Learning Opportunities – May 4, 2018


How do the people you support make decisions? 

The people you support can and should make decisions. This module will help you to learn how.

The relationship you have with the people you support is an intimate one. Over time you develop trust, respect and understanding. This module will help you to understand how you can support people to claim their voice so they can express their opinions, and make their choices.

This module includes video presentations from Michael Kendrick, Malia Carlotto, and Bob Fleischner.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

– Understand the different ways that people make decisions.

– Describe supported decision-making and how it works.

– Explain the support people will need to make their own decisions.


We have signed up for a new video learning series that provides some great learning modules hosted by well known presenters from across North America.

There is a two step sign up process:

1. Click this link to register your name and email address.  Please use your spectrum email address to register.
Link: http://www.openfuturelearning.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Login.EnterCode&AccountCode=spectrum

2. HR will approve your registration and send you an email confirmation.

There are learning modules of between one hour and four hours that you can sign up for and complete over 30 days.  At the end, there is a summary of the information presented, a short quiz to confirm what you have learned, and a certificate you can print to recognize your efforts.

“Five Things You Can Do,” is one hour module with presentations by David Pitonyak.  It covers a list of things you can think about and do when you are supporting a person whose behaviour is troubling you.
This is not a list of “quick fix” strategies for stopping unwanted behaviour. It is a list of ideas for uncovering the real things that a person might need so that you can be more supportive.

Plan Institute

Link to Endowment 150 grant and RDSP Information:  Plan Institute
Endowment 150 Application: Endowment 150 Application

Wills, Trusts & Estates – Workshop

2018:  May 3, June 7

Learn how to arrange your estate, prepare a Will, and set up a trust for your loved one with a disability.

On-line Gentle Teaching Training

This training is for all people who are directly involved in daily support of persons, like parents, caregivers, teachers, etc.

In this on-line gentle teaching training we will cover all elements of the normal basic training.

  • What is the essence of gentle teaching
  • Look at the person from the perspective of gentle teaching
  • Personal development of the caregiver to become a gentle teacher
  • Developing a culture of life
  • Improving quality of life
  • The methodology of gentle teaching
  • Making a gentle teaching support plan

After having completed this training you will be able to apply gentle teaching in daily interactions with the people you serve, and you will be able to creaate special gentle teaching sessions with persons for who it is more challenging to feel safe and loved. You will also be able to resognize your own emotions and you let go or transform disturbing emotions. 

The training will be interactive, so you need a good internet connection. The maximum number of participants is 6 per training.
There will be eight 2-hour sessions. Participants will get a training manual to read as preparation for each session.

The regular costs of participation will be $250 for participants living in rich countries. Participants from developing countries can pay what they can afford.

Dates: 2018:  April 18 and 25  May 16 and 23.

Time : 12 – 2 PM  CDT

click here for registration

For information please contact info@gentleteaching.nl


May 24-26, 2018

Rise Up Conference

BCs premier learning event on intellectual disability, inclusion and human rights.


2018 Portland Gathering – July 22-25, 2018

Co-Hosted by The Learning Community for Person Centred Practices

The Portland Gathering has long held a unique place in the heart of our learning community. The length of the event allows participants to go beyond updates, presentations and networking and take a deeper dive into how person centered practices are being implemented, and engage in the co-creation of new ideas, initiatives, materials and plans for the future of our work together.

More info and registration at: http://portlandgathering.org/



Supporting People through Grief and Loss
Karyn Harvey
In this video, Karyn talks about how pervasive experiences of grief and loss are among people with intellectual disabilities, and how often expressions of grief and loss are misinterpreted as “behavioural issues”. She offers practical suggestions on what support staff can do to help an individual going through this process. She introduces a resource she’s developed called the “My Goodbye Book”, and offers suggestions about how staff can use this booklet to assist people experiencing grief.
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Conversations that Matter

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Disability Studies Series Part 4: The Illusion of Normalcy 

Catherine Frazee

Catherine and Norman explore the widely held but seldom questioned assumptions about the concept of “Normalcy”  They reveal that, when the idea of “normal” is thoughtfully examined, it becomes apparent that “normalcy”is not only illusory but a very dangerous concept.

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The “Talk to Me” Experiment
Laurence Clark

Laurence Clark is a brilliant, hilarious, politically astute comedian with cerebral palsy. In this unbelievable and side-splitting video, Laurence explores what lengths he must go to before people will talk to him rather than his non-disabled companion.

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