Today this skeleton key is a reminder of an era where locking people away was an accepted social policy. Thankfully, consistent advocacy has resulted in community inclusion being the accepted social policy. Inclusion is based on the belief that, when we include everyone in our community, we all benefit. People with developmental disabilities bring unique gifts and talents to the table, and when they are allowed to share them, everyone benefits. Through the continued advocacy of organizations and individuals, we can continue to move forward, unlock the power of inclusion, and create a world where everyone has access to the key that unlocks their full potential.
Recently, I had the opportunity to work with my staff to create a mission statement for our support workers. Although it had more to do with the philosophy of our team, I was reminded how important these statements are for providing direction and inspiration when we work at goal setting. Here is the example of
Proactive Support Work At Abilities, we train and use the Seven Habits of Effective Support Work to provide a model for effective support work. The first habit of Highly Effective Support work is to Be A Proactive Support Worker. This habit teaches that support workers need to be responsible for their development and the
7 Habits Revisited If a book sells over 25 million copies and is translated into 40 different languages, it can be said with some certainty that it may contain a useful messages. But, in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey presents much more than just a useful message. He introduces life -
ShopAbilities was founded in 2018 as an extension of the Abilities Community Inclusion Program, which has been supporting adults with developmental disabilities in Victoria B.C. since 1998. Our vision is to give people with developmental disabilities the opportunity to gain meaningful employment and increasing community connections. This vision is complemented by our