NADSP & Open Future Learning

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Yeah we did it! Our learning modules are now officially accredited by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals! Direct Support Professionals can now use our modules to complete the national credentialing program. Contact us at hello@openfuturelearning.org for more information. The … Continue reading

Active Support

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Active support is an approach that was developed to help combat the lack of engagement in meaningful activities and relationships experienced by people who receive support. Active support is about doing with, not for or to. Continue reading

Three Steps to Employment

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We have broken down the steps to employment into three bite size modules regarding employment. These three side-by-side modules with both the staff assist as well as the people we support to think about becoming employed, the types of employment opportunities available, and how to find employment and stay employed. Continue reading

Build Your Own Modules!

We are excited to announce the release of our new module creator platform!

This great new feature means that for no additional costs our members can build their own training modules and host them right alongside everything that the Open Future Learning resource has to offer. Watch the above user guide film to see how it works.

If you have any questions please contact Ben Drew at ben@openfuturelearning.org

 

Difficult Families?

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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

Introducing Side by Side

What if support staff and the people they support could use the time they spend together, to learn together?

Side by Side has been designed so that people who receive support and people who provide support can learn together.

Learn more: http://www.openfuturelearning.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=login.newlearningmodules

 

The Moth Project

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“Every family member has a story.” Here are a few of the amazing family members who took part in our collaborative project with “The Moth.” These parents had stories to spare! It was an absolute privilege and a gift to … Continue reading

Me and Mine

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Dave Hingsburger will change the way you think about your work and the way that you support people. Our new module ‘Me and Mine’ explores the importance of self and the need to help the people you support to develop … Continue reading

Do the Write Thing

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We are excited to announce the release of our newest module Do the Write Thing. Behind every word we write, there is a person. But paperwork is loathed by almost every support professional in the field of human services. What … Continue reading

Naturally

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Really excited to share our new music video “Naturally”. We collaborated with the brilliant Michael Steinbruck to bring you this song about the right of people to build a home and live in the community.

The Moth & Open Future


We are pleased to announce that we have recently embarked on a collaborative project with The Moth and we are now seeking to connect with family members of people who have an intellectual disability.

We want to help support professionals to do a better job of relating to, understanding, and working with the families of the people we support. The experiences and stories of family members are rarely openly shared and are often misunderstood.

The Moth will be facilitating a series of professionally supported workshops within the five boroughs of NYC to help participants to shape their life experiences into well crafted stories that can be presented to members of the local community. Open Future Learning will in turn build a module that incorporates these stories.

If you are or if you know a family member that might be interested in taking part please contact us.

Slightly Inspirational Health and Safety Training

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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

David Pitonyak

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We recently had the pleasure of filming with yet another great thinker. David Pitonyak has a way of understanding and communicating the needs of people with challenging behavior that is profoundly straightforward. The largest part of Pitonyak’s work involves meeting … Continue reading

Welcome Kathie Snow

We are pleased to welcome Kathie Snow to the Open Future Learning family.

Unique, inspiring, motivational, valuable, provocative, life-changing. These are some of the words used to describe Kathie Snow’s work. Snow challenges conventional wisdom and encourages others to adopt new ways of thinking about disability issues. She believes each person with a disability has strengths, gifts, and talents, and that when we focus on those-instead of the diagnosis-grea outcomes are possible!

Kathie Snow is the mother of Benjamin, a young man with disabilities. Snow has learned from Benjamin and other with disabilities, and now shares these extraordinary lessons.  Kathis believes we can generate better outcomes for children and adults with disabilities when we change our attitudes, words, and actions.  The inclusion of people with disabiliites can be be accomplished when they move from dependence on special services (client-hood) to the abundant supply of natural supports and generic service in their communities (citizenship).

Snow is enthusiastic, positive, and passionate about ensuring children and adults with disabilities live real lives, fully included at home, school, work and play.  The commonsense strategies she promotes can help turn this dream into reality.  Be ready for provocative questions, positive solutions, and innovative thinking, mixed with humor and real-life experiences.

 

Learn more about Kathie http://www.openfuturelearning.org/contributors.html#ksnow

Something different…

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6OIrXGwk4o In this film Beth Mount explains how Person-Centered work differs from System-Centered. System-centered planning comes from the idea that the people we support are defined and treated through the idea of what the system needs in order to run … Continue reading

Working for you

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Since Open Future Learning launched, our customers have taken our resource in many different directions. In the same way that the people we support deserve an individualized and person-centered service, we believe that our customers do too. So far we … Continue reading