How Not to Handle Rejection

Enjoy this short excerpt from our series of Side by Side modules on Relationships, Dating, and Intimacy written by Dave Hingsburger. There is no “best way” to deal with rejection, but there are a lot of bad ways. The module goes on to explain how to handle rejection in the right way and how it’s okay to be hurt and embarrassed by rejection as long as you conduct yourself well.

Side by Side modules allow people who receive support and people who provide support to use the time they spend together, to learn together.

Dave Hingsburger has worked for over 35 years in the field of sexuality and intellectual disabilities. Dave has worked in a variety of positions during that time, but has always worked directly with people with disabilities in some capacity. At present, he is the Director of Clinical and Educational Supports at Vita Community Living Services in Toronto.

Dave Hingsburger has written many books and journal articles, and writes an award winning disability blog. Dave lectures at the national and international level on a broad range of intellectual disability related topics. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.

A Thought about Sex and Disability

SEX…have I got your attention? In this video, Gary Kent gives everyone something to think about. Kent sheds light on the idea of how people with disabilities have a lack of control over their own lifes. His blunt and straightforward example of how even the opportunity to have sexual relations is controlled by others, gives us all something to think about.

Understanding and Promoting Rights

Your staff can now learn about “Understanding and Promoting Rights” with either our long or new short version module. But first watch this fun music video we made about rights, community and more!

Our new module “Understanding and Promoting Rights – Short Version” takes just 100 minutes to complete. But for a more in-depth look into this topic your staff also have the option to complete a more detailed 210 minute version.

Beyond defining rights, these modules give your staff first hand knowledge and expertise on how to maintain and promote the rights of the people you support. Watch the trailer:

This module features video presentations from Dave Hingsburger, Simon Duffy, Gary Kent, and Margaret Cushen.

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

– Define what rights are and understand the different types of rights.

– Detail how, why, and in what circumstances rights may be limited or taken away.

– Explain how rights interact with responsibilities, decision-making, risk, power, and control.

– Explain how to support, promote, and help people advocate for their rights.

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1. Any size organization can access 24 rotatable seats to over 50 learning modules and over 600 videos on demand for $112 (USD) $134 (CAD) $134 (AUD) $1148 (NZD) £78 (GBP).

2. Our free trial allows up to three staff two weeks access to our entire resource.

3. There is no contract of use and no admin fees.

4. You can use any part of our resource with groups of learners and only use one seat on your membership.

5. Every user gets access to our entire resource by default.

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