#004: Living a Life of Relationship with Janet Klees

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In the 4th episode, Genia Stephen welcomes Janet Klees, Author and Executive Director of the Durham Association for Family Resources and Support in Ontario, Canada.

Janet shares what’s driven her to become an advocate for people with disabilities. Her work focuses on giving typical choices to people with disabilities.

Show Notes:

Introduction of Janet Klees

  • Janet discusses her past experiences that shaped who she is today. People often get stuck seeing the people’s limitations first, instead of the person’s capabilities and contributions.
  • Relationships are an important part of life and helping kids develop relationships should be a priority.
  • It’s important to give kids autonomy, also allowing them to make choices at a young age.
  • Janet’s organization runs support groups  based on principles of hope and direction. 

Tweetable Quotes:

“Life happens best in typical ways, in ordinary community.” –Janet.

We’re not looking at special places for special people. We are really looking at ordinary places where the rest of the people go to watch the ball game or the rest of the community goes for Yoga classes or goes to school, for example.”  – Janet.

So the principles bring us back to a piece that we feel is strong and good and gives us hope in a direction forward.”  – Janet.

When people are seen as special and put in a special place, what do we get? What we get? We get loneliness, isolation. We get a real standing still. One of the things as human beings and most powerful learning methods is the power of imitation, and we imitate those around us.” – Janet.

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Genia Stephen
Genia Stephen

Sister, mother, midwife, writer, speaker and perpetually curious. Dedicated to bringing you the voices, ideas and conversations of world class mentors and thought leaders in the field of disability.