What is the Paradigm Initiative
The Paradigm Initiative is a not for profit agency based in Auckland that was established to work with disabled people and his or her family to enable their full inclusion in all aspects of community life.
Circles of Support also known as Intentional Networks are a powerful way to address the social isolation and loneliness that many people with a disability experience. It is families who are there for the long term and who may fear that this will become a part of their child’s life when they are no longer around. For some parents it is the fear that the Vision they hold for their child will be lost along with their history and connections to the people who care about them.
We are conscious of the limited government resources available to support all of the needs of disabled people and paid supports for family. Therefore families could seek alternative solutions to securing a good life for their son or daughter. Solutions lie within ourselves, in the people around us and in the wider community.
We strongly believe, that in order to make sound decisions relating to the future of their son or daughter, families should have access to effective information.
We will work with disabled people and their families;
- To develop, facilitate and maintain Circles of Support
- To work towards developing a community of practice in the implementation, building and maintanance of Circles of Support
- To present workshops and community conversations to families and disabled people on topics relevant to them and in line with the purpose of the Paradigm Initiative.