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From Behind the Piano

The building of Judith Snow's unique
Circle of Friends

by Jack Pearpoint

What's Really Worth Doing And How to Do It

A book for people who love someone labeled disabled

by Judith Snow

This book is also available as part of the

>Friendship Pack


From Behind the Piano
The story of Judith Snow & her Joshua committee. Love, determination and hard work conquer challenges. An inspiration for anyone struggling to make a difference.

This 136 page book (in the first edition) has become one of our best sellers (15,000 copies). It is used around the world, and is a textbook in many human service programs. It is used by high schools teachers, college professors and as a great human interest story. The book details the personal story of helping Judith Snow move out of an institution and into the community. In the process, a circle of support was born that not only helped Judith, but changed the lives of all involved. The message is powerful and simple: None of us can deal with a crisis alone. The book explains the formation of the "Joshua Committee" as Judith Snow named her Circle of Support. John O'Brien's 10 page afterward is a brilliant essay about the message of hope embedded in the book.

Human service organizations, families, advocacy networks and anyone interested in understanding the depth of building circles of friendship or circles of support. Used by courses in high schools and universities in social science, social work, human relations and human service. Also, just a good read for anyone interested in courageous people working together for change. A must for families, and an inspiration for people with disabilities attempting to get out of any kind of institutional setting.

What's Really Worth Doing & How To DO IT!
"This is a book of wisdom an invitation to the dance of life." John McKnight

This book stood on its own, but is better in combination with "From Behind the Piano". We got orders for this little 75 page gem for courses and conferences all over the world. Judith says her book is about strategies to make it possible for people who are vulnerable to be more present and included in their communities. Her premise is that we must replace the thinking of disability with the thinking of "giftedness." If you want to know how to start to build support circles (i.e. circles of friends), this is the book for you.

Popular with adult service providers, human service organizations, advocacy groups, families, individuals with labels, and useful for anyone facing a crisis in their lives. We think school systems could benefit from this small book in helping to build circles around vulnerable children. Applicable for everyone involved in building circles of support or interested in the concept. Relevant for families dealing with any crisis with their children or their own aging parents. Excellent as a conference handout. We have a special discount price for organizations and conferences who want to give out both From Behind the Piano and What's Really Worth Doing in their new combined form There is a companion video - done by TV Ontario - entitled Friendship, Its About Time. It is an excellent vision partner for the book.

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