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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