of Mental Retardation
with the Delaware County Office of Mental Retardation (located in Upper
Darby, PA), Networks is pleased to offer again this year Training and
Technical Assistance activities to further their Self-Determination initiative:
the further development of Delaware County's chapter of Speaking for
Ourselves by providing requested training topics to consumers, families,
and staff before and during Chapter meetings. This training is known
as the Person to Person Series:
- Coming Together Celebration! September 18, 2003
- Job Searching & Finding Employment October 16, 2003
- Reducing Everyday Stress Through Massage & Music November
- How Self-Defense Can Save Your Life! December 18, 2003
- Innovative Ways to Budget Your Money! January 15, 2004
- Understanding Self-Advocacy, Politics, & Exercising Your Rights
February 19, 2004
- Developing Relationships and Getting Intimate! March 18, 2004
- Stopping and Preventing Abuse April 22, 2004
- Let's Talk: Strategies and Methods to Support Open Communication
May 20, 2004
- Planning for 2004-2005! June 17, 2004
of Mental Retardation
our fourth year contracting with the Northumberland County Office of Mental
Health and Retardation, Networks will offer several activities specifically
to increase the communication options of local people with disabilities.
A particular initiative this year will focus on building 'local capacity'
and expertise to directly support the growth and availability of alternative
communication in this area of North Central PA.
to provide monthly consultation & assistance to people throughout
Northumberland County who use/could use Augmentative & Alternative
Communication (AAC) for fuller expression. This assistance will be coordinated
in conjunction with Northumberland County and be provided by Networks'
staff, local Communication Mentors (both current and gradually adding
in FY04 Mentors), and/or Mark Reeves (a local AAC user and expert).
to Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC)
Half-day sessions for a general audience to provide basic information
about various methods and means of communication people use when verbal
language is not their strength.
18, 2003, 5:00-8:00pm
November 6, 2003, 1:00-4:00pm
March TBA, 9:00am-12:00pm
June TBA, 9:00am-12:00pm
An informal get-together by and for people in Northumberland County
who use AAC.
23, 2003, 12:00pm-3:00pm
November 19, 2003, 12:00pm-3:00pm
January 21, 2003, 12:00pm-3:00pm
March 24, 2003, 12:00pm-3:00pm
June 9, 2003, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Started with FC: A Team-Based Training
An interactive course for teams to explore together the many ways
facilitation is used to increase efficiency and effectiveness in movement,
common tasks, and communication.
23, 2004, 10:00am-3:00pm
to Facilitated Communication (FC)
two-day course providing comprehensive information regarding FC.
23 & 24, 2004, 9:00am-4:00pm
intensive course for experienced communication supporters to broaden
their understanding, knowledge, and skills regarding possible options
available to others via Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)-with
a goal of developing participants into locally-based Communication Mentors
to assist others to find and expand the use of AAC in Northumberland
meet from 9:00am-4:00pm:
November 5, 2003
*December 17, 2003 (Martha Leary, CCC-SLP, REG.
January 7, 2004
February 4, 2004
March 3, 2004
April 7, 2004
*May 24 & 25, 2004 (Bill Stillman)
June 9, 2004
for those not previously attending these sessions
Mentors' Follow-Up & Support
forum for previous participants of the "Communication Mentors'
Catch-up with one another and our work,
in, switch help, and/or gain assistance from others,
- Problem-solve and solution-share,
- Inform and teach one another regarding new strategies, techniques,
and products, and
- Further develop communication support in Northumberland County
meet from 9:00am-12:00pm:
July 10, 2003
October 9, 2003
January 8, 2004
April 8, 2004
Reeves", the Video
Reeves and his circle of support in the design, production, and distribution
of a video to help those in supportive roles (staff, family, and community
members) to better understand:
Who he really is,
- The issues he regularly deals with in doing daily tasks,
- The conflicting roles he finds himself caught in (i.e. the nationally
known presenter and the "retarded boy"), and
- The assistance he needs that makes the real difference.
Coordinate the design, implementation, and logistics for Northumberland
County's conference presentation regarding the "Communication Mentors'
10-13, 2003, Chicago, IL
six month project focusing on increasing the independent communication
skills of four local long-term users of Facilitated Communication (FC)
and one identified facilitator each. This activity is based upon an
agreed commitment of service between Networks and the involved individuals
(six days of consultation by Networks' experienced staff offered in
exchange for six future presentations by the individual and their facilitator
each). This project is being added to these proposed activities for
Northumberland County free of charge to stress the increasing need for
all those involved in the teaching and supporting of the use of FC to
be focused upon "best practices", to be always attentive to
the ongoing debate in the use of FC, and to secure local representatives
who can demonstrate a commitment to working towards their independence
Lonesome Doves is a self-advocacy group of people who all use Facilitated
Communication. They come together on a monthly basis to support one another,
plan training and other events, and strategize how to push the communication
rights of everyone. Networks has proudly provided administrative oversight
to the founding and continuation of the group.
more information e-mail
Mark Reeves, President of the Lonesome Doves.
September 21, 2003
October 19, 2003
November 9, 2003
December 7, 2003
a detailed description of current events, including other event dates,
times, training presenters, and additional training opportunities, please
look for our updated listings soon!
Activities September 2003 Calendar
Activities October 2003 Calendar
Activities November 2003 Calendar