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Introduction to Cilli

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Phoebe Johnston

on 24 February 2014

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An introduction to the Canadian Inclusive Lives Learning Initiative

For most people, living an inclusive life means enjoying friends and family, having a place to live and work, and taking part in your community. For people with intellectual disabilities and their families, this means extra work, planning and support. The
Canadian Inclusive Lives Learning Initiative (CILLI) is a one-of-a-kind learning program for people with intellectual disabilities and their families.

The program teaches, supports and inspires people to build their own knowledge and vision for an inclusive life.
CILLI was designed by UBC’s Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship in consultation with self advocates, family members, and content experts.
How it works
The Content
The course is made up of eight modules:

1. Putting Your Plan Into Action:
knowing how to use our plan and work with others to meet our goals.
2. Supported Decision Making:
the different ways we can get help to make important decisions about our lives.
3. Community Connections:
the importance of community, relationships and social networks in our lives.
4. Employment:
ideas and tools that help us get and keep a job.

Who Participates?
The program is designed for adults with intellectual disabilities and/or their family members.
Sometimes, an individual and supporter – for example a father and daughter– may want to participate in CILLI together. Or, an individual might need a support worker to attend with them. Both of these things are encouraged.
The lessons are designed in plain language with support and assistance available along the way. People who are not used to computers, lots of reading, or traveling are still welcome to participate!
The program is designed for 22 individuals to participate.

5. Financial Literacy:
where we get our money from, how to manage it, and how to plan for the future.
6. Lifelong Learning:
how we can continue our education and learn new things throughout our adult life.
7. Creating a Home:
the options we have as adults to choose where we live, and to get the right supports we need in our homes.
8. Transitions:
moving from one stage of life to the next. This module looks at the issues and questions we face as we move from one stage to another. From teen to younger adult years, then midlife through to our senior years.
How Canadian Inclusive Lives Learning Initiative Began
Inspired by “Partners in Policy Making”, a systems advocacy training program.program originating in Minnesota in the 80's.
Through community consultations the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship (CIC) learned that the biggest need felt by families, self-advocates and organizations was education around navigating the system.
The CIC then contacted experts on certain topics related to services so that they could develop content for a course that would fit the needs specified.
These experts helped with content, identified resources and reviewed the material the CIC put together.
The CIC piloted the course in Fall 2011 with a group of 20 participants.
Among 41 participants:

70% participation in all activities
131 planning documents submitted
25 conference calls attended
336 discussion posts on website
Resources retained for future use

The Power of Planning
Response from Participants about the program:

Good tool, support network and resource for planning right now and in the future

“I learned how important it is for me to have full control of my life and how important it is to know when I want support from others and how I want it.”

Response from: Mom and Son in the community (Beth and James)

Community Engagement
Media coverage:
National News Show
UBC Reports
Globe and Mail
Citizen Newsletter

Requests and inquiries:
2 dozen emails from families
2 school boards
Other post-secondary and agency partnership proposals

Have Questions?
Modules continued...
For more information please contact the Centre for Inclusion and Citizenship at:

Phone: (604) 822-5872

E-mail: cic.ubc@ubc.ca

Website: http://cic.arts.ubc.ca/

The program lasts nine months and includes two in-person retreats and
eight online modules. Individuals are expected to:
• Attend both weekend retreats with the group and program leaders, in
a camp-style setting;
• Log into monthly “live” sessions online with a facilitator;
• Complete modules online, which will take approximately eight hours
on your own time;
• Work with your families, friends and supporters to complete work
related to building your plan.

In total, CILLI includes about 100 hours of valuable learning. Participants are also encouraged to network between themselves or contact a facilitator in between sessions.
Excerpt retrieved from: imagine!, posAbilities Newsletter, Winter 2011, Volume 2, Issue 4.
How to make it accessible?
To make this course accessible to everyone we had to think differently about how to present it.
Some of the barriers we considered can be seen in this diagram:
To make things work...
we use plain language
we encourage people to do the course alongside supports/family
we support people with their specific needs, for example equipment, transportation, mentorship, etc.
we also communicate with the participants community to ensure they have the support they need. For example, one participant didn't feel comfortable using their computer for the course so they were connected to their local employment agency who agreed to give them computer literacy tutorials.
New social connections made amongst the cohort and with their communities.
Participants were able to use their plan to customize service provision.
New tools were enacted such as new representation agreements created and RDSP's opened.
Increased confidence in advocacy and self advocacy.
Enhanced ability for participants to lead the way in their lives and in their communities.
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