Valuing Lives, Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization Documentary Discussion






Ted Ideas Worth Spreading for the special needs community

TED is a global set of conferences formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading.”
Originally TED’s emphasis was on technology and design. The conferences now address an increasingly wide range of topics within the practice of science and culture. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
Among these VIP’s are a number of people who have ideas worth spreading for the special needs community.
Check out these great TED talks:

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

Autism activist Temple Grandin talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

Stephen Volan: Approaching Autism Theatrically

Until Stephen Volan was diagnosed in 2002 with Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of 37, he had no way to address his difficulties navigating the minefields of society and the workplace. Holding jobs, maintaining close relationships, or reading faces and body language were all exercises in paralysis-inducing doubt and frustration.
Thanks to a serendipitous theater class at Second City in Chicago, Stephan has learned to rely on a skill he knew how to use without hesitation: being playful.

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning — creating conditions where kids’ natural talents can flourish.

Alicia Arenas: Recognizing Glass Children

Having a brother with autism and another to a terminal illness, Alicia Arenas never knew a normal childhood. Expected to always put on a brave face, Arenas played the role of good girl on the outside.
On the inside, however, she was dying. In this heart-wrenching talk, Arenas tells parents of children with special needs — and their surrounding community — to stop looking through the siblings of children with special needs.

Sheila Nirenberg: A prosthetic eye to treat blindness

Sheila Nirenberg shows a bold way to create sight in people with certain kinds of blindness: by hooking into the optic nerve and sending signals from a camera direct to the brain.

Aditi Shankardass: A second opinion on learning disorders

Developmental disorders in children are typically diagnosed by observing behavior, but Aditi Shankardass knew that we should be looking directly at their brains. She explains how a remarkable EEG device has revealed mistaken diagnoses and transformed children’s lives.

Chris Klein: seeing unique abilities

Chris Klein is a voice to those that have none and helping hand to those with disabilities, even though he was born with cerebral palsy and uses augmentative communication to help him interact with the rest of the world. Over the past four years, Chris has been working closely with people that use AAC. He has recently been elected president of USSAAC (United States Society of Augmentative Alternative Communication). He has also formed an organization called BeCOME AAC. It stands for Building Connections with Others through Mentoring and Education about AAC. Chris is a graduate of Hope College and has studied at Western Theological Seminary. He currently lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Dawn.

LHIN invests more than $1.4 M in local seniors and dementia care

Finlandia Village to receive $480,000 for a program to support residents with dementia
19 h by: Jonathan Migneault
Angela Harvey, an administrator with Finlandia Village, said $480,000 in funding from the North East LHIN will allow the facility to hire more staff, including a registered nurse, at least two registered practical nurses, and personal support workers to increase the level of care seniors with dementia will receive. Photo by Jonathan Migneault.
The North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) announced an investment of more than $1.4 million to provide additional support for seniors with advanced dementia, and provide assisted living services for older adults through several programs and organizations.
Finlandia Village’s Hoivakoti long-term care home received $480,000 to create a new Enhanced Care Seniors Support Program for seniors with dementia.
Angela Harvey, an administrator with Finlandia Village, said the funding will allow the facility to hire more staff, including a registered nurse, at least two registered practical nurses, and personal support workers to increase the level of care seniors with dementia will receive.
Harvey said the program is in its early stages, and will start to accept new residents for a separate home area in November.
“The main difference will be the enhanced staffing we will have in there,” Harvey said.
The home area will be able to host eight residents who will receive more one-on-one care and additional support programs to help residents with responsive behaviours in dementia.
“It will help decrease their responsive behaviours,” Harvey said.
Responsive behaviours can include changes in a person’s mood, or a range of behavioural issues ranging from verbal and physical responses to a person with dementia wandering and searching for an exit.
The North East LHIN also announced March of Dimes will receive $400,000 to provide assisted living services for seniors in the Valley East area and the Canadian Red Cross will receive $400,000 to support seniors living in communities along Highway 144, from Azilda to Levack.
In addition, another $200,000 in will be used to support seniors with assisted living services upon discharge from hospital. This funding will go to various providers across the city, including the Independence Centre and Network (ICAN), March of Dimes, Canadian Red Cross and Ukrainian Seniors.
ref: by: Jonathan Migneault