Monthly Archives: October 2014

Good Things video update

In March I wrote a post for this blog about the video “Good Things” which was about to be released on YouTube.

The video was posted on 2nd April 2014. Six months later it seems like a good time for an update.

Good Things has now been seen by over 1200 people around the world. According to YouTube’s statistics there have been 1289 unique views to date. “Unique views” means that it is not the same people watching repeatedly. This number does not include people who have watched Good Things from the DVD (rather than YouTube) or the many people who have watched it in training sessions and at conferences.

Photo of the Good Things video showing Maria using signing at her local pharmacy.

Good Things has been presented at the Speech Pathology Australia 2014 national conference; the International Society for Alternative and Augmentative Communication (ISAAC) conference in Lisbon, Portugal; and Scope’s recent Solutions to Inclusion conference.

It has also been featured on a number of websites including Respite South, Talking Mats and PrAACtical AAC.

It has been exciting to see so much interest in the video. Residents and staff involved in making Good Things have enjoyed the process and the publicity. One of the residents and I are hoping to be able to present the video and the process of making it at next year’s Having a Say conference.

One of the surprising things that has come out of the Good Things project is the level of interest in the video overseas. We have had views in 35 countries so far. Maybe the issues faced by people in group homes are the same around the world. It has been a privilege to contribute a small piece to a worldwide conversation about supporting communication and inclusion in group homes.

Once again I would like to thank all the people who have worked hard on this project – most of all the residents and staff who have opened up their lives to the world. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the video yet, you can find it here:

You can watch the whole video (approx. 20 minutes) or choose a chapter that interests you. I’d love to hear your questions and comments. You can send them to me at [email protected]

Andrea McQueen