In this module, leading expert Kay Mills frames her personal experiences with stories of people she has worked with to comprehensively explain how we can help people to build friendships and community. Kay begins by defining both friendships and community … 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
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
Learn how everyone can take control of their lives and watch this trailer from our module “Self-Determination”. In this module, the author Simon Duffy uses his expansive knowledge to explain what self-determination means. A combination of graphics and short films combine with Duffy’s easy read writing style to highlight the importance of control and the understanding that everyone can take control of their lives.
Understanding and gaining insight into your processing system takes time and effort. In this module, with the help of Judith North and Simony Haywood, we use insightful films and commentaries to help staff workers to understand their own processing abilities in hopes of them being able to better assist and understand the people they support. Continue reading
David Pitonyak is back with another five things you can do to support someone who has behavior that is challenging. When the person you support is going through a difficult time, friendships, a positive identity, fairness, and fun are commonly … Continue reading
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
“Direct support professionals have to walk that line – without judgement”
A story about a man with disabilities and a motorcycle club. Continue reading
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
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
This module, created by David Pitonyak, explains the importance of staff members getting to know the people they support. They need to understand that all behavior is meaningful and the importance of having support plans in place. Continue reading
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
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.
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