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Our aim was to help provide a vision and tactical steps to work their way out of a day program and sheltered workshop more frequently, to provide more individualized supports, and to launch a mini project in partnership with a person with a disability in the community.
Our sessions were part brainstorm and part affirmation that this was new and difficult work to start to think of our roles outside of structured program models. In the days of the day program, Starfire U, when our building on any given weekday held over people with developmental disabilities and dozens of staff leading outings and activities, Melanie attended our program.
A dozen or so, stacked up in succession. She told staff that another member, Melanie had hit her unprovoked with a book while waiting for their next bus.
Staff told Lena that they were concerned about the incident and would talk to Melanie immediately. When Melanie arrived at AM, staff member, John, pulled her aside and asked her to explain the incident that happened with Lena.
She expressed that at the bus stop Tuesday afternoon Melanie had yelled at her multiple times before hitting her with an open hand in the collar bone area. Melanie cried, tears streaming down her face, and, I paused briefly, only to ask her ask her if I should continue. Should I continue to read the way people see you? The way you treat them?
Her smile was quick to reappear, the tears completely gone, her chipper self, returned. Was Melanie attention seeking?
Was she merely seeking connection? Each incident report written about her, meant time in an office with staff attention uninterrupted.
Sometimes it meant sitting next to an office person and helping with tasks: shredding paper, assembling outgoing mail. Validation, to be noticed. Reading each incident report was shameful. It played into a power dynamic that I am not proud of.
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