As part of “EPIC: Everyone in Pike Included and Contributing”, two training opportunities are being offered to Pike County residents for FREE. EPIC is a new inclusive community initiative underway in Pike County.
With grant funding from the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities, EPIC will engage the support of consultants and other agencies to provide training on community inclusion, person-centered planning, supportive housing, customized employment, inclusive education, and the Star Raft model of community networking.
For citizens with developmental disabilities, EPIC will create person-centered plans based on their hopes, dreams, and gifts. Using the Star Raft model, each individual’s Star Raft group will support that person to live out their plan, thereby increasing community connections, participation, contribution and overall quality of life. Simultaneously, EPIC will equip and empower the community to welcome, engage, and support citizens with developmental disabilities to participate and contribute.
On July 15-17th, Pike County residents interested in facilitating person-centered planning sessions for individuals are invited to an intensive, active, three-day experience. Lunch is provided, as well as a PATH kit containing all the materials needed to be a practicing PATH facilitator. Space is limited to 15 participants. The event will be held July 15-17th at the JWCC Perry Ag Center.
On August 8th, David Wetherow, expert in community building and Star Raft founder, will host a gathering of self-advocates, family members, and community partners to learn and practice an exciting set of tools for invitation, setting direction, circle development, managing direct supports, and navigating safely and joyfully towards a good life. The event will be held August 8th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Findley Place Community Room, 400 W. Jefferson in Pittsfield.
Both events are free to Pike County residents, CEUs and CPDUs are available, and online registration can be found at http://www.iamcinc.evenbrite.com/. Pike County residents are urged to register promptly to ensure availability of space as both events are offered for a fee to registrants from outside Pike County as well. Many more training opportunities on a variety of topics will be planned over the course of the one-year grant.
EPIC staff are eager to speak to community groups about the project. Civic organizations, businesses, churches and other groups are invited to schedule a speaking engagement.
For more information about EPIC, please contact Michele Westmaas, Project Coordinator, email@example.com, 217-473-6450 or Carrie Martin, Grant Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-242-9833.
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