Author Archives: Ron Irvine

National Core Indicators

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If sometimes we wonder if the work you are doing is really going anywhere and making any difference in the face of so many “system” problems, take heart and stay the course! Oasis is at the leading edge of where the system needs to go. THIS is the data that is being used to change […]

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How Inclusive is Oasis?

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That’s a question we are asked frequently, typically by parents of children requiring a high level of support. And it’s understandable that parents ask this question. Many existing housing options have built in limitations on who they are able to serve. Our own son is in a wheel chair and, believe it or not, some group and AFC […]

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Issues and Opportunities

ISSUES AND OPPORTUNITIES Once a child with Special Needs ages out of the school system at age 26, parents struggle to find resources to support and develop their young adult’s growth and potential. In the 2007-2011 Michigan Developmental Disabilities State Plan, the state estimates that 1.8 percent of Michigan’s citizens have developmental disabilities, or 182,175 […]

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Abundant Community

“There’s a growing movement of people with a different vision for their local communities. They know that real satisfaction and the good life cannot be provided by corporations, institutions, or systems. No number of great executives, central offices, technical innovations, or long-range plans can produce what a community can produce. People are discovering that satisfying […]

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Processes for Life Planning

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Group Person Centered Planning In Scotland, they have called it The Big Plan In New York, the project is called Pathfinders. Both of these focus on supporting transition age youth with disabilities and their families.  MAPS & PATH Maps and PATH Video Find more videos like this on Inclusion Network Maps and Path are tools to help […]

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Person Centered Planning

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TEDx – Beth Mount – Beautiful Justice (the art of person centered planning) Imagine… a world that works for everyone Person Centered vs. System Centered with Beth Mount PERSON CENTERED PLANNING: FOUNDATION FOR A MEANINGFUL LIFE The original intent and purpose of Person Centered Planning (PowerPoint) Person Centered Planning with Integrity The Origins of Person […]

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L’Arche Communities

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L’Arche Communities Beyond Inclusion! Now operating in 40 different countries round the world, L’Arche works closely with people with an intellectual disability so that each person can play their full role in society.Turning dreams to reality, each of our 137 L’Arche communities is a springboard of opportunity where members with and without disabilities get customised […]

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Past Events and Meetings (meeting archives)

2014 Our next meeting to discuss the steps in moving forward with housing will be on Wednesday, September 10th at Panera off of 44th Street in Grandville at 7:00pm. We meet upstairs and there is an elevator. Oasis Meeting- Thursday, September 25th 7:00pm-8:30pm “Living the Smart Life” is a story about a young man named […]

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Housing / Roommate Bulletin Board (The Arc Kent)

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ANNOUNCING… The Arc Kent CountyHousing/Roommate Bulletin Board   The Arc Kent County is offering a new resource for individuals who are seeking a roommate. If you or someone you know is living in an independent living arrangement or looking for one, the Housing/Roommate Bulletin Board is for you!   The Housing/Roommate Bulletin Board is displayed at The Arc’s office at […]

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Taking the FEAR out of Self-Directed Services

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http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1108965070935-231/Taking+the+FEAR+out+of+Self+Directed+Services.pdf   SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm TBD in Grand Rapids Contact Lauren at lauren@arckent.org 616-459-3339 This workshop will cover self-directed service options available to people who are receiving Community Mental Health services. Topics addressed will include; how to hire you own staff as a direct employer, who processes payroll, […]

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