Innovative Practices 2013 on Employment
A personal network for persons with disabilities
|Name of Innovative Practice:||A personal network for persons with disabilities|
|Organisation:||Tyze Personal Networks|
Tyze is built on 25 years of experience in developing personal networks for people with disabilities. It was created to scale the knowledge, values and processes underpinning network-centric approaches to support and coordination.
Good social networks are central to ensuring that people feel supported and can play a part in their local community. Personal networks (family, friends and neighbours) are directly correlated to academic, health and employment outcomes. People who have positive friendships and relationships with people in their local community are more likely to feel good about their lives, have people to call upon in a crisis, and have less need for paid help.
Tyze is rooted in 20+ years of knowledge of building strong, resilient personal networks. This deep understanding is embedded in the networks themselves, as well as in the variety of training materials and support tools.
Tyze is based on the understanding that absolutely everyone, regardless of the challenges they may face, has a contribution to make. Tyze networks are asset-based, value-interdependent, purposeful, celebratory and hospitable. Tyze is designed to focus on identifying everyone in the networks’ assets and enabling and recognising the contribution that each person can make.
IMPLEMENTATION IN THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES
Canada, USA, UK and Australia. Established originally in Canada, there are also a number of smaller, community based approaches to “circles of friends” in the UK, US and Canada. None is known, however, to be using technology or scaling internationally.
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