Format: 215 x 140mm 36pp Paperback
ISBN: 1 896230 21 0
Description: This unique book is written especially for those who work directly with individuals who have significant developmental disabilities. The book begins by challenging the reader to reflect on how they “see” a person with a significant disability. Moving past pity and on to personhood, First Contact suggests that the most important aspect of serving those with significant disabilities is to actively “meet” the person behind the disability. First Contact gives the reader ideas and suggestions for establishing contact, rapport and relationship with individuals within their care. Subtly radical, First Contact is an honest discussion of both humanity and uniqueness. This book suggests that those with significant disabilities can be “self advocates” for change in their lives.