We are pleased to announce that we have invited John and Connie Lyle O’Brien to come to Kalamazoo on March 16 and 17, 2011 to help facilitate discussions and assist us as we continue to broaden our community support network - Building a Community of Belonging. They are internationally known for their work in communities to expand support for individuals with disabilities. John and Connie Lyle O'Brien visited Kalamazoo in the 1980's and have written a number of publications about serving people with disabilities and community building.
Here is an excerpt from one of their papers: UNFOLDING CAPACITY: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR ALLIES BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES TOGETHER As we come to understand it, community building happens when people step outside the roles prescribed by the formal and informal administrative structures and the assumptions that typically organize life for people with substantial disabilities. Distinctions between staff and clients and family members and ordinary citizens dissolve as the familiar patters of interaction that maintain them shift, and people discover new possibilities for shared action. (Full Story)
For more information about The O’Briens and to read more of their articles visit PUBLICATIONS BY JOHN O'BRIEN AND CONNIE LYLE O'BRIEN
Mark your calendars for March 16th and 17th - you won't want to miss out on being part of this two day event!