Living Life in Color: A Framework for Planning Meaningful Lives, Supporting Valued Experiences, and Achieving Real Outcomes
While owning a home, having a meaningful job, friends and relationships are benchmarks of accomplishment for us all, human service systems struggle to realize these concepts on behalf on individuals with disabilities. Person-centered planning is often deficit-based and results in a reauthorization of the same life, not a life full of color.
To quote John and Connie Lyle O’Brien, "Person centered planning grew out of a passionate concern to support people with developmental disabilities in discovering and contributing their gifts."
This session will explore ways in which people with disabilities and their allies can use a framework to discover a person’s gifts and use the information to create vibrant person-centered plans and practices that support valued experiences and achieve real outcomes.
Following a brief introduction to KFI and our shifts in thinking and practice, participants will be introduced to John and Connie Lyle O’Brien’s Five Essential Areas of Accomplishment that can guide planning with people; provide examples of questions that allow for the discovery of people’s gifts, interests, and means of contribution; illuminate strategies that lead to reciprocal community relationships; and explore the principles that guide direct support staff, families, and allies to support people to live lives of color in their communities.
OBJECTIVES FOR THE TRAINING:
Participants will be able to:
• List O’Brien’s Five Essential Areas of Accomplishment
• Define “community”
• Give examples of valued roles in community life
• List four ways Direct Support staff show up in someone’s life
• Relate a story using one of the Principles of Connection