18 October 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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Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities
by John Lord and Peggy Hutchison

Captus Press, ISBN 978-1-55322-165-4 (2007)
Approx. 270 pages, 500 g, 6 X 9, $29.50 (US$26.75)

Reviewed for us by J. Edward McCartney, who is concerned with autism and mental health issues, and is a board member and volunteer with Guelph Services for the Autistic.
Click to read the review



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Saturday October 20, 2007, 10am to 5pm, in Pickering
Families for a Secure Future Leadership Series
Workshop Facilitator: Judith McGill
Durham REGION- Rougemont Co-op, 400 KINGSTON RD, Pickering
Having some form of Individualized Funding (including SSAH) can be extremely helpful in building a meaningful life for you or your son or daughter.  Support Workers are critical to making good things happen.  They can play a significant role in moving one’s life forward and helping you or your loved one to feel that they have access to the “good life”.
That is why it is important to take time to reflect on finding the “right match” between your needs or your son/daughter’s needs, the candidate and the job. When there is not a good match and the staff is not working out it can create a lot of turmoil in your family. The interview process can help you to screen out unsuitable candidates.  It can be designed to assist you to learn a lot about the candidate during the interview process before making a hiring commitment.
Click for more information and to register

October 25-26, 2007, 9am to 4pm, in Guelph (Orchard Park)
Facilitation Workshop: Building a New Story
A New Story across Canada involves the creation of individualized supports
and strengthening communities through the presence and participation of all citizens.
Led by John Lord and Charlotte Dingwall
whose approach to training recognizes that
all of us can benefit from the skills of listening, planning, group work, collaboration and
--the essence of facilitation.
Click for brochure and registration form
Relevant to this workshop

October 26, 2007, in Waterloo
3rd Annual “Learning Outside the Box” conference
Shifting the Mindset: Enhancing Potential for the ASD Learner

Opening Address
Key Issues Facing Educators and Families of the ASD Learner
with Margaret Spoelstra - Executive Director - Autism Ontario
Keynote Presentation
Essential Elements of Positive Practice
with Leslie Broun - Autism Education Specialist - Geneva Center for Autism
Click for full conference details

Note: PLAN offers additional online courses for November and December.
Weaving the Ties That Bind: online course on facilitating social support networks
offered by PLAN Institute for Caring Citizenship

Facilitated social support networks are an effective way to address the isolation and loneliness of many people living on the margins of our society. These networks (also known as “circles of friends”) are proven to contribute to the health, safety and well being of individuals who are vulnerable as a result of age, disability or social circumstance. Self-paced--approx 20-25 hours.

Click for details. Please contact Helena at to register or for further information. Alternatively call Helena at 604.439.9566. Download a registration form here.

November 8, 2007, in Waterloo
Dimensions of Suicide - Exploring Cause and Effect
4th Annual Conference

To obtain a brochure with full details, please contact Pualine Potzold,
and also ask her about Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST workshops in 2007-8:
Pauline Potzold, RN., C.P.M.H.N. (C)
Community Liaison & Education Facilitator,
Grand River Hospital
Psychiatric & Mental Health Program

P.O.Box 9056, 835 King Street West,
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 1G3
Phone:   519-749-4300 Ext. 2333
Fax: 519-749-4301

November 10, 2007, 9:30-11:30 am, in Kitchener
Planned Lifetime Networks Fall 2007 Workshops

Speaker: Fatima DaSilva
Click for flyer with more details; pre-registration necessary and donations welcome.

November 15-16, 2007, in Trenton
Advocates for Community Education (A.C.E.)
4th Annual Self-Advocates Conference
Keynote Speaker: Dave Hingsburger
Click for full details
Contact: Angela Clarke, Outcome Support Facilitator
phone 613.475.5557
fax   613.475.9854


November 17, 2007 in Toronto
Integration Action for Inclusion conference
"Putting Inclusion into Action"
A conference for people who care about inclusion in school and community
Harbourfront Community Centre
Click for brochure

November 17, 2007, 9:30-11:30, in Kitchener
Planned Lifetime Networks Fall 2007 Workshops
Speaker: Peter Brennan of Amy, Appleby and Brennan
Click for flyer with more details; pre-registration necessary and donations welcome

November 24, 2007, 9:30-11:30 am
Planned Lifetime Networks Fall 2007 Workshops
PLANNED LIFETIME NETWORKS: What are networks? How do they work? How do my family and the focus person benefit? 
DISABILITY SAVINGS PLANS – 2008?: What will it look like? How will my family and the focus person benefit? When will it be available?
PASSPORT: What is it? How do I access it for my focus person?
Speakers:  A Panel of Family Members, Focus Persons and Community Members
Click for flyer with more details; pre-registration necessary and donations welcome

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
Click for more information




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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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

Previous Creative Supports bulletins may be found by clicking on the following links:

August 20, 2007
August 9, 2007
July 14, 2007
June 26, 2007
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
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 

Gerald & Elizabeth Bloomfield
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
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