FOURTH ANNUAL CAMPHILL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD JULY 25th-27th AT CAMPHILL VILLAGE KIMBERTON HILLS

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FOURTH ANNUAL CAMPHILL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD JULY 25th-27th AT CAMPHILL VILLAGE KIMBERTON HILLS

Thought Leaders to Discuss Challenges, Opportunities Facing Lifesharing Communities

Chestnut Ridge, NY, July 5, 2018 ​—​ ​Researchers, authors, academic experts and lifesharing community coworkers will convene at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Kimberton, Pa., from July 25th to July 27th, for the Camphill Research Symposium, a three-day series of workshops and discussions organized by Camphill Foundation and co-sponsored by Camphill Academy and Camphill Association of North America.

This year marks the fourth annual Camphill Research Symposium. Launched in 2015, the event provides a forum for sharing independent research and inspiring policy and advocacy discussion among thought leaders involved with Camphill, a worldwide movement of vibrant communities offering a lifesharing model of care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The schedule for this year’s Camphill Research Symposium includes presentations on topics such as adapting screen-based devices to a “tech-light” special education environment, biodynamic agriculture and the future of environmentalism, and responses to the new regulatory environment for intentional communities serving people with disabilities.

Featured speakers include Dan McKanan, author and Ralph Waldo Emerson Unitarian Universalist Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School; Shelly Christensen, author, founder and executive director of Inclusion Innovations; and Ashley Kim, Together For Choice national coordinator and president of Elevare Community.

This year’s Camphill Research Symposium will also include a special screening of the documentary film “Valuing Lives: Wolf Wolfensberger and the Principle of Normalization,” which examines the groundbreaking work of Wolf Wolfensberger to challenge society’s understanding of people with intellectual disabilities. This special event, held July 26th at Rose Hall at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, is open to the public. There is no cost to attend. Details can be found at www.facebook.com/events/1813873625574599/.

“Over the past four years, the Camphill Research Symposium has become a launching pad for the ideas and discussions driving the Camphill movement’s policy research and legislative advocacy,” said Shelley Burtt, executive director of Camphill Foundation. “We are thrilled to welcome another impressive lineup of presenters, and look forward to the thought-provoking discussions they will spark during this important event.”

The Camphill Research Symposium is free to attend and advance registration is required. Event details and a registration form can be found at www.camphillfoundation.org/camphill-research-symposium.

About Camphill Foundation

Founded in 1966 to support two fledgling Camphill communities in New York and Pennsylvania, Camphill Foundation has grown dramatically over the past five decades. Today, its mission is to grow, strengthen and safeguard the Camphill movement at 16 Camphill communities and affiliates in the United States and Canada. Camphill Foundation primarily accomplishes this mission by providing strategic grants and low-interest loans that help grow and sustain the Camphill movement. Visit www.camphillfoundation.org for more information.

About the Camphill Movement

Camphill is a worldwide movement of vibrant lifesharing communities that provide a unique model of care for persons with special needs. The Camphill movement draws inspiration from the principles of anthroposophy. In valuing the profound significance of each human being, practicing the art of daily living, and emphasizing mindfulness of man’s responsibility to the earth, the Camphill movement offers a model of renewal for the wider society. Learn more about the Camphill movement and Camphill communities in North America at the Camphill Association of North America’s website at www.camphill.org.

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