John O’Brien Videos II

5 Valued Experiences & the 5 AccomplishmentsJohn 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 develop more than 40 years ago, incorporating the five valued experiences and the five accomplishments that can shape the intent, focus, and delivery of support.

Practices of Exclusion

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.)


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.)

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)

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 & Articles by John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien