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December 31, 2010

We’re excited about the publication of Support Networks: A Guide for Self Advocates from C.L.B.C. which Susan, Jim and I worked on with three different focus groups of self-advocates.  We really appreciated all the feedback about how to express certain ideas in words and graphics, and the conversations that came out of these discussions.

Those served by C.L.B.C. should be able to pick up copies of this booklet at their local offices soon.   Susan and I were able to introduce it at workshops in Denver through the 2010 TASH (the association for people with severe handicaps) conference there.    We presented two sessions, one about the focus on support networks and natural safeguards around the province, and one about our own project.   I also attended a meeting about community inclusion services, representing Canada, and was able to show off some of the materials that C.L.B.C. has been producing – to some really excited participants.

So far the booklet has been receiving great feedback.   Part of what self-advocate focus groups asked for was something like a workbook, and the designers have done a great job of incorporating places where you can make the book your own.   I suspect it will be a popular document not just with folks served by C.L.B.C. but with other populations as well, who are wondering how to engage and increase their networks of supports.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jule Hopkins permalink
    January 1, 2011 2:39 pm

    Hi Aaron – thanks for sharing information so well on this new booklet that you and Susan worked so hard on and for taking it to TASH to get it launched. You and Susan did a great job on putting together and creating this new booklet that we are so pleased is done in “Plain Language” so that it truly can be a help to self advocates and sincere thanks go out to you, Susan and Jim and all the self-advocates that gave input and feedback, you all can be very proud of the work you have done. If you want a copy they are available at any CLBC office, please ask for one and start building or adding to your current support network. Remember one of the best ways to be safe in community is to have people in your life who know and care about you! I leave you with a thought from one of the pages in the booklet – “Wherever you go their are people to know”
    Enjoy – Jule Hopkins, CLBC

    • January 1, 2011 7:07 pm

      Thanks, Jule, for your continued support. Feedback has been great so far about the booklet and it was a wonderful process to meet with folks and of course, we always love working with you 🙂 (this booklet was Jule’s inspiration and labour of love – she helped us through our part and then her part with the designers started, and they did a great job).

  2. bctogether permalink
    January 7, 2011 12:30 am

    I looked through the booklet online. WELL DONE!

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