How to be driven by vision, not fear

John Armstrong explains why safety has never come from segregated settings.

Sometimes we are driven by fear to select options that seem safe. These might include special schools, group homes, day programs, and even “special swimming classes”. Yet, ironically, safety has never come from segregated settings.

Being with valued people in valued places and doing valued activities is what keeps people safe.

Having someone in your life committed to your well-being is what keeps people safe.

Paid services and grouping people based on disability can’t replicate or replace these critical elements.

In this session, John provided a framework to help us overcome our fears. He showed us how to use our Vision to truly safeguard the lives of people with disability.

About John Armstrong

John armstrong speaking into microphone while presenting on stageJohn Armstrong has worked with people and families of people with a disability for over 40 years. He has worked as a trainer and consultant across many settings with individuals, families and agencies throughout Australia and New Zealand.

John is one of only two Senior Trainers of SRV (Social Role Valorisation) in Australia. He has presented on the topic of SRV in many international forums. He contributed two chapters of the recently-published book: Aging and the Good Things of Life: The Application of Social Role Valorization to Supporting People as They Age.