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Thursday, 12 February 2015


Children’s Books Honored For Disability Storylines
Michelle Diament, Disability Scoop, 5th February 2015
The winners of this year’s Schneider Family Book Awards include tales of a boy who stutters, a girl with autism and young adults with intellectual disabilities during transition.

The Schneider awards are presented annually by the American Library Association to authors or illustrators for the “artistic expression of the disability experience.” One award is given for works aimed at each of three audiences — kids up to age 8, those ages 9 to 13 and teens.

Fasten Your Seatbelt - short videos
A series of very short videos featuring Brian Skotko and Sue Levine  discussing single topics from their well loved book for siblings, could be useful for discussion with siblings, about one thing at a time.

These resources are designed specifically for professional support workers:
' ... an online learning resource developed specifically for disability support workers. The resource provides an introduction to Person Centred Active Support - a way of working that enables everyone, no matter what their level of intellectual or physical disability, to make choices and participate in meaningful activities and social relationships.'
Produced as a collaboration between Greystanes Disability Services and the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University, funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry.

Service, Support and Success
The first two 2015 issues of Service, Support and Success, a valuable Canadian newsletter for direct support workers, are now freely available online:

Dave Hingsburger, Service, Support and Success, Vol 4, issue 1, January 2015
... As someone who is now a care recipient, I’ve learned a lot about what it is to be on the other side of another’s Paid care, and as much as we say ‘we work for people with disabilities’... when receiving care, it never, ever feels that way ... There are those, however, who provide care in such a way that, while I may not feel like the employer, I don’t feel like the lesser, I don’t feel like a passive participant in the process.

I’m going to list a few of the things that those who help me, in a helpful way, leave me feeling simply helped and never lessened ...

Yona Lunsky, Service, Support and Success, Vol 4, issue 2, February 2015
... Sometimes when we have an interaction that is difficult, we put it on the person, especially when we feel like we are being criticized by them. But chances are, if the family is giving us a hard time, they are having a hard time ...

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