CREATIVE SUPPORTS FOR VULNERABLE CITIZENS
 
18 April 2007
An electronic bulletin for adults who are vulnerable because of disability
and for their families, friends and supporters who care about them

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This bulletin is for everyone who is vulnerable because of any kind of disability, and for their families, friends and supporters. We can share dilemmas and difficulties as well as bright ideas and successes. There are announcements of events and special projects, discussions of issues and concerns, and links to useful books, websites and other resources. Our focus is mainly on Ontario, but we have wider contacts as well.

You are receiving this bulletin because you attended the Guelph Spring Conference on Creative Supports in April 2005 or expressed interest in resources coming out of that conference. Or you may have been a member of our PLN Listserv, for people concerned with Personal Support Networks. Or someone on the List has suggested that you could be interested. We hope you will continue on the Aroha Listserv, recommend it to others, and contribute news and ideas that we may share. Please click for a technical note on how to maintain your membership of the Aroha Listserv and how to unsubscribe if you wish.

Please send news, announcements and comments to gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca We welcome news items, announcements of events, new information, discussion questions and comments, and accounts of experience.

The Aroha Listserv and Creative Supports Bulletin are linked to the OAARSN website (Ontario Adult Autism Research & Support Network) which is hosted at the University of Guelph. Click to reach OAARSN's main page 

It is usually possible to learn more about each item by clicking on the live link (underlined).

Please note that we (or OAARSN or the University of Guelph) do not necessarily endorse announcements or opinions that may be posted in this bulletin.. We will make reasonable efforts to check sources.

Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Previous Creative Supports bulletins may be found by clicking on the following links:
March 3, 2007
February 20, 2007
January 30, 2007
January 18, 2007
December 26, 2006
November 20, 2006
November 7, 2006
November 1, 2006
October 7, 2006
July 2, 2006
June 28, 2006
May 20, 2006
May 14, 2006
April 2, 2006
March 20, 2006
February 16, 2006
February 10, 2006
February 4, 2006
January 18, 2006
November 12, 2005
October 10, 2005
September 18, 2005
August 15, 2005
August 1, 2005
July 6, 2005

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SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS

Spark of Brilliance Spring and Summer Schedule
Click for details of various events in Guelph, Fergus, Elora, Orangeville
devoted to "recovery through the arts."
Read Spark Plug, the Spark of Brilliance newsletter in which content is being added continuously.




The Julien Project of Horticultural Therapy is being launched this Spring in Guelph,
at Ignatius Centre/Orchard Park in the "Courtyard" at 5420 Highway 6 North, R.R.#5,
Guelph.
 
It is led by Founder Sharon Stewart, Horticulture Therapist and Registered Nurse, and inspired by the THRIVE,
UK model (www.thrive.org.uk)
Other Community Partners are:
Spark of Brilliance
Homewood Health Centre ("Healthy Lifestyles Program)
Ignatius College
Carrot Cache Community Resource Inc (Carrot Common) in Toronto
CIBC Wood Gundy
Vision TV/Recreating Eden (The Julien Project has been chosen as one of only three in Canada to take part in their “Recreating Eden” initiative.
Guelph Services for Adults with Autism (Bridges and ACES groups)
and others who are coming on stream as we move forward
 
This project is open to people who are living with physical disabilities, mental health issues, and other life challenges.
Groups and Individuals will attend at the site, work the land, plant, cultivate and harvest the crops, and use the yield for food preparation (at home), horticulture workshops, and creative activities.
Volunteers will assist the gardeners, as well as the therapists, social workers, care providers, etc., affiliated with the group in attendance.
 
You are invited to learn more about this new, exciting initiative, including how your group, and/or the folks you support can access this program. Please contact Sharon Stewart at sharonstewart@sympatico.ca  or
Judith Rosenberg at rosenbergj@cmhagrb.on.ca
 
Volunteers Welcome!
The Julien Project—“using  gardening to enrich lives” seeks volunteers for the season from May to November 2007, to work in a Barrier Free Garden Setting with Persons with a disability or disadvantaged populations, under the guidance of a horticultural therapist. Based on the THRIVE model, UK,
Includes open, seasonal garden projects, special events and workshops


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ANNOUNCEMENTS OF SOME EVENTS


April 21, 2007,  9:30am to noon, in Kitchener
Capacity, Guardianship and Decision Making
Offered by Planned Lifetime Networks
Click on title for more details


April 25, at 7pm, in Kitchener
Magnificent Moms: Amy Baskin on Keeping Strong, Sane and Connected

Kitchener Public Library
Please click on title for more


Wednesday, April 25 from 12:00-1:00pm (PST)
To help you in planning a safe and secure future for your relative,
PLAN offers a variety of seminars and workshops on topics of interest to families.

Planning to Secure a Good Life NEW! TELELEARNING!
Planning for the future changes the present. Your relative with a disability may need your assistance to secure the foundations of a ‘good life’. Join us for a 1-hour tele-learning conversation that will explore the various aspects of a good life: loving relationships, financial security, safe and secure housing, a caring network of friends and family, and the opportunity to contribute to society. During this interactive session, we will discuss the importance of having a vision for a good life and the specific steps needed to achieve it. This workshop is available from anywhere by telephone. Registration includes a copy of the bestseller, A Good Life (value: $39.95).
Cost: $30.00
Registration is required. For more information or to register by phone: call the PLAN office at: 604.439.9566 or by email: inquiries@plan.ca To register online click here
Visit PLAN's website



Saturday April 28, 2007
, 9:30 am–3:45 pm
Family Alliance Ontario Annual Conference 
Organizing Differently:  Circles and Not-for-profit Societies       
Location: McMaster University
Keynote Speaker: Susannah Joyce
Morning Presentation: "The Potential of Relationship: 3 Working Circles explain why they place their hope in people and why a circle of support is a good way to hold people together."
Afternoon Presentation: “Andrew’s Aroha” by the Bloomfield family of Guelph.
Andrew's Aroha is a legally incorporated entity (microboard) to flow individualized funds to and sustain high quality of life of persons with disabilities, supported by their family and friends.

Cost: $30.00 per person/$40.00 per family
Register through Hamilton Family Network  Click for flyer with more details




May 4-5, 2007, in Mississauga
Connections 2007: Resource Fair for Persons with Disabilities
Click for full details



Saturday May 5th 2007
St Lawrence College: Kingston Campus
Strong Leadership
A Conference for
Non-Profit Volunteer Board Members & Leadership Volunteers

Click on title for brochure & registration form



Saturday May 26, 2007

Stand Up For Mental Health - with "The Happy Neurotic" David Granier, and the Spark of Brilliance Comedy Players, will appear at The Guelph Youth Music Centre, in Guelph.
YOU WILL LAUGH, CRY, AND LEARN that folks with mental health issues
can become talented stand up comics with an important message! 
Please share the attached flyer with your friends, family and colleagues.
This is an event not to be missed! 
If you did not have the opportunity to purchase David's book "The Happy Neurotic" at the Bookshelf launch of Stand Up For Mental Health in March, there will be copies for sale!


May 8, 2007, in Oakville
Halton Accessibility Showcase 2007

Resource Fair featuring programs and services for persons with special needs of all ages.
Click for full details



May 14-15, 2007, in Ottawa

Fourth International Conference on Social Role Valorization:
Crafting Valued Social Roles

Click for conference information
Click for registration details



Wednesday, May 23 from 12:00-1:00 (PST)
To help you in planning a safe and secure future for your relative,
PLAN offers a variety of seminars and workshops on topics of interest to families.

Planning to Secure a Good Life NEW! TELELEARNING!
Planning for the future changes the present. Your relative with a disability may need your assistance to secure the foundations of a ‘good life’. Join us for a 1-hour tele-learning conversation that will explore the various aspects of a good life: loving relationships, financial security, safe and secure housing, a caring network of friends and family, and the opportunity to contribute to society. During this interactive session, we will discuss the importance of having a vision for a good life and the specific steps needed to achieve it. This workshop is available from anywhere by telephone. Registration includes a copy of the bestseller, A Good Life (value: $39.95).
Cost: $30.00
Registration is required. For more information or to register by phone: call the PLAN office at: 604.439.9566 or by email: inquiries@plan.ca To register online click here
Visit PLAN's website



May 23 – 27, 2007
, Sheraton Centre Toronto

2nd International Come To Your Senses Conference

Opening the Sensory World to Children & Adults with Complex Disabilities

Register now at http://www.sensoryconference.ca/


June 15 & 16, 2007
2007 Autism Spectrum Disorders Conference
Acceptance and Opportunities: See the Potential

A conference that will explore best practices and approaches for increasing quality of life, opportunities and independence. Save the Date! Friday, June 15 & Saturday, June 16, 2007 Toronto, Ontario
Member and Early Bird Registration discounts are available.
Keep an eye on www.autismontario.com for more information.


Toronto Summer Institute - July 7-12, 2007
Toronto Summer Institute on Inclusion, Community and Diversity is filling quickly. You would be joining a diverse international collaboration including people from Australia, New Zealand, a team from the Netherlands, Germany, Scotland, England, United States and Canada (so far). We have younger people, and some of us, not so young except in spirit. Tom Kohler from Savannah, who will be there this year, says he's just coming to think. You could join him. Whatever your approach to learning, you will be included - but first, you have to 'show up.Click for more...

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FROM THE FRONT LINES:
CALLING FOR HELP AND SHARING EXPERIENCES


We know that some vulnerable adults and their families and caregivers are heroically using what resources they have to achieve some successes with their challenges. Some can report remarkable progress. We invite you to share your challenges, dreams and success stories, if you think others might help or benefit.
If you wish, we will not publish your name or email address. You may send a message to gbloomfi@uoguelph.ca




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