Dean's List Academy
Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council
& the very generous John E. Fogarty Foundation
Claiming a Corner of Community — a FREE seminar on building inclusive communities, led by Tim Vogt of Starfire
Learn how care-giving family members of people with disabilities and the facilitators of their personal support networks can collaborate with friends, neighbors, local groups, business leaders, educators, public officials and others to build more inclusive communities. Help empower individuals with disabilities to pursue a passion in common with other people in their neighborhoods through community service. By extending their outreach to improve the community with a service project, they build relationships and support. In this way, their loved one doesn’t stand in the center of a circle as a focus of others' care, but rather actively shares his or her gifts in an environment of meaningful human connections.
Tim Vogt is Director of Vision and Scale at Starfire, a person-centered advocacy organization based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Vogt’s life work focuses on bringing together the community and shedding labels that can hinder the progress and potential of people with disabilities. Vogt's method redirects the focus from an individual’s disability to their passions and interests. His visionary message is to maximize the positive and minimize the negative.
Vogt is currently writing a book on this topic with other similar visionary advocates — John McKnight, Beth Mount, Jack Pearpoint, Linda Kahn and John and Connie Lyle O’Brien — and will share his profound insights in order to help us build more inclusive communities and improve the lives of people with disabilities here in Rhode Island.