Everyone needs a support network to function well in their daily lives. For people with disability this needs to be more structured so that individuals can achieve their goals and have people looking out for their well-being. Intentional support networks are key to keeping people safe and supported into the future, especially after parents may no longer be able to.
This Australian website has tools to help you locate and connect with a COSAM organisation near you, find out how circles and microboards work, and help you decide on setting up a circle of support or microboard. (Opens in COSAM website)
A 28 page guide on starting a circle of support. It includes what are they, research, limits, members, meeting structure, involving the person with disability, circles of support for children, and elements of a successful circle. Published by Resourcing Inclusive Communities. (PDF)
Are you uncomfortable with asking others to be involved? Learn to ask effectively to overcome the barriers and be more successful in your efforts. "Effective community builders need to know not just why they are asking but who to ask, how to ask, when to ask, and where to ask. As askers, we need to be ask
prepared." An article by Ric Thompson, Coordinator of Inclusion Works, in Townsville QLD. (PDF)
"I use to find it hard to ask for help, because I thought that I was asking people to do me a favour. Now I see that it is me who is doing them the favour." In this one page article, parent Ingrid Michalowsky talks about why we need the help of others to support people to experience the good things of life. (PDF)