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The Spectrum Experience: Life Trajectory Planning

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom

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Event Description:

"The LifeCourse framework was developed by families to help individuals with disabilities and families at any age or stage of life 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 or may find it helpful to look ahead to start thinking about what they can do or learn now that will help build an inclusive productive life in the future". During "The Spectrum Experience: Life Trajectory Planning" presentation will provide parents, teachers, and caregivers with knowledge to help develop a vision for a their child/family member, and tools to assist to identify how to find or develop supports.

Presenter

Emma Shouse Garton lives in Nashville, TN and works as a Public Information Specialist for the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities, helping lead communications and outreach efforts. She also coordinates the Tennessee Adult Brothers and Sisters (“TABS”) statewide sibling support network, launched by the Council and Vanderbilt Kennedy Center over a decade ago. TABS is the state chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network. Emma’s close family includes her husband T.J. and their 3 pet bunnies, her parents, and twin younger brothers (Evan and Brendan), who are 25 years old. Evan has autism, other disability and mental health labels, and significant communication challenges. He lives in his own apartment in Franklin, TN with help from support staff. Emma graduated from Belmont University with degrees in social work and sociology. She is passionate about finding ways for people like her brother, who rarely communicate with speech or words, to have their “voices heard”, as well as increasing support for siblings of people with disabilities.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the workshop, participants will be to:

  • Create a vision for the future
  • Identify their choices and options
  • Identify the supports they need
  • Identify how to find or develop supports
  • Discover how to help their child/family member live the life they want to live.

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