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Skills Capital: How investing time and hard work now in practicing some of these overlooked skills areas will lead to dignity and fulfilled lives when we’re gone (or before, so we can enjoy watching them grow!) SLIDESHOW
Caregivers should always have an eye on the future, the time beyond themselves, when new caregivers will be taking over. We want the next people in our loved ones lives to be ready to take on the duties we carry out, but are they all REALLY necessary? Are we doing things that they could learn to do themselves, in whole or in part? Are we expecting that the next caregivers will do things exactly as we do? This is a dangerous presumption, because it is certain that they will not. So, how do we use the time now to work on skills that will make them more prepared, safer, less vulnerable, give them more dignity and pride in themselves?
Presented at the annual AFC Summit, June 2021
Stop It! Caregiver Behaviors that Impede Progress on April 21, 2021 SLIDESHOW
Presented to the Vinfen family support group
Preparing for Caring: Strategies for Families – Getting our loved ones & caregivers ready for hospitalization MANUAL
This guide was co-written & presented with Carrie Noseworthy of A Safer Me, in collaboration with the Dept of Mental Health of Massachusetts, in 2020. The guide was developed to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
Becoming Person-Centered: for Families (2020) SLIDESHOW
Presented to the Northeast Arc group “Knowing What’s Next” on May 28, 2020
Becoming Person-Centered in a COVID world VIDEO
Livestreamed guest appearance on Autism Sprinter podcast with Yahaira Lopez, May 19, 2020
Loneliness: The Unspoken Crisis SLIDESHOW
This workshop audience is families and caregivers. Loneliness is among the key factors in contributing to poor physical and mental health, early mortality rates, and diminished quality of life across the board. . This workshop provides current statistics on loneliness, contributing factors and consequences to citizens/ followed by strategies for preparing, identifying and building sustainable relationships through the lifespan. Presented at the Shared Living and AFC Conference in Massachusetts, October 2019.
Building Bridges: Creating Relationships that Build Lives of Dignity SLIDESHOW
This workshop audience is provider agencies, including case managers. Absent from conversations about care for citizens with disabilities is their relationships with their communities. Do they have friends other than family and caregivers? Are they given opportunities to create authentic relationships? It’s time to shift the conversation about care so that it includes supporting relationship building. Presented at the AFC Summit 3 in Massachusetts, May 2019.
Becoming Person-Centered for Families SLIDESHOW
Presented to PAC organizations, family support groups, and conference workshops in 2019.
Circles of Support Workshop SLIDESHOW
Presented at the AFC Summit 2 in Worcester, MA in May 2018, this workshop demonstrates how Circles of Support develop for people with and without disabilities, and discusses creative ways that AFC case managers & providers can help those they support to identify, foster and sustain their own Circles.
Circles of Support Workshop SLIDESHOW
Presented to Northampton Public Schools in April 2018, this workshop opens our eyes to the realities of what Circles of Support, which we all have, typically look like for people with disabilities; and how, by shifting the narrative, our communities can collaborate through gift-mindedness to create inclusion.
DDS Training: Being Person-Centered In Everything We Do! SLIDESHOW
Cheryl and PCPP Partner Erica Ploof presented this day-long workshop to DDS employees in October 2017.
A personal story about Circles of Support VIDEO
Cheryl Ryan Chan shares her story in July 2017, of how she met and became friends with a young woman with Down Syndrome, whose vision is to become a public speaker. The story illustrates the concept of how relationships can build when 2 people share a common interest and decide to help each other, without any pre-determined systems involvement.
Developing a Housing Strategy: because Mom and Dad living forever isn’t a plan SLIDESHOW
Presented at the Autism Society of America Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in July 2017, together with Catherine Boyle, President of Autism Housing Pathways, Inc.
Thinking Person-Centered SLIDESHOW
A 30-minute discussion on Facebook Live, April 12, 2017 – Cheryl Ryan Chan addresses the need for families and loved ones to change perspectives, language and approach so as to steward the humanity of the people we love.
Essential Elements of Transition: Housing and Person-Centered Planning SLIDESHOW
Presented in March 2017 at the Current Trends in Autism Conference, Cheryl Ryan Chan and Catherine Boyle, President of Autism Housing Pathways, Inc, co-present on these important elements of future planning for children and adults with disabilities.
Becoming Person-Centered: for Families WEBINAR
Presented online in January 2017, Cheryl Ryan Chan introduces families to the essential elements of a person-centered plan and presents her thoughts on how families need to steward the humanity of those we love, by shifting our language, approach and thinking to place the person before the systems.
PCP101 for Organizations SLIDESHOW
Presented to Human Service provider agencies, Cheryl Ryan Chan introduces the essential elements of person-centered planning and describes elements of person-centered thinking and approaches that can be adopted and applied across organizations, to improve services for individuals.
ASD & Transitions: Hard Lessons Learned & Taught as a Person-Centered Planning Facilitator SLIDESHOW
Presented in October 2016 to the National Association of Dual Diagnoses (NADD, www.thenadd.org), Cheryl Ryan Chan takes a look back at the most compelling and difficult situations she has dealt with through her experiences as a PCP Facilitator; and uses these to illustrate the critical need for life-skills planning years ahead of a person reaching adulthood.