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Pilot Project : Sensing our 2020 Vision
In May of 2012, we began a 6 month pilot project designed to explore the feasibility of a new role at Spectrum.  Dubbed Navigators – people in this role focus on supporting the self-direction of focal people and their networks.
In Spectrum’s current  3 Year Strategic Plan, our central goal is:

” Spectrum Society aspires to be a model of excellence in building sustainable support networks that are grounded in strong partnerships with individuals, their families, friends and allies. We strive to learn, to improve our practice, and to effectively support the leadership of individuals and their networks.”

Our Strategic Plan also lays out five interdependent and mutually reinforcing change goals that are key to realizing our strategic goal.

  • Strengthening the capacity of individuals to develop and tap relationships, networks and community partnerships
  • Shifting to a more person-directed approach to service
  • becoming recognized…

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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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