This article was published in the Disability Studies Quarterly, Volume 28, No 1, Winter 2008
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This paper summarizes why the expansion of autonomous family groups and networks is a promising development. It also outlines how progressive service providers understand this change and are nurturing the development of autonomous family groups and networks. June 2007
PDF of Power Point Presentation made at “Freedom, Reconciliation, and Community Living for All; A Forum on Deinstitutionalization”, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan May 3, 2007.
This is a comprehensive study of how four projects across Ontario are providing supports to people with disabilities in a unique and personalized fashion. This research study was commissioned by The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario and submitted by the Coalition to the Ministry of Community and Social Services on April 7, 2006.
Power Point Presentation made to Common Threads; National Conference of the Canadian Down Syndrome Society, May 14, 2005 –Four Key Things Enabling Families to Create Homes: Intention & Understanding; Strong Support Network/Circle; Independent Facilitation & Planning; Flexible or Individualized Funding.
Keynote Address given at Creative Supports for Vulnerable Adults Conference, Guelph, Apr. 2005.
Ensuring quality requires a multifaceted approach. The development of this initial framework for quality assurance begins with these four assumptions supported by research and everyday practice:
- Vulnerable people often feel powerless.
- People with disabilities are often isolated.
- Each person has his/her own unique strengths and needs.
- Enhancing quality is more about the personal values and principles.
Therefore anything that can be done to empower the individual, provide for optimum participation in community according to the individual’s strengths and needs, based on values and principles will increase the quality of life for vulnerable people. Mar. 2005
Commentary published on Community Living Leaders, Nov. 1, 2004.