Topic outline

  • Overview of LifeCourse for Self Advocates

    Welcome to the Charting the LifeCourse Webcast.  This presentation was developed for self-advocates and ALL people with disabilities and also for ALL people without disabilities.  In this Webcast we’ll show you how the LifeCourse can help you in your everyday life.


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  • Overview of LifeCourse, Part 1

    The Charting the LifeCourse Framework was created by families to help individuals and families of all abilities and all ages develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Individuals and families may focus on their current situation and stage of life but may also find it helpful to look ahead to think about life experiences that will help move them toward an inclusive, productive life in the future.

    Even though it was originally created for people with disabilities, this universally-designed framework may be used by any person or family making a life plan, regardless of life circumstances.



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  • Overview of LifeCourse, Part 2

    This course discusses the building blocks of the Charting the LifeCourse framework. They are the core principles and values that are important as we begin to think differently about what it means to support individuals with disabilities and their families to have good lives.


    Core Belief:

    All people have the right to live, love, work, play and pursue their life aspirations in their community.


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  • Life Trajectory, Domains, and Life Stages

    Life Stages and Trajectory

     - Individuals and families can focus on a specific life stage, with an awareness of how prior, current and future life stages and experiences impact and influence life trajectory.  It is important to have a vision for a good, quality life, and have opportunities, experiences and support to move the life trajectory in a positive direction.

     - What happens to us early in our lives can have a significant impact on our quality of life and well-being in the future. It is important to help people have positive, healthy experiences, adequate support, and ample opportunities to learn and make mistakes so that they can have better outcomes later in life.


    Life Domains

     - People lead whole lives made up of specific, connected, and integrated life domains that are important to a good quality of life.

     - Our lives as everyday citizens are complex and multi-faceted. What happens in one area of our life (say, in our jobs) affects another (our family or housing situation). It is important to recognize the interconnectedness of everyday life so we can work to make our whole lives as complete and fulfilling as possible.



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    • Integrated Supports and Services

      All people need support to lead good lives. Using a combination of many different kinds of support helps to plot a trajectory toward an inclusive, quality, community life. This tool will help families and individuals brainstorm the supports that they already have or might need in order to work in partnership to make their vision for a good life possible.

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    • The LifeCourse Portfolio

      The LifeCourse Portfolio pulls together LifeCourse tools and resources into a portfolio that summarizes the family’s vision and supports. The Portfolio can then be shared with others, including planning teams, supporters, schools, and others.

      Graphic: Screenshot of My LifeCourse Portfolio


      The Portfolio is made up of 3 main pieces:

      • A One-Page Portfolio
      • Life Trajectory Worksheet
      • Integrated Services and Supports Star


      More information about each of these pieces can be found below.

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