Facilitating An Everyday Life

by John Lord, Barbara Leavitt, Charlotte Dingwall

Independent facilitation is an emerging craft. Facilitators in the New Story believe that community is always the answer. We reject approaches that do not lead people to relationships in their community. And while independent facilitation may touch the service system to access supports for a person, it is independent of agendas, expectations, and accountabilities of service systems.

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Pathways To Inclusion 2nd ed.

by: John Lord, Peggy Hutchison

Human service organizations are examined, pinpointing common characteristics that have led to improved quality of life for people with disabilities and other vulnerable citizens. This book discusses discriminatory social policy and outlines characteristics of pathways to inclusion, detailing the need for social innovation to support vulnerable citizens from exclusion to social inclusion.

Friends & Inclusion:
Five Approaches to Building Relationships

by: Peggy Hutchison and John Lord, with Karen Lord

Peggy, John & Karen describe their personal search and exploration of five approaches to building the good life that Karen enjoys. Their frank assessment is instructive and will assist individuals, families and organizations to be more responsive in the most important assignment of a lifetime – building a network of relationships, so we lead full lives as engaged, participating and contributing citizens, and don’t end up being isolated bystanders. Let Karen be your mentor. She has it figured out for herself – with a little help from her friends.

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Make A Difference

by John O’Brien & Beth Mount
with contributions from Peter Leidy & Bruce Blaney

Make A Difference was developed in collaboration with people with developmental disabilities and families, direct support workers and managers.The book guides a Learning Journey that supports action-learning about relationship building, planning with people in a person-centered way, supporting choice, & building community inclusion.

Planning for Real Life After School

by: Gary Bunch, Kevin Finnegan, and Jack Pearpoint

This book is about transition from school to work. It has research that confirms what we all know: that for individuals with disabilities, the close collaboration between families, teachers and students facing ‘transition to work’ is rare. When done well, it works, but it seldom happens. What is different is that this is a proposal for collaboration without blaming – a good tool for all parties

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Planning for Real Life After School
(plain language edition)

by: Gary Bunch, Kevin Finnegan, and Jack Pearpoint

This  Plain Language edition was co-edited by authors from People First of Ontario. For people with second language issues and/or learning difficulties, the Plain Language may be useful.

The PATH & MAPS Handbook:
Person-Centered Ways to Build Community

by: John O’Brien, Jack Pearpoint and Lynda Kahn

This handbook reflects what we have learned since Jack and John and Marsha wrote the Path Workbook in 1995. It provides a stronger foundation for path and maps by connecting person-centered planning to the work of community building. It makes the basis for good facilitation more explicit and suggests some ways that facilitators can improve their practice.  It emphasizes creative work with imagery as integral to the process of exploring people’s gifts and highest purposes.

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ABCD in Action:
When People Care Enough to Act

by: Mike Green with Henry Moore and John O’Brien

These materials support a practical approach to creating community collaborations that work. Enriching each other, the book and the DVD provide clear exposition of ABCD organizing principles and best practices, examples of ABCD organizing in action, learning exercises, worksheets, and reflections from experienced practitioners of ABCD organizing.

A Little Book About Person Centered Planning

John O’Brien & Connie Lyle O’Brien – Editors

This book offers ways to think about person-centered planning, its limitations, the conditions for its success. Leading thinkers and practitioners, including Judith Snow, Michael Smull, Beth Mount, Herb Lovett, Marsha Forest and Jack Pearpoint, and John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien.



Who’s Drawing the Lines?

by Judith Snow

This is the first of three volumes by Judith Snow – an autobiographical exploration of powerful learning that began very early. Read, enjoy, expand your horizons.

Conversations on Citizenship & Person-Centered Work

Edited by John O’Brien & Carol Blessing

Conversations with Carol Blessing about citizenship, community, disability, employment & social change. Exploring questions:
What does it take to make connections between people with disabilities and community associations? What drew you to your work? What keeps people with disabilities from full citizenship? What are the principles of effective supported employment? What do we have to give up in order to move to person-centered work? How do you judge the effectiveness of person-centered work?…and more



Person-Centered Planning with MAPS and PATH:
A Workbook for Facilitators

by John O’Brien & Jack Pearpoint

This book was developed over time as a collection of handouts for our three day course teaching MAPS and PATH. Due to popular demand, we have supplemented it and now it is a stand alone workbook to assist facilitators in their learning and implementing of PATH and MAPS processes.

Making Homes Work

by George Braddock and John Rowell

This book offers ways of assessing and planning environments that are person-centered, and that respect the diversity of family and individual situations. It identifies patterns of activity and interaction with the environment that are common to many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder. These are the basis for the “Six Common Modifications” recommended for many persons with complex disability issues to support them to live successfully in the home. Most of the issues that families face can be improved by completing one or more of these modifications.



Books by Susannah Joyce

Planning Together:
A Guide for Facilitators, People Supported, Families, Friends & Paid Supports

Planning Together offers practical, step-by-step information on personal planning and how people in each of the above roles can participate and contribute throughout the entire process.

friends in/deed!
a handbook on focus planning to help people develop and sustain relationships

A handbook outlining five keys to exploring and developing friendships, as well as ways to maintain them over time. Specific examples are included.

Meeting the Challenge:
A Guide to Respectful, Effective Planning, Advocacy & Support With People Who Have Puzzling Behaviour

This Guide offers a wealth of ideas on how we approach offering help to people who struggle with behaviour, and information on effective, respectful approaches to assisting people with their everyday lives, physical/medical, mood disorders, autism, trauma, and other contributing factors to their difficulties.

Sketches of a Support Circle

A collection of interviews with Lisa’s Circle, including why they became involved, why they stay, what they bring to the group and what they receive from it. Ideas for starting and sustaining a Circle are also shared.

Safe and Secure:
Six Steps to Creating a Good Life for People with Disabilities

by: Al Etmanski

Safe and Secure highlights six steps to friendship, community and financial security. Safe and Secure is a road map to a good life and PLAN’s bestselling guide for families that helps individuals living with disabilities and their relatives plan for a positive future. Order from PLAN Toronto.

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