By Michelle A. Brown
Wildwood empowers the people we support to lead productive and fulfilling lives. We always look for new methods to enact our mission. In the spring of 2018, an informational Rights Education training was developed to do just that. The adults we support and their families are provided opportunities to attend these interactive learning sessions.
The goals are:
- To assist people to learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
- To stimulate an interest in living one’s rights.
- To promote further exploration and conversation about rights and advocacy.
- To encourage the development of new and innovative methods to support people to live their rights.
A unique characteristic of this educational model is its method of delivery. Each session is facilitated by a Wildwood staff member and a person who receives support through Wildwood (a self-advocate). These co-educators deliver a strong message from a first-person perspective.
Traveling to people's homes and day programs, the co-educators speak with people, sharing both formal information and personal experiences about enacting rights.
For additional information or to set up a Rights Education session, please contact Michelle Brown at 518-640-3384 or firstname.lastname@example.org.