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Welcome to the April “101 Friends” e-newsletter

April 1, 2010

Thanks to Tara for her contribution of the story of how she started the only Asperger social group that we’ve heard of.    There is also information about Autism in celebration of Autism Awareness Month.  

In this issue you can also read about John Lord’s workshop on Conversation and Community occurring May 5th in Burnaby.   We’re also looking forward to John’s new book coming out this summer, Impact: Changing the Way we View Disability, which we’re looking forward to.   John is the author of Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities, which is another brilliant book.   We do have some copies of this at the office for sale.  For those of you who got to spend some too-brief time with him when he was a keynote speaker at BCACL in 2008, or with he and Peggy Hutchinson at a CLBC event last year, this will be a great opportunity to look more closely at how “The New Story” might operate in the lives of people you care about.  

Other dates you might want to save are June 17 & 18, when B.C. People First will be hosting a self-advocacy conference and AGM.   As a proud and passionate People First advisor I will definately be there, so make sure you say hello!   On June 7th and 8th Michael Kendrick will be coming to town, again in Burnaby, for a rare two day introduction to person-centred thinking, leadership and community building.   Place, time and cost to be determined.   A limited number of spaces are available for this two day workshop; email if you’d like to be on the list.  

Last but not least, thanks to those of you  who filled out the Personal Support Networks survey of what’s going on around the province.   We’ve put the report together and sent it off to the CLBC subcommittee on belonging and will keep you posted on what happens next. 

If you’d like to read the whole newsletter in one place, go here.

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