Upcoming Discussion

Join us in person at The Boat House in Guelph!

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

We will be discussing this article:

Ableist Language and Disability Professionals by By Carli Friedman, CQL Director of Research, and Zach Gordon, AAIDD Production Coordinator, Publications


and also a TED Talk – “Isn’t it a pity?” by Torrie Dunlap:


Join the Facebook Group for more details!

The OIFN Book Club is one thread of the Ontario Independent Facilitation Network (OIFN) Community of Practice.

We meet every few months, sometimes in person in Guelph, sometimes over Zoom Video Conferencing, and also through this Facebook Group as well, to discuss a book that relates to either disability issues or to wider topics of leadership and community, in the context of Independent Facilitation.

This is a Closed Group with membership by request or invitation, but all are welcome!

This Group is moderated by Susannah Joyce, London, ON and Joanna Goode, Erin, ON

Previous Discussions:

May 29, 2023

Honouring the work of Judith Heumann, a great leader in self-advocacy.

TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/…/judith_heumann_our_fight_for…

Oscar winning documentary, Crip Camp, in which she is prominently featured, available on Netflix.

March 27, 2023

Friendship in the Age of Loneliness, by Adam Smiley Powsolsky

Resources for discussion:
Video Discussion of the book on YouTube:

October 25, 2021
June 28, 2021
May 10, 2021

Two book selections by Japanese poet/author Naoki Higashida:

  • The Reason I Jump
  • Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism
March 22, 2021

Questions Change Everything in Community Engagement, TED Talk by Max Hardy:

November 23, 2020
September 16, 2020

“Where Do We Stand?” by Beth Mount and John O’Brien
Download the free eBook.

April 29, 2020
Amy Herman’s Ted Talk, “A Lesson on Looking”

March 3, 2020
“What Makes a Good Life?”  – a TED Talk by Robert Waldinger, Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, psychoanalyst, Zen priest, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.” 

September 18, 2019 | 1230 PM
 Discussion of the movie Radio along with the real-life story that inspired it (Sports Illustrated).

Guelph, ON

March 27, 2019
 Discussion of Precious Cargo by Greg Davidson

Guelph, ON