26 June 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.

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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 

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Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Previous Creative Supports bulletins may be found by clicking on the following links:
May 10, 2007
April 18, 2007
April 12, 2007
March 22, 2007
March 3, 2007
February 20, 2007
January 30, 2007
January 18, 2007
December 26, 2006
November 20, 2006
November 7, 2006
November 1, 2006
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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



"Re-inventing Community Supports" was the theme of Community Living Ontario’s 54th annual Conference, held recently in Toronto in conjunction with the Canadian Association for Community Living. One session was on "Friendship Makes The World Go Round which featured a presentation on the life of Rebecca Beayni. Taking part in this gave Richard Larder the idea of sharing his friendship with George Dalzell.  These two stories illustrates how we all contribute to our communities by being ourselves, and also the precious gift of unconditional friendship.

Rebecca Beayni announces her new website welcomes visitors to actively participate in the website by viewing clips of the film, Revel in the Light, reading posted articles, reflecting on discussion questions, and exploring links which share a similar purpose and value base.  Rebecca’s life work offers a glimpse of what is possible when people find the space to ‘dream big enough’.  Her website intends to provoke thoughtful discussion focusing on a variety of issues including citizenship, community building, and (dis)ability.

Celebrating George's Life
Richard Larder, Instructor in Human Services at the New Brunswick Community College in Saint John, was a friend for 12 years of George Dalzell. Both were members of the New Dawn L’Arche Community, George’s home after 35 years in a provincial institution. George died in May 2007 at the age of 68, after declining treatment for cancer. “He had the wonderful gifts of thankfulness and encouragement to others which he so generously gave freely by just being himself,” writes Rick, who gave the eulogy at George's funeral service.
Click to read George was a Good Man

Healthy Communities:  Creating Capacity for Change
Windsor-Essex Brokerage for Personal Supports; the Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario; Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy; Community Living Windsor; Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement and Community Living Huntsville are working together!
This collaborative of organizations, formed out of a shared commitment to supporting, promoting, and enhancing the leadership and capacity of people with disabilities, families, friends, and community systems and supports has been awarded a Trillium Foundation Grant of $286,600.00 over three years.  This grant will be used to develop communication tools, plans, and the expertise to empower people who have a disability, and their families/networks to direct their own lives and live as healthy, participating, contributing citizens.
Increasing awareness and education around the tools needed and facilitating the creation of community support systems will:
·                            lead to individual and community health and well-being
·                            result in the broader community developing new skills, experiences and relationships
·                            optimize the possibilities and opportunities in each community and beyond
The direct benefit is to people with disabilities, their families and those they trust. The organizations from each region will learn from each other as no one organization or community within the project has all the answers. However, together they hold the vision.



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 Main Speakers and Topics of Event 
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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...


Looking 2008

May 27-29, 2008, in Detroit
“Everyday Freedoms”
International Conference of Center for Self-Determination
”Cutting Edge in a City with an Edge”
Detroit Marriott, Renaissance Center, Detroit, USA
Conference Highlights:
§                            Discussions about meaningful lives, real freedom,
§                            Community membership, income asset & development
§                            Aging with dignity & freedom
§                            Recovery in the context of self-determination
§                            Families truly supported to best assist in developing self-determined lives
§                            International perspectives on these issues as well as discussions of what system change requirements are needed: what works and what interferes
For more information, please visit
Catch up on the latest Center news with the May 2007 e-newletter.



Facilitation Leadership Group
John Lord and Charlotte Dingwall are partners in this enterprise.
They conduct training events on facilitation around Ontario.
They focus on guiding people to be reflective facilitators of what we call the New Story of disability and community.

Facilitators receive resources and training to support self-determination, citizenship, network building, and other key principles of the New Story. They learn how good facilitation can empower individuals and can also engage communities. Further information on the New Story is also available on my web site

Keep up with news of the Ottawa-based Families Matter Co-operative's Dare to Care initiative.
In April-May, we publicized this and various organizations expressed support.
Visit the Families Matter Co-op website at
for the link to a news story about Dare to Care: "Heartbreak, chaos and hope" by Janice Kenney, in the Ottawa Citizen June 3 2007
Browse the website for monthly newsletters and other news.

Keep in touch with the creative initiatives of PLAN
News, events, newsletters, links....



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.
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