What are you doing at 8 o’clock?


Inspectors went to see what was happening at 8 o’clock in the evening in the homes of 263 people with intellectual disabilities.

The homes were all in the community. They visited people who had their own tenancies, supported living houses, group care homes and nursing homes. Visits were conducted on both Thursday and Friday evenings.

The results:

Stay Up Late campaigns for people to be able lead full and active social lives. At Open Future we are proud to collaborate with this campaign by helping to make this film:

Learn more about Stay Up Late.

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Do you withhold rewards?


I always ask people “If you are having a hard day do you need more support or less?” and everybody always agrees they need more. But they are often asked to implement behavior programs that say that if a person is doing something wrong you should withhold access to the reward, and it makes absolutely no sense to me.

If I have had an argument with my wife and I go out to a bar I don’t say, “Mr Bartender, no beer for me I was ugly to my wife Cindy earlier in the day and I don’t want to reinforce that behavior.” No, I say, “Bring me two beers I can’t drink them fast enough.” I encourage people who smoke cigarettes to remember that if they don’t get their paperwork done and their boss gives them a hard time, they don’t go out on their cigarette break and refuse to smoke cigarettes. They smoke five at one time complaining about the boss, and it doesn’t make their behavior worse over time. These things are all coping skills for us and that’s missing in the lives of people we support.

The job of the direct support professional is to help people to find joy non contingently. If the person you support is having a hard day it might be a really good time to get out of here and have some good coffee downtown. It makes much more sense to me than withholding things from people.

Source module: Five More Things You Can Do

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Is he a client, service user or consumer?


Staff Learning Modules
Our Learning Modules are designed to benefit anyone who touches the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Learn more about the Staff Learning Modules here.

Side by Side
The Side by Side modules have been created so that the people who receive support and the people who provide support can learn together. Learn more about Side by Side here.

Videos On Demand
Our Videos On Demand pages hosts all the short films that we have ever made. Learn more about our 600 films here.

Our pricing for organizations starts at Program Two. This is how it works:


People are Dying

Constipation is the most common cause of preventable death for people with intellectual disabilities. Over 50% of people we support suffer from constipation and over 25% take laxatives. With songs by Peter Leidy and personal stories by people with intellectual disabilities this fun ‘Side by Side’ module will help people who receive support and people who provide support to learn, talk and laugh together about this serious subject. Everyone can live a happy and healthy life free from constipation.

Five things to know:

– Our free trial allows up to three staff two weeks access to our entire resource.
– You decide what level of membership best fits your needs.
– There is no contract of use and no admin fees.
– You can use any part of our resource with groups of learners and only use one seat on your membership.
– Every users gets access to our entire resource by default.

Learn more about all of our modules here.


About Our Pricing

This video explains our pricing and how we work with our members to provide the very best value for money:

Learn more about our pricing here and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us via hello@openfuturelearning.org


Building Valued Social Roles

Narrated by Beth Mount, this excerpt from our module “Valued Social Roles” explains the importance of helping people to build wide, deep and sustaining relationships.

This module is written by Marc Tumeinski from the Social Role Valorization (SRV) Implementation Project. Marc uses his intimate knowledge of SRV to help learners to reflect on both the barriers to the “Good Things of Life” and how valued social roles may help the people we support to have greater access to these good things.



This module includes video presentations from Marc Tumeinski, Gary Kent, Beth Mount, Steve Dymond, Jack Pearpoint, and Simon Duffy.


On successful completion of this module, learners will be able to:


    • Describe related elements of social devaluation: negative perception followed by negative treatment.
    • Describe a shared practice of human service involving vision, attitudes, and skills and actions.
    • Understand and articulate a shared practice for supporting the people you support.
    • Describe the “good things in life” and valued social roles with examples, and also explain how they are linked.
    • Describe devalued roles as wounds, how these occur, and what the consequences of these wounds may be.
    • Understand and articulate skills and attitudes which support our vision including: Stepping into the shoes of the people you support, serving one person at a time, and holding high, positive expectations for the people you support and for ourselves.
    • Describe how rejection, distancing, and communication can be potential barriers to applying this vision.
    • Explain how you can be a better listener.
    • Explain how person-centered planning can help to raise possibilities and expectations.
    • Understand the importance of, and how to enhance image and competency, and how to avoid the associated challenges that may include life wasting, lost opportunities, and society’s own perception.


Everyone Can Learn

Heather Simmons shares an insightful story illuminating the idea that people of all abilities have the ability to learn giving the opportunity. Although Heather was originally from Scotland she now lives in Perth Australia where, with her husband Richard Hill, … Continue reading


Repeated exposure to abuse, social exclusion and rejection has had a devastating affect on the people we support. Trauma affects the way our brains develop and function and it leaves a lasting impression. Welcome to our new module titled ‘Trauma-Informed Care’ … Continue reading


It might seem odd that a professional would ignore someone who is drowning. But as David Pitonyak explains, this happens all the time in our field. People who have disabilities and difficult behavior are often overboard and terrified, and we … Continue reading

Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy by Dave Hingsburger

Relationship, Dating and Intimacy expert, Dave Hingsburger, shares with you his knowledge about the importance of assisting the people we support with developing positive relationships, experiencing dating and intimacy in order to have a fulfilled life. This side-by-side module allows the people who receive support and the people who provide support to learn together. Continue reading

Difficult Families?

What can we learn from the families we support and work with? This video is a celebration of families and what we can learn from them. The moving and thoughtful words of the families who made this video will help … Continue reading

Slightly Inspirational Health and Safety Training

The words ‘inspirational’ and ‘health and safety’ may not sit easily together. But not many health and safety training courses feature contributions from leading thinkers like Dave Hingsburger, David Pitonyak, Dave Hasbury, and John Raffaele. This module will help to … Continue reading