SELF-DISCOVERY AND SELF-ADVOCACY Paula Lindblom and Colleen Timbers Merrick, Inc. Odyssey Conference – 6/17/13
GOALS AND DREAMS Everyone at any age has goals and dreams to be pursued for a good quality of life
PERSON-CENTERED PLANNING Based on relationships that foster normalcy, inclusion, choice, purpose, belonging, security, and a maximize well being.
SELF-DISCOVERY Every person has their own meaning of life, spirit, personality, history, interests, gifts, personal experiences.
SELF-DISCOVERY John O’Brien’s Reflecting on Social Roles Assessment Summary Grid
BELONGING AND INCLUSION Family and friends Sports, recreation, and fitness Spirituality
BELONGING AND INCLUSION Neighbors/Immediate community Associations Work and volunteer options
BELONGING AND INCLUSION Creative opportunities Learning
NEW ADS/MCS ANDSELF-DISCOVERY • Dreamed of and designed our own site. • Persons were involved in every aspect of planning.
BELONG—NEED TO CONNECT • Church • Greeting cards • To care for people and things
NSP LIBRARY “…where everybody knows your name…”
SELF-DISCOVERY • Continual learning about people is necessary • Abilities and interests change • It is a journey not a destination
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY • iPads • Laptop and desktop computers • QuickTalkers, Talking Brix, SuperTalkers
ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY • Digital cameras • Netflix • LCD projector
SELF-ADVOCACY • It is about the person stating what they think and feel • It is creating a philosophy and culture to support the person stating what they think and feel
SELF-ADVOCACY • Changes the dynamic from the person being the teacher and professionals are the students • It has to be supported from the top • The person needs to be front and center
SELF-ADVOCACY • Personal Power • Group Power
RE-CAP • Person Centered Planning • Self-Discovery • Assistive Technology • Self-Advocacy
THANK YOU Colleen Timbers and Paula Lindblom Merrick, Inc. 3210 Labore Road Vadnais Heights, MN (651) 789-6200 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com