Jul
23
Tue
Audrey Cole – Supported Decision Making as an Alternative to Guardianship @ The Gathering Place
Jul 23 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Audrey Cole - Supported Decision Making as an Alternative to Guardianship @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

This month we will host another learning and sharing event along the theme of Recognizing Capacity. Join us on Tuesday July 23rd for an evening with Audrey Cole to discuss Supported Decision Making as an alternative to Guardianship. Currently, if someone is found to lack the capacity to understand complex legal decisions, they can be appointed a Guardian who then makes ALL decisions on their behalf. As a mother, a life long advocate, and a clear voice on the rights of all, Audrey will help us explore the everyday, far reaching, life-long implications of having one’s legal capacity transferred to another and discover more about alternative, less severe and more supportive arrangements for assisting people to be as fully involved as possible in the decisions that shape their lives.
Registration and refreshments from 6.30pm. Speaker begins at 7pm in The Gathering Place.
Audrey Cole is an activist, educator and lecturer with deep roots in the Community Living movement. The birth of her son Ian energized her interests in human rights, values and ethics, the social well-being of disadvantaged people and the social roles and responsibilities of voluntary associations. Known for her expertise on guardianship legislation and supported decision making and her work on genetic discrimination, she has written and spoken on these matters nationally and internationally. She was a member of the Ontario Attorney General’s Interim Advisory Committee on Substitute Decisions. In 1997, she was invested in the Order of Ontario in recognition of her activism on behalf of people with disabilities.

See and share the flyer here!

Aug
26
Mon
Making the Most of Funding – Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Aug 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most of Funding - Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most of Funding series here at DAFRS? 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
23
Mon
Making the Most of Funding – Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Sep 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most of Funding - Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most of Funding series here at DAFRS? 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
28
Sat
Social Devaluation and its Address – The Importance of Valued Social Roles @ The Gathering Place
Sep 28 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Social Devaluation and its Address - The Importance of Valued Social Roles @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada
The much anticipated one day  introduction to SRV is here again!
Join us as as we listen to a new way of understanding the lives of marginalized people – delving into understanding social roles and their influence on people’s lives.
This is a great workshop for anyone involved in the life of someone marginalized due to intellectual impairment, physical impairment, poverty, homelessness, age, and/or mental disorder. Whether you are a family member, friend, paid or unpaid supporter, advocate, teacher, board member, etc – all are welcome and encouraged.

Register here!

Oct
21
Mon
Introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV): A revised conceptualization of SRV including 10 related themes @ The Gathering Place
Oct 21 – Oct 24 all day

This workshop provides an introduction to Social Role Valorization (SRV) using the 10 core themes, developed by

Dr. W. Wolfensberger, considered one of the most influential thinkers in the field of intellectual impairment in the world. Dr. Wolfensberger’s work helped lay the foundation for many current human service trends, including integration, safeguarding of rights, and the deinstitutionalization movement.

SRV is a systematic and universally applicable concept for structuring human services strongly anchored in the empiricism of psychology, sociology, and long and broad human experience. SRV suggests a close relationship between the socially perceived value of the roles that people hold, and whether people in those roles will be accorded opportunities and other good things of life. Bad things tend to get done to people who are seen in devalued roles, and good things tend to be afforded to people in positively valued roles.

Topics to be explored will include the universality of social devaluation, the defining power of roles in people’s lives, strategies for pursuing socially valued roles, or at least less devalued roles for devalued people with an aim toward improving their life conditions, enhancing people’s social images, and enhancing people’s competencies.

Who the workshop is intended for:

This is a LEADERSHIP-oriented workshop and is therefore taught at a college-level, with long hours and hard work. The information presented is quite complex, requiring a systematic exposition of multiple ideas. It should be noted that while past SRV participants report that these are among the most demanding workshops they have attended, they rarely express dissatisfaction and, in fact, appreciate the workshop’s rigour and high level of engagement. People who attend should be prepared for an intellectual challenge. Anyone who is interested in the lives of people who are disenfranchised from society because of intellectual impairment, mental disorder, poverty, homelessness, autism, age (elders), physical impairment or learning impairment (children and adults) will find it relevant, whether they are service recipients, family members (including parents, siblings, and adult children), advocates, ordinary citizens, and paid or unpaid human service workers, planners and managers.

 Format of the workshop:

The workshop is taught in lecture format, with extensive use of slides. Time is built into the schedule for audience discussion and questions, although there are no small group exercises in this format. The schedule will be 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. each day.

The tuition is $575.00, which includes handouts, lunch and refreshments each day.  There will be a reduction of 15% if 3 or more people from the same group/organization register.

 Cancellation:

75% of fees will be returned up to 7 days prior to the workshop.  There will be no refund if less than 7 days notification.

 For more information:

Please contact Sandra Thomas 905-436-2500 ext. 2304 or email: registration@dafrs.com

For online information about SRV, go to http://www.socialrolevalorization.com/ OR www.srvip.org OR www.srv-sotg.ca/

Download the flyer and registration form here!

Oct
28
Mon
Making the Most of Funding – Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Oct 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most of Funding - Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most of Funding series here at DAFRS? 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!

Nov
25
Mon
Making the Most of Funding – Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Nov 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most of Funding - Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most of Funding series here at DAFRS? 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!

Dec
23
Mon
Making the Most of Funding – Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Dec 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most of Funding - Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most of Funding series here at DAFRS? 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!

Jan
27
Mon
Making the Most of Funding – Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Jan 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most of Funding - Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most of Funding series here at DAFRS? 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!

Feb
24
Mon
Making the Most of Funding – Study Group @ The Gathering Place
Feb 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Making the Most of Funding - Study Group @ The Gathering Place | Oshawa | Ontario | Canada

Have you completed one of the Making the Most of Funding series here at DAFRS? 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!