Great new resource from Mencap in UK. A beautiful multimedia package. Check out the website at http://www.mencap.org.uk/involveMe.
The Involve Me resource aims to increase the involvement of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) in decision making and consultation. The resource is the result of a three year project, supported by the Renton Foundation and run by Mencap in partnership with the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD).
People with PMLD and staff took part by learning about and using different approaches to communication: sharing stories, creative communication, peer advocacy and multimedia advocacy.
I also requested the DVD and got my hot little hands on it yesterday. If you do get hold of it check out the Robbie video. It’s a great video of a man who enjoys throwing a spoon and this is valued by staff rather than seen as a problematic behaviour – I love it. One day when I get time I’d love to do something on the valuing of idiosyncratic skills!
Here is the link to the video Rhonda Joseph and I have been working on over the last year or so titled ‘Listening to those rarely heard’. This video has been designed to guide those who support adults with profound and severe intellectual disabilities to have their preferences heard through supported decision making. It has been developed by Scope with funding from DHS.
It accompanies a training package which will be online soon. However, it can be used as a standalone training tool. I need to reiterate that it has been developed for people who don’t communicate formally and although it has relevance to all decision makers it has been developed with these people in mind.
I will be presenting this at the upcoming ‘Communicate, Participate, Enjoy: Solutions to Inclusion conference’ in Melbourne next week.
Feel free to pass the link on to those who you think might be interested.