Sep
24
Thu
Addressing Social Devaluation: The Importance of Valued Social Roles @ Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre
Sep 24 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Addressing Social Devaluation: The Importance of Valued Social Roles @ Manresa Jesuit Spiritual Renewal Centre | Pickering | Ontario | Canada

For many, this workshop will present a new way of understanding the lives of marginalized people. Social devaluation is presented as the crucial problem and then this workshop looks at some of the wounding experiences that fill their lives and the impact these experiences have .

With this new understanding, workshop participants typically start to ask “what should I do?” Participants will be introduced to social roles and their influence and how helping devalued people to fill valued social roles is a useful means to address social devaluation.

The concepts explained in this workshop are all derived from the theory of Social Role Valorization (SRV) developed by Wolf Wolfensberger, PhD. This one-day workshop can be thought of as an “introduction” to introductory training in SRV theory, which is taught in a 4 day workshop, and which all participants of this one-day workshop who want to learn more about SRV are encouraged to attend.

See the full flyer here!

Thinking it Through: What is “school” going to look like for my child this year? @ Online Event
Sep 24 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Thinking it Through: What is "school" going to look like for my child this year? @ Online Event

Although this school year looks very different to what parents had imagined for their child, it is important to remember children are resilient and will continue to learn, grow and thrive!

Last month, parents had to make the difficult decision between the traditional classroom and home based learning.  How is your child enjoying the school year? What is working well for your family? What are the challenges? What community resources are available and how can we access them?

Join together with families on September 24 2020 from 6:30 – 7:30pm to “think it through TOGETHER” by sharing your thoughts, concerns, and ideas on maximizing learning at home and in the classroom.

 

Sep
28
Mon
Building a Context for Relationship @ Online via Zoom!
Sep 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Building a Context for Relationship @ Online via Zoom!

When COVID hit and Brent’s active week was greatly sidelined, innovative thinking from his family and team helped him move away from what was not possible to what was now possible. The thinking and planning were based on the same strategies as before COVID, just shifted into the new reality. With assistance, Brent started to pay attention to a number of elderly neighbours who were isolated and likely a bit lonely during the lockdown and after. He began to write and send them inspiring notes and cards that he dropped off in their mailbox on a regular basis. They began to look forward to his drop offs and when restrictions loosened a bit he began to enjoy an even-deeper sense of belonging in his neighoburhood. Becoming a caring neighbour who contributed to the well-being of others provide him with a meaningful role, growing relationships and a stronger sense of belonging.

Things are different right now – we are operating in a “new” normal. And while some things have changed, some things have remained the same. One of those consistent staples: people need relationships to be well and thrive in life. Although we need to rethink how we go about our day to day – there are lots of ways we can still plan and take next steps towards ensuring people are exploring and discovering opportunities for welcome, engagement and relationship that exist, today, in our communities!

The thinking and planning behind Brent’s story are the kinds of skills and mindset that are taught and learned in our workshop, Building a Context for Relationship. This is a workshop that we normally offer face-to-face, in our office or a community space. It is one of our favourite events, as it offers effective and practical ideas and generates conversation that can really make a difference in the relationship landscape of people’s lives.

We are excited to pivot this learning opportunity to an online format and believe that especially in these times people need to see how to move forward in small, achievable and impactful ways. There is much that even busy people can do to ensure that people have purpose, a sense of identity, ability to make contributions to family and neighbourhood, and remain firmly anchored in their communities in ways that matter.

Come as a family member who wants to know more. Come as a supporter who wants new and powerful ideas during these times, Consider even attending this event “with” a small group of family members, supporters and allies who sign up and remain in a “group” throughout the workshop. We will look at what it takes to bring about the two elements that will make the most significant difference in peoples’ lives: valued roles and relationship. You will hear stories to stretch your imagination, learn a basic framework that you can begin to use, and have time for brain-storming, and working through ideas.

Spaces are limited – register today!!

Making the Most Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Sep 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most series here at DFR? If so, you are welcome to join the study group happening once a month. This time will be spent delving more deeply into some of the topics covered in the series. If there is something you wanted to work through, an idea, an interest, an opportunity – this is the place to get some feedback and support to do so!

Give Laura a call or email if you’d like to know more, or to RSVP!

Sep
29
Tue
Building a Context for Relationship @ Online via Zoom!
Sep 29 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Building a Context for Relationship @ Online via Zoom!

When COVID hit and Brent’s active week was greatly sidelined, innovative thinking from his family and team helped him move away from what was not possible to what was now possible. The thinking and planning were based on the same strategies as before COVID, just shifted into the new reality. With assistance, Brent started to pay attention to a number of elderly neighbours who were isolated and likely a bit lonely during the lockdown and after. He began to write and send them inspiring notes and cards that he dropped off in their mailbox on a regular basis. They began to look forward to his drop offs and when restrictions loosened a bit he began to enjoy an even-deeper sense of belonging in his neighoburhood. Becoming a caring neighbour who contributed to the well-being of others provide him with a meaningful role, growing relationships and a stronger sense of belonging.

Things are different right now – we are operating in a “new” normal. And while some things have changed, some things have remained the same. One of those consistent staples: people need relationships to be well and thrive in life. Although we need to rethink how we go about our day to day – there are lots of ways we can still plan and take next steps towards ensuring people are exploring and discovering opportunities for welcome, engagement and relationship that exist, today, in our communities!

The thinking and planning behind Brent’s story are the kinds of skills and mindset that are taught and learned in our workshop, Building a Context for Relationship. This is a workshop that we normally offer face-to-face, in our office or a community space. It is one of our favourite events, as it offers effective and practical ideas and generates conversation that can really make a difference in the relationship landscape of people’s lives.

We are excited to pivot this learning opportunity to an online format and believe that especially in these times people need to see how to move forward in small, achievable and impactful ways. There is much that even busy people can do to ensure that people have purpose, a sense of identity, ability to make contributions to family and neighbourhood, and remain firmly anchored in their communities in ways that matter.

Come as a family member who wants to know more. Come as a supporter who wants new and powerful ideas during these times, Consider even attending this event “with” a small group of family members, supporters and allies who sign up and remain in a “group” throughout the workshop. We will look at what it takes to bring about the two elements that will make the most significant difference in peoples’ lives: valued roles and relationship. You will hear stories to stretch your imagination, learn a basic framework that you can begin to use, and have time for brain-storming, and working through ideas.

Spaces are limited – register today!!

Oct
9
Fri
Bio-Medical Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Oct 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Bio-Medical Study Group is a group of family and community members who find it inspiring, helpful, and personally rewarding to talk with each other about our own experiences and share new information all about optimal health, balance and well-being. We think about wellness in terms of food and nutrition, making sure sensory needs are met, figuring out mindful and conscious approaches, or looking at what recent research can tell us about medications, seizures, digestive issues and more.

Our conversation focuses on the whole person and how people may respond with more or less sensitivity to their environment, including diet and nutrition, brain coherence, sensory integration issues, the calmness or agitation of those around them, and more.

The group has been meeting monthly for over a year and is open and welcomes new participants! We meet at The Gathering Place (20-850 King St. W, Oshawa), the second Friday of each month at 10am.  Please RSVP your attendance to jklees@dafrs.com so that we can plan a successful morning.

Oct
14
Wed
Imagining Home Meeting @ The Gathering Place
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Imagining Home Meeting @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Thinking About Housing for a Loved One with a Disability?

Imagining Home is a group of like-minded people delving into finding and creating “home” for a loved one with a disability. This group has been meeting monthly for a number of years and is interested in discussing all things housing!

Interested in coming out? New members are welcome! Get in touch with Erin prior to a meeting so she can catch you up so you get the most out of the meetings.

Oct
26
Mon
Medical Safeguarding Everyday, and In Time of Pandemic @ Online via Zoom
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Southern Ontario Training Group
and co-sponsor Durham Association for Family Resources and Support
In conjunction with the Social Role Valorization Implementation Project Presents

Medical Safeguarding Everyday, and In Time of Pandemic:
a three part series using video conferencing technology.

This workshop will be particularly helpful for family members and human service professionals who accompany people with intellectual and/or other impairments in obtaining medical care.

The workshop is inspired by the work of the late Dr. W. Wolfensberger of the Syracuse Training Institute, as well as on the practical experiences of clinicians, family members, and advocates. It explores the unpleasant and paradoxical reality that anyone who is hospitalized is exposed to grave dangers, which jeopardize that person’s health and safety. This is a reality for all ill people in the hospital, including valued citizens, but is especially ominous for people who are members of a socially disadvantaged class, including those who are elderly and/or impaired.

We offer guidance, from the perspective of an advocate, a nurse, and a person with a disability who manages her own practical care, for what is to be done to help ensure good outcomes. The workshop will offer some practical information and several examples of necessary guidelines and measures for protecting people in the hospital. It will also explore the practical challenges of supporting people during a pandemic, especially in light of the restrictive policies limiting patient accompaniment.

Session 1: General Perils in Modern Hospitals  – Monday, October 26, 2020, 1:00-4:00 pm EDT

Session 2: Specific Perils Faced by People with Impairments in Hospitals, and What Can Be Done About It   – Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 1:00-4:00 pm EDT

Session 3: Protective Measures During Pandemic  – Friday, October 30,1:00-4:00 pm EDT

The workshop will be take place using Zoom video conferencing technology. It will be presented in lecture format and will include opportunities for some discussion with the presenters.

Making the Most Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Oct 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most series here at DFR? If so, you are welcome to join the study group happening once a month. This time will be spent delving more deeply into some of the topics covered in the series. If there is something you wanted to work through, an idea, an interest, an opportunity – this is the place to get some feedback and support to do so!

Give Laura a call or email if you’d like to know more, or to RSVP!

Oct
28
Wed
Medical Safeguarding Everyday, and In Time of Pandemic @ Online via Zoom
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Southern Ontario Training Group
and co-sponsor Durham Association for Family Resources and Support
In conjunction with the Social Role Valorization Implementation Project Presents

Medical Safeguarding Everyday, and In Time of Pandemic:
a three part series using video conferencing technology.

This workshop will be particularly helpful for family members and human service professionals who accompany people with intellectual and/or other impairments in obtaining medical care.

The workshop is inspired by the work of the late Dr. W. Wolfensberger of the Syracuse Training Institute, as well as on the practical experiences of clinicians, family members, and advocates. It explores the unpleasant and paradoxical reality that anyone who is hospitalized is exposed to grave dangers, which jeopardize that person’s health and safety. This is a reality for all ill people in the hospital, including valued citizens, but is especially ominous for people who are members of a socially disadvantaged class, including those who are elderly and/or impaired.

We offer guidance, from the perspective of an advocate, a nurse, and a person with a disability who manages her own practical care, for what is to be done to help ensure good outcomes. The workshop will offer some practical information and several examples of necessary guidelines and measures for protecting people in the hospital. It will also explore the practical challenges of supporting people during a pandemic, especially in light of the restrictive policies limiting patient accompaniment.

Session 1: General Perils in Modern Hospitals  – Monday, October 26, 2020, 1:00-4:00 pm EDT

Session 2: Specific Perils Faced by People with Impairments in Hospitals, and What Can Be Done About It   – Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 1:00-4:00 pm EDT

Session 3: Protective Measures During Pandemic  – Friday, October 30,1:00-4:00 pm EDT

The workshop will be take place using Zoom video conferencing technology. It will be presented in lecture format and will include opportunities for some discussion with the presenters.