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“Peter was great! I wish I could bring in all my providers to attend this training. I would attend this training again because it is productive with ideas.
“…wonderful combination of fun and practical information.”
“Peter is great at getting us to think about our intentions as providers; whose interests are we serving? Thank you Peter, for showing me what’s important.”
-- Attendees of
Full Lives Conference
“I enjoyed the event very much - I found it very uplifting, interesting and mind blowing. In fact it was the best learning event I have ever experienced, and I feel very fortunate that we were given the opportunity to attend (although in all honesty I was not looking forward to it).
It has enabled me to have this new passion, which hopefully I can transfer to others.
Thank you all.”
“Just to say once again, a BIG THANK YOU for hosting this event.
We are going to do our best to bring these issues to the forefront of our thinking as an organisation, both in an individual way and collectively, for how we think in our planning, and how we support people in their lives.”
“Thanks for organising an excellent 3 days. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it was great to be with so many like minded people.”
“I just wanted to say I really enjoyed the course last week.
The speakers were excellent!
There were a lot of interesting discussions and I think everyone who was there really wanted to make a difference.
I am already looking forward to the next one.”
“I used your DVD
at a two-day forum with support workers from various regions of Western Australia.
I anticipated a good response, however the message was received with a huge level of enthusiasm.
-- Lynne Clutterbuck,
"Lutheran Social Service of MN has long believed that a person is a person, regardless of their disability. Through your conference, many of our staff were reenergized by the honest and open look at supports.
Your humor and outlook on what can be a difficult job at times for staff was wonderful. Thank you for being the voice for people that often do not have a voice and advocating that all of us can do the same.” "
-- Barb Stensland
LSS of Minnesota
"Peter is an excellent motivational speaker for caregivers!
He knows how we feel and what we do, and he inspires us to do our best. Bring him back!"
Direct support worker
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
I was fortunate enough to have attended a Peter Leidy workshop. I was a bit concerned when I noticed that this consultant, trainer and speaker on human services arrived with only a GUITAR (and what turned out to be a fabulous sense of humor), but after five hours of listening to Peter engage, educate and thoroughly entertain an audience of Direct Support Professionals, consumer/clients and administrators, I became a Peter Leidy follower!
Although I haven’t learned to sing my way through modules, there isn’t one of Peter Leidy’s DVD’s or CD’s that I don’t own or that doesn’t contribute to, educate or lighten up any presentation, including ITP’s, Trauma, Crisis, Behavior, Principles of Instruction, Working in the Home and especially Community Resources.
Lyn j. Dowler, Instructor
Ptooey's Educational Services
Wells Beach, Maine
Peter, thanks again for the conference you presented. It was truly one of the most inspiring conferences I've attended.
Nebraska Association of Community Professionals
"ACP, with the support of AAMR - Nebraska hosted the annual spring conference May 8 (Lincoln) and 9 (North Platte). Peter Leidy, a consultant, speaker and trainer in the human service field from Madison, Wisconsin spent the day with a record 150 participants in Lincoln and about 51 in North Platte.
Through songs, sharing personal experiences and the stories of people he has met along the way Peter challenged participants to consider what it means to do our best work. Throughout the day, there were opportunities for small groups to discuss the various issues and share personal stories as examples.
Peter's use of humor and original songs kept the group lively and tuned in to his message. Participants said that Peter was "inspirational", "powerful, brought home his message in a way that let you actually feel what he was saying, not just hear it", "one of the best, ever" and "made me really take a look at myself, and how I do my job!"
Peter Leidy uniquely combines humor, wisdom, experience, and an occasional song to help us learn ways to strengthen the connections and needed support among people with disabilities and the families, friends, and paid caregivers in their lives. You may borrow him from Wisconsin, but we want him back!
Dennis Harkins, A Simpler Way
"I have enjoyed working with Peter Leidy for the past few years. He has spent much of his professional life working with and listening to people who provide direct support. His insights about what our system can do to better support them are illuminating and direct.
And he sings! It is hard for me to imagine anyone better able to sing about the foibles of our service system than Peter Leidy. That's right
-- to sing about our historical wrong doings, our professional arrogance, the funny ways we waste our time. And to do it in a way that makes me laugh over and over again.
But that's not the half of it. In every stanza, in every song, I hear hope about this profession and helping professionals
. Peter believes in the likes of you and me. He knows we are capable of helping people to live real lives in ordinary, everyday places. He sings about our potential. He sings about our possibility!"
"I first met Peter at our annual New Hampshire Direct Support Professional Conference in 2005. As the chairperson of the Planning Committee for the 2006 Conference I recommended that we have Peter back for a second year as our keynote speaker because he masterfully validates our work and really 'walks the talk.'
Peter truly understands what it takes to support people on a daily basis in a meaningful way --and the joyful spirit necessary to do the work well. Peter is an inspirational, insightful and entertaining speaker. Our Direct Support Professionals in NH gave him excellent ratings!"
Proud DSP of 22 years
"Peter Leidy is a wise guy. In the true sense of the words. Oh, he's funny enough. He's got a good voice and can make great music. But the fact he understands the first responsibility of helping professionals is to treat the people they support like fellow human beings, not to get the progress sheets recorded
, makes him a rare and wise guy in the world I know.
Thanks for the inspiration, Peter!"
Poet and author of You Can Still Go to Hell and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional
"Peter's singing keynote address at our annual Supported Life Conference received rave reviews from attendees.
He's a great presenter and performer, and his songs are right on target. Peter is also wonderful to work with -- organized, professional, and easy-going."
"Peter's many years of experience with individualized supports, and talents as a story teller, inspire staff to look at people with disabilities they support in a whole new light. He helps staff understand new ways of contributing to people's success as community members
On the release of The Great Escape
"At last! Peter's new CD! Took him long enough, but what a payoff for the long wait, starting with the title tune. It's based on the true adventures of the great Charlie Larson, an unsung hero until now. One of our favorites is "The Biter", a tribute to all of us who are known more by what we do than who we are. The Great Escape includes 13 tunes in all, the last of which, "Coming Home", includes goosebumps free of charge."