In cooperation with the German-speaking network on 'Person Centred Planning', Leben mit Behinderung Hamburg organised a symposium entitled ‘Zukunftsplanung bewegt... Menschen, Organisationen, Regionen’ (Person centred planning moves... people, organisations, regions). The conference took place in Hamburg on 14-16 November, 2013 and was attended by more than 400 people with and without disabilities. They discussed basic elements of person centred planning and its application in schools and in the workplace. Key note speakers included Beth Mount, one of the pioneers of person centred approaches.
Beth Mount, a pioneer of person centred planning, spoke at the symposium in Hamburg.
Exploring inclusive communities: sensing journey in Hamburg
Hamburg was also the site of the first sensing journey of the New Paths to InclUsion Network. Our members visited a number of community inclusion projects to learn about what it takes to develop inclusive and welcoming communities. You can read more about the sensing journey here.
New Paths to Inclusion - Sensing Event
7th and 8th February 2014, in the Wälderhaus in Hamburg Wilhelmsburg
After Balance and APEMH, Leben mit Behinderung was the third organisation to hold a sensing event. During the preparation of the event, one of the big questions was how to involve people with learning disabilities in such a change process. Leben mit Behinderung decided to try a new approach and invited service users to the event. Therefore, the thirty-five participants included staff members from all levels, family members and seven persons with learning disabilities whose involvement had a significant influence on the group.
It was a wonderful learning experience for all the participants. The staff members learned that cooperating with family members and service users is very useful, and can bring about new and precious ideas. The people with learning disabilities realised that they have a meaningful role in the process of developing organisations.
During these two days participants worked together in a very creative way and enjoyed new experiences. During the walks in the park next to the conference rooms, they discussed various issues. These activities provided them with new perspectives and a clearer idea of what is going well in the organisation, but also of what has to change in order for Leben mit Behinderung to become more person-centred.