Many times we get inspiration and ideas from what other people have done. Have a look at these videos to see some stories and ideas about how people who have disabilities have lived their lives and made new connections.
NightLife is a unique service supporting people who have phyiscal disabilities over night. Supporting them in ways that make sense in the context of their lives and supporting them to keep living at home.
Against the odds – One man’s desire to experience it all.
Mark Rostoks is an inspiration. No video but well worth reading the story of his bucket lists.
To cut a long story short I myself have spent a fair bit of time in hospital, and I guess you could say that I got a little bit sick of watching the world go by. So I simply started to write down a list of all the things I wanted to do when I got out; or that I felt like I was missing out on – kissing beautiful women, running a half-marathon; just fun stuff really! And unmistakably I’m a pretty ambitious bloke so choosing 150 of these things wasn’t too hard at all – I mean really I had to go one better than the quintessential 100 things.
Janet Klees is a fantastic and inspirational person who supports people and communities in a small service in Canada. She has some great examples of supports developed in the context of peoles lives. In this short video she talks about the some strategies to help build relationships for people with disability.
”Not Acceptable” is a powerful and compelling 30 second public service announcement which gives voice to a variety of diverse communities each of whom expresses that it is not acceptable to call them by what were once common words, but are now recognized as offensive slurs.
We have used this video a few time as part of talks to younger people about people with disabilities. Five siblings of individuals with Down syndrome in Idaho’s Treasure Valley volunteered to help us spread the word that their brother or sister with Down syndrome is not defined by their disability.
Janet Klees has over 20 years of experience in helping people with a disability and their families build good lives in their local community. In this second video from Janet, she talks about the importance of relationships.
Creating and maintaining a life of dignity, worth and contribution for a person with a profound intellectual disability takes imagination, courage and tenacity. Sally Richards has been doing this for her son Jackson West for several years; she will continue to do it until one of them is no longer of this world.