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Manifesto Point 3: Our lives are better when we focus on each other’s strengths, abilities, interests and gifts.


Introducing a Booklet from the Community Resource Unit Ltd: BUILDING BELONGING IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY: Finding Roles that Help Students Participate and Contribute

Download the Resource here.

This booklet has been designed for families and teachers of children with a disability from Kindergarten to High School.


Inclusion is about more than physical presence at school. It is about belonging, being valued, and being able to fully participate in that school community.
All parents want their child’s school years to be full and productive, for them to have opportunities to discover their gifts, to grow and to ‘shine’ in many small ways. Students with disability are vulnerable to only being seen for their challenges or negative stereotypes. Helping children have access to valued social roles is one way families and schools can guard against this vulnerability. Valued roles provide opportunity for connections, personal development, self-esteem (and much more!) both at school and across the whole of life.
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Personal Identity, Relationships, Resources

“Begin”


Begin again to the summoning birds
to the sight of the light at the window,
begin to the roar of morning traffic
all along Pembroke Road.
Every beginning is a promise
born in light and dying in dark
determination and exaltation of springtime
flowering the way to work.
Begin to the pageant of queuing girls
the arrogant loneliness of swans in the canal
bridges linking the past and future
old friends passing though with us still.
Begin to the loneliness that cannot end
since it perhaps is what makes us begin,
begin to wonder at unknown faces
at crying birds in the sudden rain
at branches stark in the willing sunlight
at seagulls foraging for bread
at couples sharing a sunny secret
alone together while making good.
Though we live in a world that dreams of ending
that always seems about to give in
something that will not acknowledge conclusion
insists that we forever begin.

— From The Essential Brendan Kennelly

 

Audio version available here

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Community, Personal Identity, Relationships, Resources

What does Person Centered mean? A Conversation with Jack Pearpoint & Lynda Kahn



                                                                                                   Watch the interview here

“Person Centered” is a phrase used by organisations and individuals, relating to care, planning, education…but its often misused. What does person centered actually mean? I chatted to Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn, both renowned worldwide for their work in the field of inclusion and planning, about the ideas behind the person centered approach and what happens when it is mis-used, with a particular slant towards planning.



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