This is a starting place for searching the web for information and organizations focused on facilitating change and customizing support, making it possible for people stay in control of their lives and support. These organizations and websites share the values, principles and practices associated with Facilitation and Person Directed Planning.
Independent Facilitation Organizations In Ontario
Windsor Essex Brokerage for Personal Supports is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) to provide information that is personalized for adults 18 years of age and older with developmental disabilities in Windsor and Essex County. “Brokerage” offers Facilitation and Planning Support adults (over 18) having a developmental disability who are looking for a different or unique way to work towards their life goals and dreams.
Facile offers independent facilitation to support person-directed planning, relationship development, social inclusion and community participation and contribution. The role of independent facilitators is to guide the process, but not direct it. As independent facilitators, we are accountable to the person and their network. We are an independent and unencumbered organization, separate from agencies that provide direct services or decides who is eligible for funding or services.
Families for a Secure Future is dedicated to serving adults with developmental disabilities and supporting them to become more engaged in directing their lives, making choices and taking up full citizenship in the community. Our vision focuses on supporting individuals within the context of their family/friends to develop a unique plan for moving forward and creating a meaningful life for themselves.
Originally called Facile: Independent Facilitation Waterloo Region, we were launched as an initiative of The New Story Group in 2010 to assist people with disabilities and their families to plan for and build a good life in community. In 2016 we changed our name to Bridges to Belonging Waterloo Region, to reflect our continued focus on building a community where everyone belongs. Through meaningful relationships, we support you to build on your unique abilities, to create the life you want in the community.
Social inclusion, opportunities to contribute in a meaningful way, relationship development and the right to make choices are key elements of a good life. Independent Facilitation is an ongoing process that supports an individual with a disability to fulfill these objectives, develop a vision for their future and take the steps necessary to work toward their goals and dreams.
We offer independent facilitation and planning services to adults with developmental disabilities who live in the counties of Wellington and Dufferin. Independent facilitation and planning is a unique kind of person directed planning. Our goal is for you or your loved one to be supported by a well-trained and connected facilitator as you work through the process of life planning, and take steps towards meeting your goals.
The independent facilitation team have well-developed skills as “community connectors” including community mapping, identifying community options as a first resource and connecting people to community-based resources and networks.
Other Resources That Support The Work Of Change
The Individualized Funding Coalition for Ontario supports the self-determination of persons with disabilities. We believe that all people should have control over decisions concerning where they live, with whom they live, with whom they associate and how they spend their lives. In order to achieve this we recognize that Ontario must develop a system of funding whereby the person requiring assistance, supported by family and/or others, should have access to and control over the funds allocated for his/her supports.
Inclusion Press creates person centered resource materials for training events, public schools, high schools, community colleges, universities, human service agencies, health organizations, government agencies, families, First Nations organizations – nationally and internationally.
Realizations Training and Resources (Susannah Joyce)
Realizations offers training, consultation, written and electronic resources, retreats and reviews in Canada, the US, and the UK on a variety of topics essential to supporting people who have a developmental disability, mental health issues, or physical challenges, to be full citizens in their community.
The Facilitation Leadership Group provides training, coaching, and consultation for communities that want to create a New Story with citizens who require support to participate and contribute to everyday life. Our training is principle-centred and supports participants to use facilitation in ways thatenhance self-determination, community connections, and meaningful relationships.
P4P Planning Network connects a powerful network of professionals, organizations and agencies. With over 100 partner organizations referring families and caregivers to the Planning Network, it has become the go-to planning resource for families in Ontario.
HSA Canada is passionate about personalization and person-centred change for people, teams, organizations and communities. We develop, train and consult across all sectors. We are an international training, development and consultancy team – we work with you to adopt person-centred practices to achieve better lives for people, teams, organizations and communities.
Capacity Works 2 (Beth Mount)
CapacityWorks 2 reflects the spirit of a global network of activists who are creating a person-centered world view that honors the capacities of people with disabilities and supports their engagement in civic life. CapacityWorks2 seeks to authenticate the art form of the imaginative journey of thousands who are finding their way toward a larger purpose in life.
Neighbours International was established to support the collective efforts of individuals, families, the agencies that work for them, and the governments that fund them, as they work to go deeper in transforming systems, services, and the communities where people live. We support the move from a congregated program focus, to an individualized person directed focus, that enables people to envision the life they want to live, and invest the resources available to them to support that vision.
The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices
envisions a world where all people have positive control over the lives they have chosen for themselves. Our efforts focus on people who have lost or may lose positive control because of society’s response to the presence of a disability. This site helps us foster a global learning community that shares knowledge for that purpose. All are welcome here to share and learn.