Justice, Gifts and Beauty

Justice, Gifts and Beauty: those who bring naked vulnerability, offer a gift that can soothe a violent world. There is no guarantee that we will awaken, but the peaceful and just possibility awaits us.

I learned about the nature of violence and non-violent resistance when I worked  as Judith Snow’s attendant. I had already been studying and paying attention to movements of non-violent change. I had read about Gandhi and the liberation of India from British rule, Martin Luther King ...

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A Lesson Plan for Belonging

A Lesson Plan for Belonging
Inclusive Education Imparts More Than Just the Curriculum

by Gary Bunch

This article explores the notion of a Lesson Plan for Belonging. A sense of belonging is something that all of us want and need. We want to be surrounded by those who love us, by friends, and by the members of our larger community. Our family, of course, is the closest to us. They are the first who love us and give us an ...

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Disability and Student Well-Being Impact of Inclusion Education

by Gary Bunch

Canadian society in general and the education system in particular do not appear aware that inclusive education is good for the health of persons experiencing disabilities. In my view, the school system approaches education and disability as a problem of “fitting in” academically and behaviourally. Fitting in is so valued by educators that many learners experiencing disabilities continue to be placed in segregated special education settings on a full or part-time basis. They are not seen as not learning ...

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Person-Centered Planning & Systems Change Challenging Permutations and Opportunities

by Jack Pearpoint

It is very simple.  Well done, and with a solid values base, the family of Person-Centered Planning approaches can and do assist to create some remarkable, almost unimaginable futures, for people who have traditionally been written off and institutionalized.  It can be a core element in a systems change strategy.  So the ‘possibilities’ and power of Person-Centered planning and facilitation have only just begun, and are brimming with enormous promise.

However, simultaneously, there is a serious challenge to this ...

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Housing Task Force gets to Work

Members of the Developmental Services Housing Task Force are rolling up their sleeves and getting to the task at hand.

On September 22, 2014, the housing task force met for the first time in Toronto to map out their work for the next 18 months.

The task force will review proposals and make recommendations on innovative housing solutions for adults with developmental disabilities. The best ideas could be funded through the provincial government’s $810 million investment strategy for developmental services. The cross-sector ...

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