John learns about building more just and inclusive communities from people with disabilities, their families, and their allies. He uses what he learns to advise people with disabilities and their families, advocacy groups, service providers, and governments and to spread the news among people interested in change by writing and through workshops.
John is particularly interested in learning with people who are developing the supports necessary for people with substantial needs for assistance to actively exercise their citizenship by taking valued roles in community life. This has led him to think and write about the design of self-directed services, person-centered supports and plans, customized assistance to employment, the contribution of direct support workers, partnership with families, and Asset Based Community Development.
He works in partnership with Connie Lyle O’Brien and a group of friends.
He is affiliated with the Center on Human Policy, Law & Disability at Syracuse University in the US and the Marsha Forest Centre in Canada.
- Five Basic Tasks
- Basic Tasks for Service Providers
- Citizenship & Person-Centered Work
- Conversations on Inclusive Communities
- Six Practices for Creative Engagement
- Reconnecting Hearts and Minds
- Organising for Self-Directed Support
- The Relational Basis of Empowerment
- The Unmaking of Man
- Actions That Build Community
- Supporting Community Contribution
- The Trouble With Person-Centred Planning
- Reflections on Common Threads
- Surviving Cogworld
- Lessons from Intentional Communities
- Assistance with Integrity
- Cultivating Thinking Hearts
- The Dane County Difference
- Changing Stories - Stories of Change
- Complex Needs Learning History