Meeting People Where They Are At

Change is hard. This training examines the realities when providing new and innovative services to people with Intellectual Disabilities and how the newness and the innovation can anger some people. We will discuss how to approach community members/families/guardians with long held and erroneous beliefs about how best to support individuals. We will discuss and demonstrate effective communication techniques while managing the tension respectfully.

As a result of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. 1. Understand how one’s attitude impacts information received by being able to put oneself in their shoes.
  2. 2. Understand how people form social judgements and be able to engage with people with long held and erroneous beliefs about people with disabilities.
  3. 3. Demonstrate how to effectively communicate with a opposing point of view through demonstrations.
  4. 4. Know how to manage the tension when facing people with an opposing point of view and how to develop real relationships with them.
  5. 5. Know how to help people become a part of their communities and how to bring people along to a clearer perspective when thinking about “disability”.

Mark Vincent, Scott Ryder