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Community Connections

Updated December, 2014

Curriculum Description
Developed by Mary Lou Bourne & Michael Smull

This interactive training will provide information and skill development activities.  Helping people develop their interests, the audience will experience several techniques and tools for determining where a person might start to be connected, and how to plan for the support needed for success.   

Who should attend:

  • Professionals and family members or other providers of support for people with developmental disabilities. 
  • Persons interested in learning tools and techniques to establish meaningful connections between members of the community and people who need support. 
  • Paid staff or support coordinators who write plans to support people in community based activities

What will be learned: 

  • Methods for determining opportunities in the community for people to belong and be welcomed.
  • Understanding the difference between attending an event, and belonging to a group; 
  • How to move from simply being present, to fully participating in the person’s own community, as he or she would define community.
  • Methods for identifying how best to support a person in activities that match their personal interests
  • Methods for establishing action plans to identify success