What You and Your Child Need to Consider in Building a Great Life
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When: Thursday, September 22nd 2016
1:00-2:00 PM Eastern
Where: Via Adobe Connect
United States
Contact: Donald Taylor

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About this Series

This is Episode 3 of 3 in the Autumn 2016 webinar series, Envisioning a Full Future for your Child with a Disability. This series is co-presented by TASH and the State Wide Advocacy Network's National Resources for Access, Independence, Self-Advocacy and Employment (RAISE) Technical Assistance Center.

About this presentation

This presentation will address the elements of what makes a great life through personal stories, experiences, and lessons learned.

Having a disability does not exclude anyone from having big dreams and a vision. Some may envision post-secondary education after high school and getting involved in classes and college life, building relationships, and having typical experiences. You may already know what career you want ... or not. Maybe you have a desire to try several jobs to see what you like and what you don’t. Do you want co-workers—or no co-workers? Depending on your style you may choose to become self-employed and own your own business. Finding the right place for yourself is the important thing and it’s never too late to try something new.

Where do you hope to live? Some people like living in an apartment or a condo with or without roommates. Some like city life with lots of activities and services, and others like small towns or country life. Maybe you would like to own your own home?

Developing friendships and relationships with people and groups in your community is as important as any other element in having a good life.

We will also talk about how to leverage what the community offers with the service system. It is important to be clear about what you want your (or your son’s or daughter’s) life to look like and to invite others to assist in the planning and implementation of the “Good Life”.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss with their sons/daughters (or parents) what they hope their adult life might look like.
  • Identify an area to begin taking steps toward the current vision.
  • Organize “co-conspirators” to identify and introduce others who can help in the specific area of interest.

  • Intended Audience

    This presentation is intended for parents/family members, self-advocates, educators, paraprofessionals, adult service providers, direct service providers and friends interested in supporting someone to have a good life.

    About the presenter

    A color portrait of Beth Dixon, a woman with parted and tossed short silver hair and bangs. She is leaning slightly on one elbow on a porch wall and wearing a powder blue shirt. In the background is the white-framed screened in porch of a red brick house.Beth Dixon, a parent of four children and grandparent of four, is interested in equality for all people in all areas that affect our lives—education, social/friendship ties, work environments, housing options, recreation opportunities, and more. Beth enjoys organizing and presenting best practices to participants at the New Hampshire Leadership Series. Watching people change and broaden their expectations for themselves and/or their children is exciting to her—but even more exciting is watching them become involved in their communities and in public life.

    Beth Dixon was honored in May 2011 with the Presidential Award of Excellence, an award given annually to five staff members who have demonstrated excellence through outstanding performance in their positions and a record of dedication to, and a concern for the University community. Throughout the past 25 plus years of Beth’s tenure at the Institute on Disability, she has been responsible for growing a cornerstone program of the organization, the New Hampshire Leadership Series.

    How to participate

    This series of live webinars will be streamed over the web. Each presentation will be about fifty minutes, followed by ten minutes for questions and answers. Registered participants will receive an e-mail with instructions and the link to join the webinar on Tuesday (two days prior) and a reminder the morning of the event.

    This is a three episode long webinar series. Individual sessions are $5.00 each. You will receive one episode for free when you register for the entire Envisioning a Full Future for your Child with a Disability webinar series.

    Register for the Complete Series   Register for this Episode Only

    If you have any questions about the series please contact Donald Taylor at (202) 888-2419 or dtaylor@tash.org.