Who Are You? Why are you here?

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
4 months ago
124 posts

You came to this Discussion Category because you care about inclusive and welcoming communities. Please feel free to introduce yourself and tell us about something exciting you are involved with.


updated by @deb-wisniewski: 11/08/16 09:12:37AM
marnieharris
@marnieharris
3 months ago
2 posts

Hi Everyone, my name is Marnie Harris and I work at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA with the EXCEL program, a four year certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities (www.excel.gatech.edu)

I recently wrote a blog post on using an ABCD approach to build a Peer Support Network - http://serve-learn-sustain.gatech.edu/csls-blog. Would love to hear thoughts or see examples of people who are doing similar things! 

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
3 months ago
124 posts

Hi Marnie - It was great reading your blog. I have long been interested in the connections between a strength-based support model and ABCD. I love reading about work that is closely connected to what I've been doing. It seems to me that they both start by sharing a common values base - that both build upon the gifts and talents of individuals. 

I believe that there are a number of challenges for the strength-based support model, one of which is to get beyond "interested."  I often see an effort to identify the interests of individuals with disabilities using person-centered planning, but then the process can stall after that. Many people don't seem to know what do do after identifying interests. For example, rather than thinking about the interests as a way to contribute to the community and to build relationships, I see what I call "drive-by" community. That is, support staff may not know how to connect people with disabilities to meaningful community roles, even after identifying interests. I think ABCD is a key practice  that can help us make the leap from from shallow connections to real contributions and the development of mutually beneficial relationships. 

I've been doing some training in this area and would welcome a chance to talk with you about this. Let me know if you'd like to connect sometime. Also, I'm wondering if you know of the Cutting Edge Program at Edgewood College here in Madison Wisconsin. I know a number of people who have been or are currently involved in that program, if you'd like to know more about it.

Keep up the good work. It sounds very interesting and exciting.

Deb

marnieharris
@marnieharris
3 months ago
2 posts

Hi Deb- I totally agree with you about the "drive-by" community. I think in the same way that ABCD seeks a results driven approach to actually capitalize on people's strengths, we can do to facilitate inclusion. 

I would be glad to be introduced to the Cutting Edge program staff. It looks like their website is down. 

Thanks for reaching out! 

keith kelley
@keith-kelley
2 months ago
9 posts

my name is keith kelley....a few years go, i retired from working with community volunteer groups in new york state through service with the state substance abuse agency and correctional department.  it involved mobilizing community volunteers as well as bridging relationships between large agencies and community volunteers and their groups.  further, for the past 25 years, i've been teaching community building  for leaders of wilderness treks - sort of a "soft" skill in what is often considered a truly "hard" skill environment.  my introduction to ABCD came from attending programs conducted by mike greene, henry moore and bob francis.

why am i here?  first, it may be mindless momentum; but, it is blended with a sense of my rural area "coasting" along to whatever tomorrow brings - a future that may be short of citizen intention and effort...so, maybe i'm here looking for a spark.

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
2 months ago
124 posts

Hi Keith -  Welcome! I hope you'll find.. and share!... many sparks here at ABCD in Action. This community is like your neighborhood - it depends on the involvement of all who are a part of it. Let us know if you have any questions about how to participate here. We're glad you're here!

Deb

keith kelley
@keith-kelley
one month ago
9 posts

thanks, deb -

interesting to see friends getting ready to march on washington with not much plans for what to do after it is over....reminded of jack kornfield's title:  after the ecstasy; the laundry

Deb Wisniewski
@deb-wisniewski
one month ago
124 posts

keith kelley:

thanks, deb -

interesting to see friends getting ready to march on washington with not much plans for what to do after it is over....reminded of jack kornfield's title:  after the ecstasy; the laundry

Love it! 

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