Support

Arcane Horizon’s Equation of Support

At Arcane Horizon we embrace the Vulnerable Persons Act (VPA) as not only law but as our principles of support.  Gentle Teaching (GT) provides the philosophy we employ to ensure that the person receiving supports is our main focus and that they are supported in a way that values their right to make choices, their dignity, and their abilities. 

At Arcane Horizon we embrace the Vulnerable Persons Act (VPA) as not only law but as our principles of support.  Gentle Teaching (GT) provides the philosophy we employ to ensure that the person receiving supports is our main focus and that they are supported in a way that values their right to make choices, their dignity, and their abilities.  We use the skills developed through the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) program as communication tools to further create a non-judgmental environment where all matters, even difficult or upsetting ones, can be discussed openly and with everyone’s Care, Welfare, Safety and Security maintained.  NCI reminds us, as does the VPA and Gentle Teaching, that a person’s behavior or label does not define who they are as a person.  Therefore, our equation now becomes…  

  

Vulnerable Persons Act + Gentle Teaching + Non-Violent Crisis Intervention = Effective Supports  

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 Act Training

Vulnerable Person’s Act Training

The Vulnerable Person’s Act (VPA) is legislation that came into effect in 1996 and it’s inception was due to one of the founding families of the Arcane Horizon Community. 

The Vulnerable Person’s Act (VPA) is legislation that came into effect in 1996 and it’s inception was due to one of the founding families of the Arcane Horizon Community. The training focuses on the 5 Guiding Principles of the VPA which are: 

  1. People are presumed capable of making their own decisions. 

  1. People are encouraged to make their own choices. 

  1. If people need assistance to make a decision, they are encouraged to reach out to their support network. 

  1. Any assistance must be respectful of the person’s privacy and dignity as an adult. 

  1. As a last resort, a Substitute Decision Maker can be appointed if the person is not able to make a particular decision. 

The training is discussion based in which we share personal experiences, go through real life scenarios, and learn from one another. 

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Training

Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NCI) Training

All staff are trained in CPI’s Non-Violent Crisis Intervention program, and we utilize these communication guidelines and strategies in our day-to-day interactions with people, as well as in the management of a crisis scenario where safety becomes a concern. 

All staff are trained in CPI’s Non-Violent Crisis Intervention program, and we utilize these communication guidelines and strategies in our day-to-day interactions with people, as well as in the management of a crisis scenario where safety becomes a concern.  Behavior is communication, and behavior influences behavior, so staff are trained to be positive role models of behavior, to watch for the cues that will assist them in intervening early and appropriate to the situation, and to not take the behaviors of a person in crisis personally and focus on supporting them to actively participate in problem solving.  Physical supports are considered a LAST RESORT, and are used only if sanctioned in their support plan and only after all other strategies have been exhausted and / or when the person in crisis becomes a danger to self or others.  Arcane Horizon places an emphasis on the verbal skills contained in this training as a way to avoid many situations from escalating into physicality, and train staff to be engaged, positive and proactive with the people they support to create the opportunities for skill building and making effective decisions in their own lives. 

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Basic First Aid

Basic First Aid

Arcane Horizon works with St. John Ambulance to provide quality First Aid training, with the Basic First Aid course. The course is eight hours long and they are conducted seven days a week.

Arcane Horizon works with St. John Ambulance to provide quality First Aid training, with the Basic First Aid course. The course is eight hours long and they are conducted seven days a week. The course is typically provided to agency staff at no cost to the employee. The primary focus is CPR Level C (adult/infant/child), AED (defibrillator), and emergency situations (ex. choking, bleeding, asthma, allergies) This course is aimed at individuals working within 30 minutes of a medical facility in low hazard work environments.  

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When is it Okay to Use the R-Word Video

If you're still not sure when it's okay to say the R-word, maybe it's time to listen to the 6.5 million people who have intellectual disabilities in the United States alone.  

If you're still not sure when it's okay to say the R-word, maybe it's time to listen to the 6.5 million people who have intellectual disabilities in the United States alone. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0-WEOmQtrI

Hosted by: Elizabeth Plank  

Produced by: Regina Dellea Billy Disney Sam Thonis  

Special thanks to CO/LAB Theater Group www.colabtheatergroup.com 

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The Independence Myth - Denise Lance

Denise Lance (TEDxKC 2016 Challenge Winner) retired from disability research two years ago to focus on living as independently as she could with cerebral palsy.

Denise Lance (TEDxKC 2016 Challenge Winner) retired from disability research two years ago to focus on living as independently as she could with cerebral palsy. While still a disability rights advocate, she now focuses on writing and artistic endeavors, including folding origami with her feet.  In her following Ted Talk, Denise questions society's emphasis on independence, especially for those with disabilities, in light of the interdependence of all humans on one another.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PD04yP4n-A

 

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