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Buzz from the Hub | Video Resources

This Buzz from the Hub connects you with videos across a range of disability subjects, beginning with several you can share with families. The remaining videos in our list may be best suited for individual learning, staff development, or program planning. Here’s hoping these give your Center useful, relevant information in a multimedia format!

Buzz from the Hub | Active Listening and People Skills

This Buzz from the Hub focuses on the importance of having and continuously strengthening the “people skills” that we as Parent Centers bring to our work with families and others. Skills such as active listening and questioning play a vital role in our ability to establish rapport and create a safe space where parents and others can share their questions and concerns.

Self-Care A-Z: Think Self-Care Always Feels Good?

(2019) | Useful to Parent Center staff, families, and others exploring the importance of self-care. This brief article in the New Social Worker Magazine takes a wry and unflinching look at self-care. While it readily acknowledges the importance of taking care of yourself physically, spiritually, and emotionally, the article actually focuses on another aspect that’s […]

Charting the LifeCourse

The National Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals of I/DD has been working to develop systems of support for families throughout the lifespan of their family member with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Especially for individuals, families, and professionals are the Charting the LifeCourse materials, which include a LifeCourse toolkit in English and Spanish. The framework for Charting the LifeCourse was created BY FAMILIES to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live.

Read more about and access the LifeCourse Toolkit in English and Spanish here.

Video | A Tale of Two Conversations

A Tale of Two Conversations is a two-part video showing actors playing a parent of a child with a disability and a school administrator. The meeting was requested by the parent and takes place in the administrator’s office. Take One shows the parent and administrator talking about the child’s special education program. They are talking, but not listening. Their communication is unproductive. Take Two shows each person using more effective communication skills.

Both video conversations are available for viewing online at CADRE, as is a companion Study Guidethat looks more deeply into the effective communication skills shown in the second video. Read more about and access the resources here.

Buzz from the Hub | Tackling Touchy Topics

We’ve divided this issue of the Buzz from the Hub into two parts: (1) resources on issues that many may find “touchy” or controversial; and (2) resources that aren’t controversial at all, just plain new, needed, and likely to be quite useful to Parent Centers, schools, and families.

Getting Where I Need to Go: Traveling Opens Doors

INCLUDEnyc

INCLUDEnyc is the leading provider of training and information for young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them. Through its Project Possibility, INCLUDEnyc provides intensive support for youth transitioning into adult life. Participants create a practical plan designed to lead to job training, employment, higher education, or other community engagement.

Jamel Berry participated in INCLUDEnyc’s Project Possibility. On his blog Jamel shares how, with help from INCLUDEnyc, he mastered public transit, enabling him to travel to work. Check it out here.

Buzz from the Hub | Activating the Student Voice

The theme of this issue of the Buzz is on encouraging and enabling students with disabilities to speak up and participate in decision making that affects their education and their lives now and in the future. We are also pleased to spotlight 2 data resources that Parent Centers may find relevant to their work with families and their collaborations with others at the state, regional, and national levels.

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