Posts Tagged "The Possibility Post"

The Possibility Post: Where the rubber hits the road to quality!

The Possibility Post: Where the rubber hits the road to quality!

This week is Direct Support Professional (DSP) Week and in pausing to honour the important and impactful work of DSPs in our Province, I reflect on their considerable contribution to the quality of life of the people they serve every day.

John F. Kennedy Jr., wrote, “Quality is defined at the point of interaction between the staff member and the individual with a disability.” Indeed, Direct Support Professionals define quality in every personal interaction they have each day. People with developmental disabilities work to fully contribute as valued members of their communities. The availability of qualified, competent, and stable Direct Support Professionals plays an important role in supporting people to accomplish these goals. To be successful, it is critical that DSPs have the competence, confidence, and ethical decision-making skills with the guidance necessary to provide quality support.

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The Possibility Post: To Listen…

The Possibility Post: To Listen…

Over the past couple of months, we have embarked on a Province wide road trip to talk to people with disabilities, their families and the people who provide services to them. It has been a rich and profound experience to have people share their hopes, ideas and stories with us as we have gone to the different regions of the Province.

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The Possibility Post – Connection, Curiousity, Clarity

The Possibility Post – Connection, Curiousity, Clarity

Much has occurred over the past month and we are excited to begin our ‘road trip’ around the province to connect with people with disabilities, their families and service providers.

To recap… what exactly are we doing?

Through a partnership with the the Department of Families (Community Living disAbility Services, Abilities) and the broader community of people who receive services, their families and their service providers we intend to discover and develop four things:

What does a good life look like? (What outcomes are present when the people with disabilities (or any of us) are living a good life?)
How do we know when people are living a good life? How do we measure or discover this in a consistent way?
What do we need to do to help people to live a good life. What standards need to be met to ensure this is the case?
Tools that will help service providers improve their services or help people in the best way possible. How do we continue to build capacity and encourage growth for all service providers.

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The Possibility Post – What’s in a name?

The Possibility Post – What’s in a name?

The other day, someone asked me… “So why do you call the blog, The Possibility Post?” In this blog, I plan to explore concepts related to quality services and supports … about how everyone can live a good life shaped by their own interests, dreams and goals in the community.

The inspiration for the name of the blog came from two of the great minds that have written widely in the field of disability for decades. Several years ago I stumbled upon this essay written by John O’Brien and Beth Mount and it has stuck with me ever since.. John and Beth remind us that an essential part of our work is to constantly ask “What else is possible?” … to stretch and grow, to gently nudge, encourage and walk with those that we support towards that positive and possible future.

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The Possibility Post – Start Where You Are!

The Possibility Post – Start Where You Are!

Dieter F. Uchtdorf said “The perfect place to begin, is right where you are!” .. and indeed how can we do anything but? The important thing is that we start!

This month marks yet another new beginning for Abilities Manitoba as we’ve signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Province to embark on the creation of a quality assurance framework for services provided to people who are funded through the Community Living disAbility Services. Abilities have been advocating for a means to measure and increase quality within the disability service sector for decades and we are very excited to begin.

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