Archives of The California Gatherings Newsletters and Resource Notes

Newsletter #1 – Article about choice and control; and a visual flow chart describing how to build a person centered one page description and plan.
Newsletter #2 – Focused on supporting individuals to make community connections.
Special Edition – Devoted to resources Regarding the pandemic and support services.
Newsletter #4 – Focused on supported decision-making and self-advocacy resources and tools.
Newsletter #5 – This newsletter and the next two focuses on supporting people with and without disabilities as they go through change.
Newsletter #6 – In this edition, Part 2 of the series on managing the transition to the “new normal” created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, an article about how policies and practices regarding disability services and supports may or may not change post pandemic.
Newsletter #7 – In this edition, Part 3 of the series on managing the transition to the “new beginning” created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Newsletter #8 – In upcoming issues, we’ll share resources that focus on: (1) reconnecting with community as well as services and supports. 2) person-centered practices and culture. If you have resources on these topics, please send them to us at
Newsletter #9 – In this issue, several articles about race, culture and person centered practices. A plan for determining your level of risk in coming out of quarantine. Finally, developing a person-centered plan for health emergencies.
Newsletter #11 – In this edition: all about protests and racial justice in plain language; a webinar on peer support and personcentered planning; an article on intersectionality and person-centered thinking; and,The ARCs’ message against systemic racism.
Newsletter #12 – This edition focuses on culture and its relationship to person-centered practices. Considerable content has been excerpted from a webinar titled Pieces of the Same Puzzle: The Role of Culture in Person-Centered Thinking, Planning, and Practice.
Newsletter #13 – The focus of this special issue is on the need for advocacy on the issues of economic and healthcare equity for people with disabilities.
Newsletter #14 – This newsletter is the second is our series on culture, race, identity and person centered practices. We focus here on cultural competence at an individual and organizational level as well as linguistically.
Newsletter #15 – This issue describes disability culture and a way we can learn more about our own culture and identity.
Newsletter #16 – This is a special edition focused on developing meaningful outcomes with individuals in the person centered planning process. In California, the Department of Developmental Services has recently requested that nonresidential providers develop outcomes and person centered plans for individuals who prefer using alternative services (e.g., remote). Are you ready?
Newsletter #17 – This and the next two issues, focus on change needed to create a person-driven system of services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. The next issue will highlight indicators of person-centered systems. And the third issue will conclude with several ways to assess progress.
Newsletter #18 – This issue focuses on the values, characteristics and indicators of a person-driven organization and system. The next and concluding edition of this series focuses on several ways to assess movement towards that end.
Newsletter #19 – Now that we have presented the qualitative elements of a person-centered system, we turn to ways that providers and others can use to assess their progress in meeting the expectations we covered in Part 2 (Newsletter #18).
Newsletter #20 – We’re working on a series on self-determination. We’ll start with a brief historical perspective from some of the leading lights of the movement when it started to pick up momentum in the mid 1990s. A reminder that the journey to self-determination for people with developmental disabilities has been a long one.
Newsletter #21 – In this second edition about self-determination, additional thoughts, research findings and definitions.

Newsletters in Spanish
Newsletter #5 – Gracias a Tina Calderaro-Mendoza que sugirió esta series y contenido proporcionado. Puede encontrar el artículo original en Mind Tools buscando el modelo de transición de Bridges. También encontrara en esta edición un artículo de Michael Smull sobre perdida y dolor y un video de YouTube con Derek Smith y Karyn Harvey enfocándose en trauma y curación.
Newsletter #6 – Si no ha visto Crip Camp: Una revolución de la discapacidad, véalo en Netflix. ¡Nunca se le olvidara! Vea la experiencia virtual oficial con altavoces de la comunidad de discapacidad centrada en activismo. En esta edición, Parte 2 de la serie en la gestión de la transición a la “nueva normalidad” creada por la Pandemia de COVID-19. Además, un artículo sobre como las políticas y prácticas sobre los servicios y apoyos de discapacidad pueden o no pueden cambiar después de la pandemia.
Newsletter #7 – En esta edición, la parte 3 de la serie sobre la gestión de la transición al “nuevo comienzo” creado por la pandemia COVID-19. Usted puede encontrar el articulo original en Mind Tools por buscar Bridges’ Transition Model. También encontrara maneras de integrar el modelo en las prácticas de personas con algunos medios que apoyara sus esfuerzos.

Derek & Dr. Karyn Harvey- Getting Through and Coping with COVID-19
Derek Smith has had several conversations with Dr. Karyn Harvey, psychologist, about getting through, coping and growing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Introduction – Part 1 Getting Through it – Part 2
Optimism, Hope, Resilience – Part 3 Trauma and Healing – Part 4
Positive Identity Development – Part 5 Grief and Loss – Part 6Hope – Part 7

Resource Notes
Resource Note #1 – COVID-19 Toolkit For DSPs Resources to help DSPs take care of themselves during the crisis
Resource Note #2 – Coping with Coronavirus and Social Isolation Webinar
Resource Note #3 – Webinar: Tools for Supporting People When Familiar Supports Aren’t Available
Resource Note #4 – NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide
Resource Note #5 – International Disability Alliance – Leaving No-One Behind in the Disability-Inclusive Reponse
Resource Note #6 – On the Ground with the Pandemic: A provider perspective
Resource Note #7 – How do you talk about COVID-19 to people with intellectual disabilities?
Resource Note #8 – HHS OCR Issues Guidance Confirming that Federal Law Prohibits Disability Discrimination in Rationing Scarce Medical Treatment; Disability and Disaster Hotline during COVID-19; and How the COVID-19 Stimulus Package Impacts People with Disabilities
Resource Note #9 – The continued importance of ritual and routines
Resource Note #10 – COVID-19 Health Summary for a Person with a Developmental Disability
Resource Note #11 – One Page Descriptions for People who are Sick or Hospitalized
Resource Note #12 – More Resources for Supporting Individuals During the Pandemic
Resource Note #13 – Communication Rights and Multiple Uses for One-Page Descriptions
Resource Note#14 – COVID-19 Resources for Direct Support Professionals and Advocates
Resource Note #15 – More information on creating one page profiles and health passports with examples
Resource Note #16 – Article about loss and grief; website resource for a clear and easy to understand explanation of COVID-19; and, a survey of DSPs
Resource Note #17 – Impact of pandemic on organizations; links to ASL videos regarding COVID-19; share your story; and links to English and Spanish information from Self Advocates Becoming Empowered
Resource Note #18 – You’ll find a link to a video about why your doctor looks different during Covid-19. You’ll also find: information about a TASH webinar; an email campaign for making sure that Direct Support Professionals have the protective gear they need to continue their work; and, an announcement about the TLC Portland Gathering.
Resource Note #19 – World Cafe 6 webinar on Changes in Our System; Understanding Trauma: The Workforce Perspective; and, Information for Californians who want to track the pandemic, its effects on the budget, and advocate for services and supports.
Resource Note #20 – In this issue: resources on using technology (e.g., remote communication and learning); a webinar on understanding dual diagnosis; and, an advocacy resource regrading the need for Federal assistance for individuals and disability services and supports post pandemic.
Resource Note #21 – In this issue you’ll find A World Cafe on trauma and resilience. Three videos from the National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems on person centered practices and the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, an invitation to join the American Psychological Association’s town hall on racism.
Resource Note #22 – Recorded and upcoming webinars and a guide tomaking video meetings more accessible for all.
Resource Note #23 – Resources on supported decision-making, self-advocacy and supporting people with disabilities during the isolation created by the pandemic.
Resource Note #24 – In this note: notice of the next World Cafe; follow-up to On the Ground; a workbook on processing the pandemic; and, a free summer Zoom concert series.
Resource Note #25 – In this note, you’ll find a prerecorded webinar and resource material on trauma-informed and person-centered thinking and support; a fillable individual plan for reconnecting to the community; and an excerpt from article on the habit of hierarchy by David Hinsberger.
Resource Note #26 – In this issue, another example of a resource to support individuals using services in reconnecting with their communities. Also, an archive of self-determination newsletters.
Resource Note #27 – Self-help booklets for people with intellectual disabilities about COVID-19 and its effects; a wellness guide to overcoming isolation; a collection of videos about COVID-19 in Spanish; and a COVID-19 Tips booklet available in multiple languages.
Resource Note #28 – In this note, a webinar on person-centered practices for the pandemic and beyond; a World Cafe on change agents and change targets; and, the COVID-19 workbook translated into Spanish.
Resource Note #29 – In this note, a webinar on intersectionality across disability; Derek and Karyn Harvey on hope; and, some graphics for an article on Culture, Identity and Person Centered Practices.
Resource Note #30 – Highlights Progress for Providers and A Guide to Home and Community Based Service Standards and Person-Centered Practices
Resource Note #31 – Free virtual summer concert series; NADD conference notice; risk assessment graphic from A Guide to Home and Community Based Service Standards and Person-Centered Practices
Resource Note #32 – Webinars about health and acting on our assumptions, resources regarding rights education and advocacy, and access to Reinventing Quality conference resources.
|Resource Note #33 – Upcoming webinar on intersectionality and peer support; core competencies of facilitation; and an excerpt from Progress for Providers which is a method of evaluation of person-centered, organizational practices.
Resource Note #34 – A danger of a “single story” is that it blocks meaningful discovery about the diversity of everyone around us. News of a webinar dedicated to The Single Story.
Resource Note #35 – This issue focuses on resources about supported decision-making.
Resource Note #36 – Webinars, gatherings, webinars . .
Resource Note #37 – Gatherings, webinars, tips on virtual meetings, and the ADA at 25.
Resource Note #38 – Invitation to World Cafe #12; Save the Date for The Redwoods Gathering; and, Register for the Minnesota Gathering.
Resource Note #39 – A free conference from The Arc and a guide to assist human service systems to fully and effectively include people who receive services in public policy decisions and systems change efforts.
Resource Note #40 – Highlighting a workbook on Stakeholder Asset Mapping, a new Facebook group called Disability Zoom, and commemorating the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Resource Note #41 – This issues includes: Derek Smith and Karyn Harvey on coping with COVID and loneliness; a video series on critical issues for parents of children with disabilities, featuring Laura Buckner; upcoming NADD virtual conference; and, a reminder about registration for The Redwoods Gathering.
Resource Note #42 – The Redwoods Gathering registration edition..
Resource Note #43 – Resources for families and individuals regarding person centered thinking, planning and practices during COVID-19; Straight Talk video series for parents; a video on using gifts and talents for career exploration; excerpt of promoting positive change; and, a resource for understanding health equity challenges for people with disabilities. Resource Note #44 – Today’s note includes resource links to a healthy relationship curriculum, a plain language booklet about racism, another about bullying, and videos about sexuality and staying safe in harmful situations.
Resource Note #45 – Highlights two excellent virtual training activities.
Resource Note #46 – This issue covers a webinar and resource guide to facilitating person-centered planning; some online training resources for Direct Support Professionals; and, a new video by Derek and Karyn on coping with COVID and the holidays.
Resource Note #47 – Each time services and supports close and reopen, how individuals want to reconnect to their communities becomes an important issue. Here are several examples of ways to listen and record what we learn. Also, some tips on getting centered during the increased time we spend in virtual, online worlds.
Resource Note #48 – Reminder of an upcoming webinar and some deep dives into the archives.
Resource Note #49 – It’s all about webinars, training and an upcoming world café.
Resource Note #50 – This 50th edition includes several new opportunities for training and a briefing paper for an upcoming webinar.
Resource Note #51 – This issue is dedicated to the language we use from different perspectives. 
Resource Note #52 – This issue includes a video link about coping with covid from Derek and Karyn,  thoughts about accessibility and the pandemic, a world café notice, and a paper on quality services.
Resource Note #53 – Join in on the conversation on culture and person centered practices, a summary of a recently completed webinar on facilitating person-centered planning, and a reminder about the upcoming World Café.
Resource Note #54 – A reminder about the conversation on culture and person centered practices, a summary of a recently completed webinar on tips and tricks for creating accessible content, and some great resource links from The ARC.
Resource Note #55 – An upcoming conference on self-determination, resources for supported decision making, and transition. And a poster for supporting the fight again isolation poster.
Resource Note #56 – Upcoming webinars, a World Café, and some resources regarding relationships and sex education.
Resource Note #57 – Upcoming virtual conference on self-determination; reminder for webinars.
Resource Note #58 – Reminder of an upcoming virtual conference on self-determination, another on PCT and Disaster Preparedness; a World Café on fatigue; and a plain language article on the COVID vaccine.
Resource Note #59 – Upcoming webinars, virtual training, conferences, and advocacy efforts.
Resource Note #60 – This edition includes a Save the Date for the California Gathering, a reminder of tomorrow’s World Café and an upcoming, virtual Person Centered Thinking training.
Resource Note #61 – Reminders of upcoming webinars, training, a summary of a conference on person centered quality assurance, and a self-care assessment that you should check out.