Options has four publications that are available for sale. Ordering information is at the bottom of this page.

Sharing Community: Strategies, Tips and Lessons Learned from Experiences of Community Building at Options

Gary Messinger and Lisa Mills, illustrations by Kyle Fite. 2005. Softbound.

Strategies, Tips, and Lessons Learned from Experiences of Community Building at Options: How can we promote, facilitate and support building community?

  • developing opportunities for relationships belonging, inclusion, and meaning
  • you can help build community
  • the snowball effect listening and believing in people’s dreams
  • the art of asking
  • 20 tips for community builders
  • stepping back
  • the stage manager as hero
  • the power of passion

Price: $25.00 postage paid within the US and Canada.

Remembering the Soul of our Work: Stories by the staff of Options in Community Living

Published by Options 1992, edited by John O’Brien and Connie Lyle O’Brien

The book is a collection of stories written by Options staff over the course of several years as a part of organizational efforts to reflect on the day to day work and our role in providing services. Options’ staff have been writing stories to read to each other at staff meetings since 1987, on a more or less regular basis. Currently stories are written and shared about every other month. Remembering the Soul of our Work is the result of story writing over a five year period.

The Book includes stories written on the following themes: Ordinary Moments, Everday Triumphs, Assistance, Sticking With People, Understanding How People Change, Dreams, Family, Friends, Money Matters, Fighting The System, Clienthood, Suffering & Death, Teachers, Words of Power, Love Stories, Commitment, Discrimination, Why I Do This Work, Last Night I Had a Dream, Community Building, A Future Vision for Options, What it Was Like Before, Writing Stories at Work

$20.00 postage paid within the US and Canada

Celebrating the Ordinary: The Emergence of Options in Community Living as a Thoughtful Organization

John O’Brien, Connie Lyle-O’Brien, and Gail Jacob. 1998. 245 pages, softbound.

Collected stories, pictures, documents, and operational policies from Options’ work in providing supported living services: People with developmental disabilities lead · autonomy and support can lead to liberation · conflict clarifies belief · high ideals grounded in daily demands · building relationships and agreements · policy on quality of life · ordinary connections · stretching the ordinary: · holding stress · acknowledging difficulty · relationships as a resource · designing support · effective personal assistance · generating flexibility · chewing on intractable problems · progress on community building.

$25.00 postage paid within the US and Canada.

Cold Blooded and Damn Right Dirty II

By PC Stevie Love, 2005

PC expands on ideas that he introduced in his first literary expression, “Cold Blooded and Damn Right Dirty”: All of us need to be respected. All of us need to be heard. PC tells some tough, painful stories of his past; and these experiences still evoke strong feelings of hurt and anger deep within. Throughout this work, though, PC returns to a message of hope, freedom and equality- standing up for the rights of those our society diagnoses and labels. PC challenges those of us who consider ourselves advocates. How does our language of labels, although intended to be respectful, infect the way we see the people with whom we work? PC has a strong, unyielding message.

$10.00 postage paid within the US and Canada.

Ordering information

Please print out our Order Form (link not working), fill it out and mail it to:
Options in Community Living
22 North Second Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53704 USA

Please be sure to include a Money Order or Check in US Dollars with the completed order form.

For Secure online ordering with a credit card (except PC’s book) go to Atwood Publishing’s website

For International Orders or for orders of 10 or more, please email for pricing information.