In case you missed it, we have included video links from some of the sessions held at this year’s Annual Conference.
S.T.A.R. – Rights and Abuse Training
Stop Think Act Report (S.T.A.R.) is a program that focuses on rights and abuse training that is presented in an interactive manner. It concentrates on five forms of abuse; Verbal, Physical, Sexual, Financial, and Neglect. They empower the people receiving the training on how to recognize abuse, stand up for themselves, report the abuse and get out of abusive situations. Additionally, they discuss rights and responsibilities and how the two are equally important in everyday life.
The session was run by a team of three self-advocate and two staff mentors from the People Helping People Achieve group. They discussed the five types of abuse and take time focusing on each one and how to respond to abuse. This interactive workshop included games, Q & A, role play, videos and a PowerPoint presentation.
PEDCC Session – From Sheltered Programs to Competitive Employment and Building a Full and Rich Life
This session explored the current state of employment services for people with an intellectual disability and how to create meaningful opportunities to enrich people’s lives beyond their work day. Panelists discussed employment in detail – the opportunities, current strategies to engage employers, the ideal service delivery model, what success looks like and transition strategies in moving from sheltered program models. The session also explored other community-based opportunities that help comprise a full and rich life.
What’s on Your Mind?
In this interactive session, attendees were asked to participate in discussions on priority topics identified by the Council: Bullying and Euthanasia (Assisted Suicide). This session included group brainstorming, sharing of personal views and experiences, debates and concluded with ideas on how to address each issue. Attendees were given the option to join an email list in order to receive updates regarding the progress of the plans and ideas discussed. The Council also used this opportunity to introduce themselves and relay the importance the role of Council plays within local associations and province wide.