Working through the inclusive training modules of the New Paths to Inclusion Network project we have had the opportunity to share many interesting stories and experiences. The diverse group of learners (self advocates with their assistants, representatives from NGOs, residential institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, the Centers for Social Welfare and the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth) has over the past few months become stronger as they have had the opportunity to get to know each other better. The feedback from participants is positive and there is a lot of interest in continuing discussions on the core values of inclusion and person centeredness.
Using drawing to tell a story or to create a common understanding has been very well accepted and the lively drawings are seen as a great tool to encourage people to talk and share experiences and dreams, learn and create new ideas together.
The foundation of our work together as an inclusive group of learners was set in the “Tree of Wishes” that was created in Module 1 of the training. Looking back at that tree now, we can see that many of the expectations and wishes are being achieved and we are one step closer to accomplishing meaningful change in people’s lives, organizations and communities.