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Shared Learning Forum

The Shared Learning Forum offers training and networking opportunities for staff working with agencies that provide services to adults & their families, in the developmental service sector in Toronto.

Webinar recorded: January 25, 2013
Location: Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf

Presenters include: Developmental Services Ontario, Toronto Region; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Griffin Community Support Network; Family Services Toronto; City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Department


Developmental Services Toronto Region – Eligibility Process
Presenter: Nimet Inceoglu

Adapted Programs and Integrated Services For People with a Disability 2013 – City Of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation
Presenter: Serena D’Sousa

Collaborative and Individualized Resource Program
Presenters: Lindsay Wingham-Smith and Louis Busch

Community Planners – Person Directed Planning
Presenter: Tracy Parnell

Community and Relationships
Presenter: Leah Dolmage

Question and Answer Forum with all the presenters

A few more resources

City of Seattle, Washington, Department of Neighborhoods
The Involving All Neighbors (IAN) Program created innovative strategies for civic engagement. Everyone has gifts to offer the community and neighborhoods are strengthened by these contributions. IAN’s focus is to encourage and strengthen citizen participation utilizing these gifts, particularly participation by those neighbors with developmental disabilities. From the beginning, IAN was designed by people who would benefit: persons with disabilities, their family members, neighborhood activists, and service providers. Through building partnerships, developing innovative strategies, and benefiting from the commitment of many people, Involving All Neighbors has encouraged the development of welcoming communities in Seattle. Contains: shared beliefs of the project, questions to ask, information about the fabric of community life and qualities of a good community connector among other things. Pages of 23-30 (113-120).

5 Valued experiences, O’Brien and Mount (full reference):
Make a Difference: A Guidebook for Person-Centred Direct Support, 2nd Edition (2005). By John O’Brien & Beth Mount with contributions from Peter Leidy & Bruce Blaney. More information available at: (with some free downloadable resources at the bottom)

A Ted Talk “Beautiful Justice” by Beth Mount about the role of arts in mobilizing positive support and creative individualized employment strategies:

More great places to find resources and information:

Youth Self-Determination Credo:

Canadian Journal of Disability Studies:

Options Newsletter and Website:

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