Our Roles Matter
In this video we reflect on why Valued Roles for people with intellectual disability matter in the community. United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Article 19 “…the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others…and facilitate their full inclusion and participation in the community.” In this video, narrated by Brodie McElroy, Belonging Matters talks with a variety of people with intellectual disabilities who are prospering in their respective communities through valued roles.
Amelia Sloan "Inclusion - Amelia Makes Her Move" - Belonging Matters' Conference 2017
Amelia Sloan is a high school student living in Melbourne, Australia, and is a enjoying life to the fullest. She attends Our Lady of Sion College where she is as included in everyday school life as any other student particularly enjoying Music, Art, and Food Technology classes. Amelia is also included, if not excelling, in her community having featured in an Australian Government advertising campaign, 'Girls Make Your Move', promoting healthy lifestyles for young women, she is a regular at her local gym, Aquarena, and has recently become a public speaker having presented at the Belonging Matters' Conference, 2017 In this video Amelia presents her Inclusion story at the 2017 Belonging Matters' Conference and fields questions from the delegates.
Beau Vernon: "Attitude, Support, Fear, Belonging - an interview" The Art of Belonging Conference
Beau Vernon’s life changed forever on June 23rd 2012. In an instant he went from a young 23 year old who never sat still, to being diagnosed with quadriplegia. He spent 8 months in hospital looking at the prospect of spending his life in a wheelchair. “Things have definitely changed for me, but the vision to live life to the fullest and to tackle life’s challenges head on have stayed the same”. Beau now works at the Australian Football League (AFL), is senior coach of Leongatha. Visit Beau's website at www.beauvernon.com
Michael Kendrick: 'Importance of belonging & the impact of services' The Art of Belonging Conference
DR Michael Kendrick is an independent international consultant in human services and community work and resides in Massachusetts, USA. His interests have included social integration, change, innovation, values, service quality, the creation of safeguards for vulnerable people, advocacy, the role of individual persons and small groups in creating solutions, personalised support approaches, leadership and reform in the human service field. Visit Michael's website at www.kendrickconsulting.org