of deep wisdom about the practices of exclusion and underestimation of capacity are generated by discrimination against people with disabilities. (clip used with permission fro Citizen-Centered Leadership at Cornell University.) Books & Articles by John John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien

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The Complexity of Choice – John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien

Connie Lyle-O’Brien and John O’Brien explore the  complexity of choice for people with developmental disabilities in the absence of a breadth of experience, and a strong network of relationships.  (courtesy of Neighbours International) (5 minutes) Books & Articles by John John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien

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Each Belongs – a Celebration of 30 Years of Inclusion – HRCSB

This contains a series of video talks introduced by the retired Superintendant of Special Education with the Halton Regional Catholic School Board, Jim Hansen. Starting in the 1970s, public education at HRCSB was made available to all and since then the number of special needs children, including those with developmental issues and with autism has […]

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Jean Vanier – What does it mean to be fully human? Templeton Prize – 2015

The 2015 Templeton Prize Laureate, Jean Vanier, speaks on the Big Question: “What does it mean to be fully human?” Ideas covered include – the importance of human community, accepting our personal fragility, learning to balance aspects of the Heart and the Head, the need for love to give consistency to our lives, the importance […]

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Jean Vanier – The intellectually disadvantaged can teach us about freedom

May 23, 2015              from Rome Reports  – 3 minutes The 2015 Templeton Prize was recently awarded to Jean Vanier, who founded L’Arche in 1964. His organization provides homes and support programs for people with intellectual disabilities. During the ceremony on May 18th, Vanier explains the importance of community in creating a mission for people by helping […]

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Marsha Forest – Segregation is Apartheid – CBC – a selection of powerful clips

A number of clips illustrating that the “legalized” segregation of, and fear of children who have been labelled as handicapped creates an environment precluding any normal personal relationships that could and should have been created simply through their inclusion in community and school. These 5 minute s feature extraordinary glimpses of remarkable leaders and advocates […]

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Marsha Forest – Clips at a Celebratory Event

This mini selection featuring Marsha Forest’s work and ideas was part of an attempt to create a community based facility for ‘all’. The proposal for the Marsha Forest Marsha Forest Learning Institute did not come to fruition, but the Marsha Forest Centre continues to honour her life work. This short 5 minute clip honours her many […]

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5 Valued Experiences & the 5 Accomplishments – John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien

John O’Brien and Connie Lyle-O’Brien have spent a lifetime moving our thinking about how people with developmental disabilities can be supported, shifting from institution and program centered life, to the person centered life of citizens contributing to the communities where people live. This video explores a framework for thinking that John and Connie began to […]

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