101 Ways to Make Friends

“The match is everything.  When the right people show up in a person’s life, most of what he or she needs will happen.  Ninety percent of what works is finding the right people and making sure they stay a while.” (David Pitonyak)

You’ve no doubt seen the recent media coverage about Community Living British Columbia (CLBC).  One issue that’s getting a lot of attention is the question of moving people out of group homes into less costly shared living situations, and whether individuals and families are being included in the decision-making and provided with enough information to make informed choices about their living arrangements.  CLBC has acknowledged that there are problems in the system that need addressing, and while we don’t speak for CLBC or for any other service provider, we can say that we are very proud of Spectrum’s shared living services and our incredible team of caregivers.  We are concerned…

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About Aaron

Director of Research, Training and Development, Spectrum Society for Community Living. As well as being responsible for in-house training and research on best practices in the field of helping people with disabilities organize their supports, I support self advocacy groups, contract to provide training and workshops to other agencies and groups and facilitate inclusive research groups. I am the author/illustrator of three books, co-editor of a new anthology for 2012, and co-editor of Spectrum Press. My passion is creating networks of best practice leaders in our field to share person-centred alternatives in how people with disabilities can be facilitated to live lives where their gifts are necessary components in their communities. I am currently half way through a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary studies, focusing on Equity and Adult Education, and particularly on how people with intellectual disabilities may be supported in participatory leadership groups.
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