“To me the outside world is a totally baffling incomprehensible mayhem which terrifies me. It is a meaningless mass of sights and sounds, noises and movements, coming from nowhere, going nowhere.” Ros Blackburn
Caleb Proposal (Michael Kendrick) Main Elements 1.Caleb is at the centre and we will follow where he takes us. Listen to Caleb. Caleb must be in control. 2.Attend to physical health issues. 3.New relationship between Caleb / ourselves as parents and Western Care. 4.Reduce the number of staff working with Caleb. 5.Look at the possibility of Caleb having his own place to live. 6.Investigate work for Caleb based on his interests. 7.The importance of building and developing the right relationships.
“I want to be included in the real world, which means the highs and the lows, the good and the bad. I want to work, to have a job. I want you to have the same expectations of me as of other people. High goals + high levels of support.” Ros Blackburn
Caleb’s House Signing Contract & Keys 10 th August 2006
KEY LEARNING External intervention (Michael Kendrick, Barbara Doyle, etc.) Support of Western Care High quality of people, (essentially the Circle of Support.) Exclusive focus on Caleb Giving Caleb control Vision Hard work and commitment High quality advocacy Importance of relationships to Caleb
“Be creative, inventive, imaginative. Have a sense of humour.” Ros Blackburn