People First of Peterborough Annual Conference Keynote Presentation May 27, 2011

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Keenan Wellar was the keynote presenter at this year's annual conference which drew 100 delegates from across Ontario. The presentation was focused on identifying motivations for LiveWorkPlay to support the development of a People First chapter in Ottawa. The main reason is a belief in the importance of people with intellectual disabilities as self-advocates and their right to self-determination and full citizenship.

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People First of Peterborough Annual Conference Keynote Presentation May 27, 2011

  1. 1. Our Opening Presentation Will Start Soon!
  2. 2. LiveWorkPlay: a happy accident!
  3. 3. People with intellectual disabilitieswill progress as self-advocatesand contributing citizens […]A transformative journey…Helping our community welcomepeople with intellectual disabilities tolive, work, and play as valued citizens.A community where everyone belongs.
  4. 4. Live WorkPlay Found guilty of a crime against society Found guilty of having anintellectual disability
  5. 5. WorkLive Play
  6. 6. LiveWork Play
  7. 7. REALITY CHECK! UNEMPLOYMENT: 75% ONLY 1% OWN THEIR OWN HOMES LESS THAN 10% RENT THEIR OWN HOMESALMOST 50% OF CANADIANS DON’T LIKE BEING AROUND PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES STILL MANY SEGREGATED SCHOOLS AND CLASSROOMSVERY FEW POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES 8-10 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO SUFFER ABUSE VERY SMALL SOCIAL NETWORKS
  8. 8. THAT REALLY STINKS!WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
  9. 9. It’s All About Differences
  10. 10. THE SYSTEMS MODEL OF DISABILITY This is the model that continues to dominate human services despite overwhelming evidence that it is more expensive and less effective… - nickscrusade.com
  11. 11. When we find oursimilarities, thedifferences can beput into place andwe can push ourrelationships tothe next level…quitesimply similarities canoverride differences.The Essence of InterdependenceAl Condeluci, Ph.D. (1999)
  12. 12. THESE ARE HOW ABOUTWEAPONS THESE?
  13. 13. Sometimes The People Closest To Us Hurt Us With Their Own Fears
  14. 14. Communication is what one does with words and what they do to us. — J. Samuel Bois, The Art of Awareness International Union for Conservation of Nature
  15. 15. The Medical Model Is Beating Us!How Do We Fight Back And Win?
  16. 16. THE COMMUNITY MODEL OF DISABILITY Help the person but don’t blame them for barriers they did not create! - nickscrusade.com
  17. 17. What is Social Capital?The relationships and friendships that people have in their lives!Research shows Social Capital is related to:• Healthfulness Using a simple measurement tool incorporating• Happiness acquaintanceship, friendship, and covenant• Longevity relationships, average Social Capital for people with disabilities is about 30 (150 is typical)• People getting jobs• People finding others to live with• People being more tolerant, respectful, kind, helpful• It leads to people resolving problems more easily• It enhances physiological/psychological functioning• That pro-social behaviors increase
  18. 18. HOW TO INCREASE OUR SOCIAL CAPITAL MORE ONLY AS NEEDED Family Workers Friends StaffColleagues DoctorCo-Workers PsychologistClassmates PsychiatristNeighbours Social Worker Spouse
  19. 19. SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERS MUST COME FROM THOSE WHOWILL BENEFIT MOST FROM THE CHANGES: FIND YOUR VOICE!
  20. 20. LAUNCH EVENT NOVEMBER 19, 2010
  21. 21. Getting Heard……Sometimes Takes $$$
  22. 22. At our first board meeting we were talking about how important it is for peoplewith intellectual disabilities to have our voices heard. We asked Keenan to helpus making a t-shirt. The first ones we tried out just for the board. It was a bit hardto see the microphone, so now we have the white shirts and we are selling themto your members, everyone likes them a lot! In the car on the way here we cameup with another idea which is to give out an annual award to a self-advocatedand it would be called FOUND MY VOICE!
  23. 23. PRIORITY ITEMS DEVELOP OUR OWN BYLAWS People First of ESTABLISH OUR OWN BANKING Ottawa 2011-2012 RAISE MORE FUNDS INCREASE OUR MEMBERSHIP HOLD OUR FIRST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WE ALSO WANT TO…• LEARN MORE ABOUT INCORPORATION AND GETTING CHARITABLE STATUS• HOST MORE MOVIE NIGHTS TO PROMOTE DISCUSSION AND MEMBERSHIP• GO OUT AND SPEAK TO OTHER AGENCIES TO LET THEM KNOW ABOUT OUR WORK• RECRUIT ADDITIONAL ADVISORS WHO CAN ADD TO WHAT SUZANNE AND KEENAN OFFER• LOOK INTO GETTING OUR OWN OFFICE SPACE• GET SOME TRAINING ABOUT HOW TO BE GOOD BOARD MEMBERS
  24. 24. LAST BUT NOT LEAST WE’D LIKE TO HOST AN EVENT SO WE CAN INVITE PEOPLE LIKE YOU TO COME TO OTTAWA AND SPEND TIME WITH US!
  25. 25. Own Your Identity
  26. 26. Ownership Changes How People Think
  27. 27. People First: Where To Next?Jobs & IncomeFriends & SpousesRenting & Owning HomesBeing In Charge
  28. 28. Congratulations! Thank you!Famous Last Words

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