SUPPORTS FOR VULNERABLE CITIZENS
5 February 2008
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VULNERABLE CITIZENS, 5 February 2008
who are vulnerable because of disability and for their families,
supporters who care about them.
Sunday and International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger's
Syndrome on 10 February Ivan Corea, head of Autism
Awareness Campaign UK, urges churches to
speak out on the needs of people with Asperger's Syndrome and
autism. There are around 60 million people with autism around the world
over 500,000 people affected in the United Kingdom, say health
Adults with Autism: I exist! Thinking
Differently, the current effort in the UK to draw attention to adults
launches a new phase today. Click
on the link above to
explore what it means... Autism
also affects adults.
Most are isolated and ignored.
Think. Act. Transform lives.
I Exist is the message from adults with autism,
who have been isolated and ignored for too long.
A study for the
National Autistic Society (NAS) has found 63% of adults with autism in
England feel isolated and lack help.
The I Exist report
found 61% of adults with autism rely on their family financially while
40% live with their parents.
A total of 60% think
the lack of proper services has led to them needing higher levels of
support later on.
least one in three adults with autism is also experiencing severe
mental health difficulties due to poor care, the study found.
67% of local authorities do not keep a record of how many adults with
autism there are in their area and 65% do not know how many they
Amanda Batten, NAS
of policy and campaigns, said:
"For too long adults with autism have found themselves isolated and
"They struggle to
access support and are often dependent on their families.
does not have to be like this - I Exist is the message from adults with
autism who want their needs understood and the barriers to support
"The right help at the
right time can have a profound
effect - we are calling on the Government to think, act, and transform
APPEAL FOR HELP "Can
anyone suggest a family doctor or a psychiatrist in the Greater Toronto
area? We are looking for someone who is respectful to clients and
families, knowledgeable about autism, considers the whole person,
and does not prescribe needless drugs."
Support Associates (mainly in
continues to offer a broad range of educational programs for front-line
staff and managers. Winter workshops in 2008 are
about: Fostering healthy
relationships Moving towards increased
independence Preventing sexual offending
behaviours Good Grief Advanced topics in behaviour
Click for full details
March 10, , at Kitchener Public
John Lord and Peggy Hutchison talk about their book
Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with
Communities in the
KPL’s Learning for Wellness series
The authors look at how our communities accommodate people with
discuss how society needs to change so our more vulnerable citizens
social inclusion. Read Ted
McCartney's review of this book for OAARSN Copies of
the book will be on sale.
Share what’s been
learned in Canada regarding the
options that have been sustained over time
inspiration, valuable start up knowledge and guidance to
agencies and systems beginning such work
organizations change from "fixed" service models to entirely
the elements necessary for high quality personalized supports,
the safeguards to ensure this occurs
on title to reach website
Sponsored by Community Living British Columbia, BC Association for
Canadian Association for Community Living
April 25-27, 2008 Family AllianceOntario is planning
its 2008 Conference in Eastern Ontario More
information will be forthcoming at http://family-alliance.com once
location has been established and the program completed.
27-29, 2008, in Detroit “Everyday
Conference of Center for Self-Determination
Edge in a City
with an Edge”
Marriott, RenaissanceCenter, Detroit,
lives, real freedom §Community
income asset & development §Aging
& freedom §Recovery
context of self-determination §Families
supported to best assist in developing self-determined lives §International
perspectives on these issues as well as discussions of what system
requirements are needed: what works and what interferes Click for
June 9-11, 2008, in Honolulu, Hawaii International
Conference on Diverse Abilities
& Innovative Supports 2008 Life, Liberty, & the
Pursuit of Community Join us
as we explore topics such as: Dual
Diagnosis * Direct Support Worker Issues
& Solutions Supervision
& Management * Clinical Issues International
Best Practices *
Self-Advocacy/Independent Living Autism/Aspergers *
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creatively about new
for person-centred and self-directed lives.......... just published
A HOME AND GOOD LIFE OF MY OWN Strategies
and formal agreements
developed by GuelphServices
the Autistic in its role as housing trust
functioned as a
housing trust since 1997, its mission to help adults with "Autistic
live in their own homes with dignity
safety, supported by family and friends--and with self-directed
individualized funding, and infrastructure services as needed.
organizations, concerned with persons who have other special needs, are
interested in following
the paths pioneered by GSA, so we have compiled this 120-page guide to
various agreements and procedures, with some explanatory text.
resource that is valuable for anyone who is trying to direct their own
person-centred life, and for their families and friends.
FROM THE FRONT LINES: CALLING
FOR HELP AND SHARING
EXPERIENCES We know
vulnerable adults and their families and caregivers are heroically
resources they have to achieve some successes with their challenges.
report remarkable progress. We invite you to share your challenges,
success stories, if you think others might help or benefit. If you wish, we will not
publish your name or email address. You may
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comments related to creative supports. Please send material to firstname.lastname@example.org
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