FIRST’s Full Circle Initiative will create a statewide movement across North Carolina for persons with IDD. Al Etmanski (2004) states that “the best guarantee of a safe and secure future for a person with a disability is the number of caring, committed friends, family members, acquaintances and supporters actively involved in their life”. Focusing on building connections within the community, people with IDD can enjoy the natural supports and interdependence people without disabilities utilize every day.
FIRST has partnered with the ABCD Institute of DePaul University and PLAN Institute, a Canadian organization supporting the work of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), a family-led charitable organization dedicated to building inclusive communities for all citizens, Founded in 1989 by parents, including Etmanski, author of A Good Life, who wanted to ensure their children could live a good life and contribute to their communities. While the founders were initially focused on their own children, the five components they used to define a good life are universal: loving friends and family, a home of one’s own, financial security, participating in decision making and the ability to contribute their unique gifts.
Let us know you are interested and we will keep you up to date on our trainings. We are planning on our first trainings/community conversations in September. Sign up to get the information as we have it.
Join Us for Kick-off Event!
Community Conversations, the Natural Supports Network Development Initiative of the NCCDD. The workshop will include the following:
– Community conversation and creation of an asset map to outline what each individual and group can contribute to the collective impact
– Training on Asset Based Community Development, Citizen-led Leadership and Personal Support Network Facilitation
Participants can apply to be part of the Personal Support Networks Training. For more information, sign up for updates below or call 828.277.1315 ex 102.
Due to Hurricane Florence we have rescheduled the Community Conversations, the new dates are
November 14th – Christmount Conference Center, Black Mountain 1pm to 4pm
November 16th – O’Berry Center, Goldsboro 9am to noon
Register now for Community Conversations and updates on Full Circle!! If you have already registered, we will contact you to confirm the new date works for you.