Sometimes we are driven by fear to select options that seem safe. These might include special schools, group homes, day programs, even “special swimming classes”. Yet, ironically, safety has never come from segregated settings.
Being with valued people in valued places doing valued activities is what keeps people safe.
Having someone in your life committed to your wellbeing is what keeps people safe.
Paid services and grouping people based on disability can’t replicate or replace these critical elements.
In this session, John will provide a framework to help us overcome our fears. He’ll show us how to use our Vision to truly safeguard the lives of people with disability.
This session was introduced by Charlie Herbert.
Hi, I am Charlie. I am in year 11. I am a firefighter. I am (here to tell you about) John Armstrong. John lives in Melbourne. He is an SRV (Social Role Valorisation) trainer. He has helped (a lot of) people. John has been working (in this field) for more than 40 years. John is (really) good at explaining things. Everybody, here is John!
Meet John Armstrong
John Armstrong has worked with people and families of people with a disability for over 40 years. He has worked as a trainer and consultant across many settings with individuals, families and agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand.
John is one of only two Senior Trainers of SRV (Social Role Valorisation) in Australia. He has presented on the topic of SRV in many international forums. More recently, he has written two chapters of the recently-published book: Aging and the Good Things of Life: The Application of Social Role Valorization to Supporting People as They Age.