John McKnight describes how the life of a man with disability, Charlie, was transformed from one of isolation to one embedded in his community. This transformation was facilitated in small steps and started with someone suggesting that Charlie be supported to attend a local club and helping to smooth his path. In the article the person suggesting Charlie's inclusion was someone in a work role but it could have been anyone who knew and cared about Charlie - including a family member or friend. It is an inspiring story that illustrates the potential of community connections when people with disability are encouraged to share their gifts and talents. This article may be useful for anyone thinking through how someone they know could expand their roles and connections in their community.
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Communities That Help People
1 January 2009
Access, Advocacy, Attitudes, Community Development, Day Activities, Friendship, Inclusion, Individualisation, Social Activities, Social Role Valorisation