Re-Imagining Parenting Possibilities Workshop

A photograph of a woman holding a book which reads 'easy read'

 

This is written in Easy Read so everyone can read it.

 

 

 

This is about the Re-imagining Parenting Possibilities Self-Advocate Working Group theatre workshop.

 

The logo for Springtide Resources

Re-Imagining Parenting Possibilities began because of the work of community organizations Springtide Resources, Centre for Independent Living Toronto and SPIN (Strength-based Parenting Initiative).

 

Logo for Centre for Independent Living

 

These groups noticed how labelled people were excluded and treated differently when it came to parenting. This lead to the creation of the Re-Imagining Parenting Possibilities group.

 

A drawn Map of Ontario

 

 

Re-Imagining Parenting Possibilities is a group from Ontario, Canada.

 

 

 

Ryerson University Logo

The group includes labelled people and researchers from McMaster and Ryerson Universities.

 

McMaster University Logo

photograph of people sitting at a table which has papers spread out on it.

 

They worked together as researchers and co-researchers.

 

 

A circle enclosed a magnifying glass. Inside the glass are people pointing to a table together

 

Co-researchers are people from the community who help university researchers in all of the research.

 

 

a photograph of two people with their arms around each other giving the thumbs up

 

It was important that the co-researchers be labelled people.

 

 

a photograph of four disabled people with speech bubbles around them

 

The group wanted to make sure that labelled people were a part of research about how labelled people can parent.

 

 

a photograph of two people with papers facing a person across a table

 

They collected stories from labelled people all over Ontario about why they are parents or why they are not parents.

 

 

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Together the group read the collected stories many times.

 

 

A circle enclosed a magnifying glass. Inside the glass are people pointing to a table together

 

Together the group decided what were the important ideas.

 

 

 

a group of people around a table with a large magnifying glass superimposed on the table

 

The group focused on how people responded to labelled people saying they wanted to be parents.

 

 

a photograph of a woman with her arm spread out next to a theatre mask

 

The group took parts of these stories and turned them into scenes to be performed.

 

 

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People who come to the workshop can be a part of each scene.

 

 

two hand drawn theatre masks with the words 'forum theatre'

 

The scenes are a type of theatre called forum theatre.

 

 

 

a photograph of a woman with her arm spread out next to a theatre mask

 

In forum theatre scenes are about oppression.

 

 

A photograph of a man using a wheelchair putting his thumb down. He is holding a sign with a large red X on it.

 

Oppression is when one group of people is treated unfairly or unjustly.

 

 

a photograph of a woman with her arm spread out next to a theatre mask

 

The Re-Imagining Parenting Possibilities scenes are about dis/ableism.

 

 

a photograph of a woman in a wheel chair sitting at the bottom of a set of stairs

 

Dis/ableism is when people with disabilities are treated unfairly because of their disability.

 

 

photograph of a woman with her arms folded and head down. there are two men in the background pointing at her

 

In the Re-Imagining Parenting Possibilities scenes people act out the ways in which labelled people are treated when they say they want to be parents.

 

 

photograph of a woman holding her head

 

This means that the scenes can be painful and hard to watch.

 

 

 

a red stop sign with three people inside

 

But the audience can act in the scene and can stop the scene to change what happens.

 

 

photograph of man with his hand up and a stern look on his face

 

Stopping the scene and changing what happens can help us to explore different ways that labelled people can parent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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