2014 Archives

The Ultimate Sarah McLachlan Shine On Tour Experience

by Jeff Stackhouse   Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan’s Shine On Canadian Tour came to Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre on October 20th and 21st 2014. From the living room set, to the ambient lighting, the venue’s sound clarity, and Sarah’s angelic voice, all in attendance at both sold out shows witnessed a show of a lifetime. The concert began as the massive chandler atop the artistically painted Orpheum ceiling dimmed and Sarah

Do you need a Representation Agreement?

Many adults with disabilities have had their right to make decisions taken away. In many cases this has led to abuse and the person being robbed of their ability to defend their human rights.   Article 12 in the UN Convention on the Rights of Person’s with a Disability says people should not lose their legal rights to make decisions just because they have a disability. Article 12 also says

Lauren Potter: Self Advocate, Public Speaker and Actor

Lauren Potter speaks at the 23rd Annual Best Buddies International Leadership Conference: Inclusion Revolution, about her experience with Best Buddies, how the organization has helped make her dreams a reality, and how it can help others with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their own dreams. Lauren Potter, who plays Becky Jackson on the Fox television show “Glee,” is also an Ambassador for Best Buddies International. Listen to her speech to

My History, Our Future – Self-Advocacy Training Video: 9 Public Speaking

My History, Our Future is a video-based training program created for youth and adults with developmental disabilities to learn how to be self-advocates and for their allies to learn how to best support self-advocacy. Self-advocacy is an important life skill necessary for citizenship and leading a meaningful life. Allies are support workers, relatives, friends or other members of an individual’s “circle of support” who help facilitate self-advocacy.

Self-Advocacy Skills

What is self-advocacy and why do D/HH students need it? What does a D/HH student need to know in order to be a self-advocate? Can self-advocacy skills be part of IEP goals? This video is part of the Building Brighter Futures! tutorial series produced by the Minerva Deaf Research Lab (MDRL) at the University of Alberta. To view more of our tutorial videos and other resources, please visit the MDRL

Self-Advocacy – National Gateway to Self-Determination

What is self-advocacy? Why is it important? In this video, self-advocates describe what it is, how it works, why it’s needed, and how to be more self-determined and use self-advocacy in your own life. Thanks to National Gateway to Self-Determination for this video.

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