Starfire believes people’s skills and passions are bigger than their labels. In order to lessen social isolation, and increase togetherness, we build stronger social networks from a capacity-based approach. Together with families, staff, and people with the label of disability, we work at connecting people who share common interests in their own neighborhoods. We invite everyone to build inclusive lives together.
Starfire’s work has been inspired by the work of many person-centered thinkers including Jo Krippenstapel, Tom Kohler, Wolf Wolfensburger, Jean Vanier, John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien.
“All citizens have better life chances, and everyone’s world grows more interesting, when communities offer rich opportunities for all people to have these five valued experiences.”
- Sharing Places – People sharing the ordinary places of community life at the same time and in the same way as others helps them be seen for their gifts and passions.
- Making Choices – Choices big and small, in all areas of one’s life, lead to possibilities and opportunities to grow.
- Making Contributions – Attaining valued roles that use our gifts, talents, passions, interests, ideas and opinions are all ways to make contributions.
- Growing in Relationships – Taking time to develop a wide, diverse range of relationships with people to grow stronger in our relationships.
- Experiencing Respect – Being seen as a valued person who has positive roles to play in other people’s lives by putting our best foot forward.
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