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Dr. Tim Stainton: an interview with Sheenagh Morrison from the “Research on Researchers” series

July 31, 2012

Tim Stainton has been a great friend to many in every part of what happens in B.C. around disability and best practices.   We were glad to have him agree to be interviewed by Sheenagh Morrison.   Tim is a Professor and also Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship, School of Social Work, at the University of British Columbia

1) What does Cilli stand for, and how did the course go in this last term?
CILLI stands for Canadian Inclusive Lives Initiative. We just finished our first pilot course with 22 people including self-advocates and family members. The course went really well. How it works is that everyone comes to a retreat at the beginning for 3 days and then has 8 online modules to work on. Each module takes about 8 hours. Topics include: employment, having a home, life long learning, decision making, financial literacy, community connections, transitions and tools for helping you get the life you want. At the end everyone comes back together again for three days to talk about their plans and how to put them into action. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the course and learn new things to help them get the life they want in the community. We will be doing it again starting in September of this year.

2) Does the Cilli program teach people the skills they might need to live and to travel more independently?
YES! That is the whole point of the course-to help them get information, ideas and a plan for living independently in the community in the way they want to live.

3) What is Steps Forward?
This is an initiative that supports people with intellectual disabilities to attend regular University courses. They operate at a number of universities including UBC. I am not involved with this Steps Forward but really like what they are doing.

4) Can you tell a brief story about one of your friends who have a disability and what you think they bring to their community?
I will tell you about my son Gus. Gus is 12 years old and has attended his regular school for the past 6 years. He is a really friendly guy who loves to make friends, play games and learn. I think Gus brings a lot to his community. He is kind and friendly and always has a smile for everyone. I think he also shows people that even though he may be a little different in the way he learns and what he can do, being different is OK and if they take to time to get to know him he will be a good friend and is lots of fun to spend time with.

5) Is there anything else you would like to say?
I would just like to tell you a little bit about the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at UBC. This was started about 3 years ago to do research and education on things that help make our community a more inclusive place and to help make sure people with disabilities are full and active citizens. We do training (like CILLI), teach students how to support people with disabilities better and research on things how we can do a better job at supporting people to have inclusive lives and be full citizens. If people want to know more about the centre they can go to

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jerry Laidlaw permalink
    April 4, 2013 10:59 am

    good interview Tim

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