2019 Strategic Plan: An Update

Progress update from Cincinnati on the move to community-based, citizenship-focused roles for people.


It’s been 7 years since Starfire set out on a plan as an organization to change the way we support people with developmental disabilities. Our goal was to build a model of support that aligned our impact with our original vision: to build richer social lives for people with developmental disabilities. How we’ve grown during this transition. It’s enough to write a book.

Today, we’ve gone from a place that supported people with disabilities on outings and in day programs, in groups, mostly set apart from the richness of ordinary community life, to a culture-building movement that puts people with developmental disabilities (as individual selves) at the very center of community life.

Reading back on our Strategic Plan set all those years ago now, it’s surprising to find how well each of these statements have held up over time. Not only has each line of this Plan made it through the transition out of 3…

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Cheryl’s Star Raft Salon – a presentation by David Wetherow and Cheryl Fryfield

Cheryl’s Star Raft Salon – a presentation by David Wetherow and Cheryl Fryfield.

via Cheryl’s Star Raft Salon – a presentation by David Wetherow and Cheryl Fryfield.

October 27, 2013 at 9:32 pm Leave a comment

Researchers Get Visual at LiveWorkPlay!

Aaron Johannes-Rosenberg became familiar with LiveWorkPlay through social media. After many online conversations involving his work at the Spectrum Society for Community Living in Vancouver, Aaron became interested in how he might spend some time with LiveWorkPlay members for his thesis at Athabasca University, where he is part of the Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies program. He recently visited LiveWorkPlay and hosted a focus group (see below).

Ann-Louise Davidson at Concordia university has a long history with LiveWorkPlay dating all the way back to the On Our Own Together projects in 2003-2004. She is now an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in Educational Technology at Concordia University. As part of a team with researchers Stefanie Corona and Christine Hannum, Professor Davidson interviewed LiveWorkPlay members and produced videos for “Project Capabilities” which are now hosted on YouTube.

Researchers Get Visual at LiveWorkPlay!.

October 10, 2013 at 2:50 am Leave a comment

Dancing with Community – A TASH Webinar Series

Really excited about one of our recent projects, a fund-raiser for TASH, which has been such an important player in the development of our organization and so many great folks that are important to us.   We give TASH a lot of credit, and it is well deserved, so we were excited to be able to help out when asked to participate in a webinar series.   Here is more information about the seven part “Dancing with Community” webinar series, which will be available to all for at least the next month or two.  I think these are really worthwhile and am particularly excited about some great new voices who were involved in their production, as well as some more experienced folks who just jumped right in and helped out so graciously.

Find more information at http://www.tash.org/webinar or


via Dancing with Community blog post on 101 Friends site.

August 1, 2012 at 5:56 am Leave a comment

the daily conflicts!

Nice that Community and Belonging seem to be so much in the news now – something basic to humans that seemed to be forgotten in the rush to shop and compete and succeed…


topics designed to spark conversation and question what does community mean to users of Trout Lake park.


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June 26, 2012 at 3:11 am Leave a comment

Shared Living: It’s All about Relationships

101 Ways to Make Friends

“The match is everything.  When the right people show up in a person’s life, most of what he or she needs will happen.  Ninety percent of what works is finding the right people and making sure they stay a while.” (David Pitonyak)

You’ve no doubt seen the recent media coverage about Community Living British Columbia (CLBC).  One issue that’s getting a lot of attention is the question of moving people out of group homes into less costly shared living situations, and whether individuals and families are being included in the decision-making and provided with enough information to make informed choices about their living arrangements.  CLBC has acknowledged that there are problems in the system that need addressing, and while we don’t speak for CLBC or for any other service provider, we can say that we are very proud of Spectrum’s shared living services and our incredible team of caregivers.  We are concerned…

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Centering Our Planning On People: Judith Snow

People set about designing ways to create plans with individuals who have some sort of disability label. This new type of plan was focused on one person only — an almost extravagant idea.

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Optimal Individual Service Design Course

October 25 – 29, 2010 and November 15-19, 2010


Village Green Hotel, Vernon

Black Print Section: Open Presentations

Blue Print Section: Confidential Section Of Course

Part One:

Day One:              Monday 25  October  2010

9.00 am Introductions

Course Overview

The Nature of Individual Personal Fulfillment

10.30 am                               Morning Break

11:00 am                               “The Character of Planning For Personal Needs and ‘Imagining Better’ ”

“Right Relationship” and Other Person Centered Ethics

12.30 pm                                Lunch

1.30 pm “The Address Of Needs and Wants” (Part A)

3:00 pm Afternoon Break

3:30 pm Lifestyle Development

Special presentations

4:30 pm                                 Visit Preparations

5.00pm Session Ends

Visits/Interviews Continue

Day Two:             Tuesday 26 October 2010

9.00am “A Brief Summary Of Social Role Valorization Theory As An Overarching Response To Social Devaluation”

“The Character Of Social Devaluation And Its Hurtful Consequences”

10:30                                      Morning Break

11:00                                      The Nature of A Real Home

Natural Supports

12.30pm Lunch

1:30 pm The Nature of Needs And Wants (Part B)

Imagining Better

3:00 pm                                                 Afternoon Break

3:30 pm Session Continues

5.00pm Session Ends/ Visits/Interviews Continue

Day Three:          Wednesday 27 October  2010

9.00am Quality; Assumptions And Definitions

10:30                                      Morning Break

11:00                                      Quality (continued)

Optional Presentation: Innovation

12.30 pm                               Lunch

1:30 pm Preparations For Exercise On Defining/Analyzing Needs

Initial Team Discussions On Needs

3:00 pm                                                 Afternoon Break

5.00pm                                  End Of Session

Possible Further Visits/Interviews

Day Four: Thursday 28 October  2010

9.00am                                  Continuation Of Exercise On Defining Needs / Beginning of


10:30                                      Morning Break

11:00                                      Critiques (continued)

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Critiques: Analysis Of Exercise Results

3:00 pm                                                 Afternoon Break

5.00pm                                  Session Ends

Visits/ Revisions To Exercise Results With Service User/Family/Network

Day Five:              Friday  29 October  2010

9. 00 am Brief Reports On

Service User/Family/Network Consultations And Revisions To Analysis

Second Critique: Revised Analysis Of Needs

Fundamentality Of Needs

10:30                                      Morning Break

11.00 am                               Possible Optional Session:

The Role Of Intentional Safeguards

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm The Role Of Intentional Safeguards (continued)

2.45pm /3:00pm                   Wrap up and Finish

Part Two: October 18-22 2010

Day Six : Monday 15 November 2010

9:00am                                  Welcome/Team Meetings

9:30 am Welcome Guests

“Service User/Family Governed Service Models” (Part A)

10:30 am                               Morning Break

11:00 am              “Service User/Family Governed Service Models” (Part A) continued

“Model Coherency Analysis and Construction”

12.30 pm                                Lunch

1.30 pm “Cost Benefit Analysis And The Relevant Address Of Needs”

“Bureaucratic Shielding”

3:00 pm                                                 Afternoon Break

3:30 pm                                 Session Continues

5.00pm                                  End Of Session

Visits/Interviews Continue

Day Seven: Tuesday 16 November 2010

9.00am Consumer Governed Service Models (Part B)

10:30 am                               Morning Break

11:00                                      Consumer Governed Service Models (Part B)


12.30pm Lunch

1:30 pm Address Of Program Content Issues (Exercise)

Address Of Program Process Issues (Exercise)

Address Of Human Resource Issues (Exercise)

3:00 pm                                                 Afternoon Break

3:30 pm                                 Session Continues

5.00pm Session Ends

Visits With Service Users/ Family/Network

Day Eight:            Wednesday 17 November  2010

9.00am Devising Of Service Model (Exercise)

Preparation Of Overall Proposal For A Model-Coherent Individualized Service

10:30 am                               Morning Break

11:00                                      Possible Beginning of Critiques

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Critique Of Overall Proposals

Proposal Revisions

Development of Administrative/ Governance Aspects Of Proposals

3:00 pm                                                 Afternoon Break

3:30 pm                                 Session Continues

5.00pm                                  Session Ends Possible Additional Visits

Day Nine:             Thursday 18 November  2010

9.00am Continued Critique Of Overall Proposals

10:30 am                               Morning Break

12.30pm Lunch

1.00pm Proposal Revisions

Preparation Of Intentional Safeguards Proposals

Brief Critique Of Proposed Safeguards Provisions

3:00 pm                                                 Afternoon Break

3:30 pm                                 Session Continues

5.00pm Session Ends

Visits /Sharing Of Revisions With Service User/Family/Network And Consultations

Day Ten:              Friday 19 November  2010

9.00am Feedback On Consultations

Proposal Writing Preparations

10:30 am                               Morning Break

11:00 am                               Participant Sharing Of Key Personal Reflections And Ongoing

Questions And Issues

12.30pm Lunch

1:30 pm                                                 Renewal

3.00 pm                                 Course Conclusion

June 7, 2010 at 4:42 am Leave a comment

From Institutions to Individuals: On Becoming Person Centred

An article by Susan Stanfield on the move from institutional supports to person centred supports.

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Person-Centred Outcomes: Are Outcomes Improved Where a Person-Centred Care Model is Used?

This present study sought data that could evidence improvements in care services for people with learning disabilities. The investigation tested whether desired outcomes of clients were improved when a person-centred care model was used. The data generated in this study showed that the implementation of a person-centred care model did result in some improvement.

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