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Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Rhode Island College, Providence, RI 02908, 401-456-8072

Person-Centered Workshops

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The following workshops are open RI organizations and self-directed support users interested in creating organizations and supports for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities built on the concepts of Person-Centered Thinking.

Space is limited; register early.

Building a Person Directed InfrastructurePDF image 413 kb (PDF)
Chelo's Hometown Bar & Grille, 2225 Post Road, Warwick
October 23, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Register by October 18th.
There is a $20 fee to cover lunch. The fee may be waived upon request to the Sherlock Center.

Presenters: Patti Scott and David Hasbury, Neighbours Inc.
The way that we think is shaped by how we are organized, and the way we are organized is shaped by what we think. For more than 30 years we have been influenced by the language of "person centered" thinking, planning, and support. With a focus on citizenship, person centered thinking requires that we consider organizing our resources differently...our organizations, support people, funding, and housing, need to align with the visions, dreams, and goals of people with developmental disabilities, and the families and people who love them. We will explore what this kind of re-organization can look like through the stories of the people that Neighbours Inc. works for in New Jersey, and in other states and countries.

Patty Scott
Patti Scott has worked for people with disabilities for more than 30 years. In 1995, she co-founded Neighbours, Inc., an innovative non-profit organization created specifically to support people with disabilities and their families in choosing and designing a life for themselves within their local towns and neighborhoods. Patti is internationally recognized for her cutting edge leadership in designing and leading an organizational culture that is focused on working as partners with people and their families as they direct their own lives, homes, personal assistants, and funding. Patti has led Neighbours in developing Self-Directed options in Supported Living, Support Brokerage, Fiscal Intermediary Services, Support Coordination, and an Agency With Choice. She has consulted, and guided learning experiences, throughout the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Croatia, Malta, Australia, and New Zealand. Patti is a "passionate pragmatist", deeply committed to assisting people in "figuring out" how people with disabilities can direct own lives, and find their place as valued contributing citizens and community members.

David Hasbury
David Hasbury has been committed to engaging the power of CoCreation --- people gathering together to creatively shape the world around them. In 2008 Dave began working for Neighbours Inc. and Neighbours International. Dave collaborates with Patti Scott (Neighbours C.E.O.), his wife and partner, in supporting people with disabilities, families, communities, organizations, and governments in making it possible to live as contributing citizens and community members, where all can make a difference. Dave has worked extensively with diverse groups, large and small (6-1000) interested in youth, people with disabilities, community development, cultural diversity, the arts, inclusive education, literacy, health and social services, social planning, coalition building, and community.

Developing Community Connections and Supports PDF image 407 kb (PDF)
Chelo's Hometown Bar & Grille, Post Road, Warwick
November 27 and 28, 2017
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Register by November 17th.
There is a $35 fee to cover lunch on both days. The fee may be waived upon request to the Sherlock Center.

Presenters: Erik Carter, Vanderbilt University Angela Novak Amado, University of Minnesota
This two day workshop will discuss the importance of community connections in developing individualized person-centered community supports. Topics to be discussed include Belonging and Community Inclusion; Using Community Conversations as a way of Engaging Communities to Open Up New Partners and Opportunities; Engaging Community Organizations; Community Mapping and Friends Connecting People with Disabilities and Community Members. These topics will describe practical strategies for broadening individual community connections and developing a network of community opportunities and natural supports.

Erik Carter
Erik Carter, Ph.D., is Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles in school, work and community settings for children and adults with intellectual disability, autism, and multiple disabilities. Prior to receiving his doctorate, Dr. Carter worked as a high school teacher and transition specialist. He has published widely in the areas of educational and transition services for children and youth with disabilities. He is the recipient of awards from the Council for Exceptional Children, the American Association for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Division on Career Development and Transition, the Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. He is an active member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center and invests in collaborative partnerships across the university, state, and country.

Angela Novak Amado
Dr. Angela Amado, of the University of Minnesota's Institute on Community Integration, has worked in the field of disability for over 40 years in a variety of capacities, including national research, direct support, international consulting, and government policy. She is also the Executive Director of the Human Services Research and Development Center. For more than twenty-five years, she has worked on strategies to bring individuals with disabilities together with ordinary community members in friendships and relationships to promote fully inclusive communities. She is internationally known for her key books on friendships between individuals with disabilities and community members, and has provided training across the U.S., and in Canada, Australia, Israel, and several European countries, concerning inclusion, community membership, person-centered planning and self-determination.


Building a Person Directed Infrastructure
October 23, 2017

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grille
2225 Post Road, Warwick RI
Register by October 18th
$20 Fee includes lunch

Print Flyer PDF image 413 kb (PDF)
Register Online

Developing Community Connections and Supports
November 27 & 28, 2017
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Chelo’s Hometown Bar & Grille
2225 Post Road, Warwick RI
Register by November 17th
$35 Fee includes lunch

Print Flyer PDF image 407 kb (PDF)
Register Online

Accommodations Requests:

If you need a reasonable accommodation (ASL Interpreter, materials in an alternate manner, etc.) to fully participate in an event, please make your request known when you register or contact Elaine Sollecito at the Sherlock Center.

Registration Questions?

Elaine Sollecito: esollecito@ric.edu

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