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Citizenship / Self-Determination in Canada Video

John Lord, Founder of the Centre for Community Based Research, discusses Canada’s existing policy and practice framework for individualized funding for people with disabilities and highlights pockets of excellence that show promise for the future.

Independent Facilitation Video

John Lord describes Independent Facilitation as part of the Citizenship Conference in Vancouver in October, 2015

Belonging Lens

This Belonging Lens was presented at the New Story Group on Waterloo Region on October 15, 2013. The event was part of a two part series called Building a Community of Belonging: It Starts with Conversation.

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Enhancing Social Inclusion

MAY 22 Inclusion PRESENTATION [Compatibility Mode]  Enhancing Social Inclusion.  A keynote address of the key elements that enhance social inclusion.
John identifies three key elements; the right values and principles, the right intentions and strategies, and the right facilitation. These ideas are grounded in the New Story and challenges us to think intentionally and critically about how to build inclusive communities.

Facilitating an Everyday Life

Independent Facilitation and what really matters in a New Story

Independent facilitation frees facilitators to be dedicated to citizens who experience vulnerability because of labels, disability, chronic illness, poverty, or aging. Facilitators are independent of biases from others such as service systems and funding bodies.

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Independent facilitation puts belief and hope in community because that is where relationships and safeguards play out for all of us.

Independent facilitation builds resilience and capacity in individuals, families, and communities.

Independent facilitation flourishes when it is embedded in community, in facilitator networks, and is supported by local action and government policy.

This book is for people like us, people who want to make a difference, who want to feel free to be dedicated to a person; to citizens who experience vulnerability. People who want to use an effective process that is a change maker. Independent facilitation is an emerging craft. Facilitators in the New Story believe that community is always the answer. We reject approaches that do not lead people to relationships in their community. And while independent facilitation may touch the service system to access supports for a person, it is independent of agendas, expectations, and accountabilities of service systems.
John, Barbara & Charlotte

Pathways to Inclusion, 2e

This book is an examination of various perspectives on disability that provide insightful discussion on the current need for social innovation to move vulnerable citizens from areas of exclusion to social inclusion. It offers a straightforward approach to addressing the organizational strategies that have been used in the past and highlighting areas for change.

2nd Edition can be purchased here.

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Fifty Years of Community Living

This summary of John Lord’s reflections was given at the closing plenary at the 50th Anniversary Conference of the Canadian Association for Community Living in Ottawa .  November 2008

Individualized Funding in Ontario: Report of a Provincial Study

This article appeared in the  Journal on Developmental Disabilities Communicator, Volume 14, No.2,  2008

The Evolution of Community Supports: Sorting Out What Really Works!

Keynote Address to Community Living Ontario, 50th Anniversary Conference, Nov. 2003