CLAN BEO VALUES
Everyone has a capacity for love and a good life when well connected with their own people for the long haul, who believe in them, celebrate good times together, stand together when the going get tough, and value them for who they are in the place where they come from
An alternative vision for a valued life in communities
OUR JOB IN CLAN BEO
Our job is to bend over backwards to promote progressive, respectful social integration for citizens who live with the experience of disability and to stand by others in our world who have been devalued by communities we share
WHAT WE SEE, WE ASSUME
The love of family and friends is the most reliable, natural, and empowering source of support for any person.
Any person can enjoy the challenge of new ways of living, learning, and personal development right through their life.
Each person living in the community makes a difference in the first instance by being merely present.
Clan Beo & Willie Walsh - Lots of hats!
I hail from WESTPORT, CO. MAYO - there's seven of us in family - all gifted, beautiful people.
I live with a SECONDHAND EXPERIENCE OF DISABILITY as a father, cousin, son, brother, friend
SINCE 2003 I HAVE BEEN AN ACTIVE COLLABORATOR with people, community groups, schools, businesses & human services as change agent, mentor, consultant, listener, communications assistant
I am indebted to TEACHERS FROM ALL CORNERS but especially those insights gained from 'outsider' collaborators, guides steeped in the SRV tradition, my family and friends
I START CONNECTING WITH PEOPLE THROUGH RELATIONSHIP, in ORDINARY PLACES, and a CUPPA (or a beer) - That's never a waste of time
I have been blessed to feel PROUD OF LOTS OF THE THINGS I DO; most recently the One Breath project, the wonderful InConversation Series, collaboration with the Inclusive Living Network
I look for QUALITY OF LIFE EXPERIENCES AND THE CONTRIBUTIONS of people living with first-hand experience of disability
I WALK ALONGSIDE by listening carefully, connecting up with useful people and resources, help set up and manage 'one person at a time' arrangements and planning for ordinary lives at home in community
Clan Beo is ONE OF MANY HATS I wear - I'm a family man, a community member, art lover, occupational risk manager, tennis player