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Our nearly-yearly staff retreats are important to LiveWorkPlay not only to build hope and resiliency in the staff team through education and team-building, but for identifying opportunities and concerns, and making plans for addressing them.
Over the years the team has helped establish priorities and strategies that have ensured LiveWorkPlay remains on the leading-edge, not only with respect to our direct supports to individuals, but also our ability to help the community welcome people with intellectual disabilities to live, work, and play as valued citizens.
One of the key activities for this year's two-day retreat was a formal presentation and discussion of what we are calling the LiveWorkPlay Theory of Social Change. LiveWorkPlay has been engaged in a Theory of Change (TOC) process since October of 2013.
We believe that people with intellectual disabilities are not broken. We believe that members that make up our community have not had the chance to welcome
and build meaningful reciprocal relationships with people with intellectual disabilities, and as a result everyone is missing out.
We believe the answers to including people who have been excluded lies in the abundance of opportunities that lie in the community rather than creating special
places and programs for excluded people to go.
LiveWorkPlay helps people with and without disabilities to connect, build relationships and enjoy what the community has to offer. We help people with intellectual disabilities to find opportunities to be valued neighbours, employees, teammates, community contributors, friends, husbands, wives, and more!
Often people without disabilities living in the community are looking for opportunities and help with how to welcome and include a person with an intellectual disability in a neighbourhood, apartment building, workplace, sports league, gym, or club – LiveWorkPlay can help!
Often people with disabilities are looking for help with how to find an affordable place to live, organizing support to live there, to find and keep a paid job, to contribute as a volunteer to non-profit organizations, to participate in ordinary recreation, sports and leisure activities, and meet new people and develop friendships - LiveWorkPlay can help!
The staff retreat 2014 was highly successful. There were moments of joy as well as moments of concern, which is appropriate to our work. While our members continue to move forward in their lives, generating daily cause for celebration, the world remains a complicated place, with choices, rewards, and risks that have not been a part of the lives of those with intellectual disabilities, their family, or other supporters who came before.
We must recognize with all due humility that we are also along for the ride. In the end, an inclusive society is not rooted in the mandate or activities of any one agency or collection of agencies.