PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY INCLUSION Family FORUM July 21, 2007
PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY INCLUSION Family FORUM July 21, 2007 Greetings and Welcome Alison Liao Whats This Thing Called PICI? Veronica Valenzuela, Supervisor/Individualized & Inclusive
Unit Vision & Self-determination The perfect combo plate Mary Hosokawa, Education/Inclusion Specialist, I & T Unit A Mothers Vision By Valerie Lee
Vision for My Son, Garrett My vision for my son, Garrett, is to zoom and magnify his needs one at a time, and acquire the necessary supports that will provide accessibility for him to live independently. By this, I mean, increase his level of independence, respect his choices, and help him assume more responsibility and control of his life. I want my son to expand his horizon one step at a time until he feels comfortable and be self sufficient on his own without his Mom and Dad. Where there is no vision, my son will
have no hope. Some of our Goals Simple things I envision for Garrett: making and keeping a friend and enjoying social activities with his friend; being able to cook for himself; keeping a full-time job that he enjoys in a natural setting; learning to handle money and independently making his own purchases. Goals
I have been teaching him everyday, setting examples, and creating scenarios to help him envision solutions. Often, I have to think outside of the box to support him. I try to create many techniques and I work with him to think of alternative methods and applications when things dont turn out as planned. The Flower of My Vision My son, Garrett is like a flower. A flower is not always perfect, so is my son. A flower needs nurturing and constant loving care, so does my son. When a flower wilts it needs attention and
support, so does my son. The flower needs sun to grow, so does my son. My vision for this flower is to be happy, enjoy the surrounding, enjoy the sunshine as it makes it grow, enjoy the support and nurturing as it gets from the caretaker, enjoy the independence as it deserves and give it time to blossoms the way God gave this flower to grow. You will find the beauty in this flower. This is my vision for my son. A Young Mans Vision
By Garrett Lee Garrett Lee My vision is to have a good job that I enjoy, a happy family life, and good friendships. Career Goals My vision in my career is to still work for Disneyland Resort, part-time or maximum hours of 30 hours per week, until I retire from there. I will
keep using ACCESS Para transit as my transportation. I would like to take ROP classes for Bookkeeping and get a job from there. I would want to work close to home (around 5 miles; dreaming) or around the area that I live in. I want to work for a good company that I can help grow financially and add new jobs to the company in time. And of course I want friends as I go along. Personal Goals My vision in my personal life is to have a wife and 2 kids along the way; a boy and a girl. I would love to have a great friend. I want to
live independently and have a car. I want to get closer with my brother and sister and be able to count on their support. I would also like to get better acquainted with my extended family, like my cousins. I hope to get their help and expertise to help me have a better life. What Im Doing To Help Me Reach My Vision I now enjoy working at Disneyland. I am looking at the many opportunities that could open for me there. Im interested in Hotel
management, the Parade Department and maybe the Character Department. I like to do my own thing like going to the movies, eating out, entertainment, and just get out of the house a little bit and see the public. Some things are very difficult for me, but I am working at finding solutions to these challenges with the help of my parents. HAPPY life. This means making choices about her own life,
while pursuing her own interests. Utilizing her unique gifts, she will make meaningful contributions to her chosen community while being embraced by a solid network of mutual friendship and support. What Were Doing to Reach This Vision Take a shower, dress up, walk to class, cook simple things, DO CHORES!! Developing a partnership with school by volunteering my time, joining the PTO, SSC, DAC, CAC. Most importantly becoming a parent mentor helping out other parents in our
district. Teaching my daughters the importance of giving back. We have helped our community by raising autism awareness, helping to collect food and toys for less fortunate families. Being part of the community attending church, going to a restaurant, go shopping, grocery shopping, join our local girl scout troop, in general BE out in our community and AVOID Our Journey We view Brissas life as a sailboat on a lifelong voyage. A
voyage which we used to see as one with only a rough idea of the destination. A voyage with many unexpected detours and surprises as we have experienced so far. There are people that come into and leave our sailboat. Some for a relatively short time and others longer, all working in hopes of enhancing Brissas ability to sail solo someday. We now have a very clear view or VISION of the destination. Our hope is to sail along with her until she can navigate on her own. Everything that the individuals do during their ride-along empowers Brissa to continue once they step ashore. This will be the greatest assurance of achieving her dreams.
I keep this vision in the foreground as each day goes by and I share it with the different individuals as each of them work their particular magic with Brissa. I remain focused on the VISION and constantly ask the question: How will my work for my child strengthen her to navigate successfully on her journey toward her own dreams? Hello my name is Brissa de la Rosa. I am 10 years old. I have 2 sisters. Kristine is my oldest sister and Gabby is my gangster sister. My mom and
Dad ride motorcycles and they love me. I just finished fifth grade and I am going to Middle School in September. I love animals, especially dolphins. The Aquarium of the Pacific is one of my favorite places to visit. Pink is my favorite color. I really like Pokemon. Manaphy is the best one. I want to be a dolphin trainer when I grow up. I want to have a boyfriend but I am still too
young. I hope to marry someday and have 2 children, a boy and a girl. I do not like school too much. I like junk food but I know better now and I eat healthy food like green apples, grapes, carrots. cereal and other stuff, plus I am drinking more water instead of soda. I am a girly girl. I love for everyone to be happy and by the way,
I have Autism. Thank you. A Parents Vision Alison will love and serve God. She will enjoy learning and doing things for herself and others. She will have a job to support and advocate for herself. She will prepare to live safely and independently with her typical peers or with minimal support.
How We Helped Alison Prepare for This Vision: One thing we did join PICI Another thing we did volunteer at Sunrise Assisted Living We encouraged Alison to participate in the Eastern Los Angeles The Benefits of Participating in the CAC: Learn about the regional center
system and programs Learn priority and time management Observe and learn how to be in charge a of meeting or activities Develop relationships with a diverse group of people Hear about challenges faced by regional center consumers and Big Plans
A teenagers vision for her future Alison Liao Alisons Vision: I want to be a famous author and publisher. I want to go to college and find a job like my friends. I want to be pretty and healthy. I would love to be a secretary. What am I doing to get me closer to
my vision? 1. I enjoy reading and writing 2. I take two periods of general education English classes 3. I attend The Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center Community Advisory Committee meetings to learn more about the system that helps me 4. I volunteer at the Sunrise Assisted Living Center Healthy Living Wellness
These are my health goals: Look pretty forever Drink more water Stay healthy What do I do different after I attended the Healthy Living? Do more Jane Fonda workout and exercise while watching DVDs or listening to music Learn self body message and stretch Drink more water instead of soda
Eat smaller portions Try new low calories food and snack Read labels about the Nutrition Facts Write healthy reports to Seor Marsh Call Jesse Padilla, the Consumers Rights Advocate, Seor Marsh, the From Sunday School to The Community By
Theresa Chen Theresa Chen Vision My vision is that Sean will love God and people. Our vision is based on our God-centered values that have been passed down to us for many generations. In our vision, Sean will have a real job with his best interest. He will live independently, happily and be healthy and live a Christian life in the community of his choice.
How We Are Preparing Him For This Vision We help Sean read the Bible. He enjoys Bible verses and stories. We teach Sean songs of praise from the Kids Hymnal. We teach him to read loud and clearly. Sean participates in the young peoples prayer meeting and youth Bible study group every Friday night. Sean enjoys taking pictures during church outings. We help Sean save and organize the pictures on a CD and share them with people. People are very happy to receive Seans pictures.
What We Have Learned Sean likes to participate in the church activities. He likes to help if he can. He loves reading the Bible and participating in Bible study. He enjoys the games in the youth group. He likes to sing praise. By being included in church activities Sean is learning and practicing new skills Most importantly, through these activities, God will talk to Sean Himself, because God's word is The Power, The Bread and The Life.
Using a Childs Gift to Form A By Vision Mei Ye Laker will be a happy, independent artist. He will enjoy his art as a career and as his life. With his unique gift he will touch other people, contribute to his community
and the society. He will have his own home and his art studio, where he will be comfortable and happy and be free to create art. We will encourage and support him and help him choose resources that will help him maintain his independence and his love for art. What we are doing now to make this vision possible: Encouraging him to enjoy his art Letting him choose colors and materials for
his artwork Laker has shown us that: Art is increasing his word recognition skills pening his awareness of the community aroun Art is a shared family experience "The ultimate aim of the art of karate lies not in the victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants" -Gichin Funakoshi
My Goal I had a goal that I really wanted to achieve for many years. I wanted to receive my black belt in Shotokan Karate. This was my dream for many years. My mother signed me up for Karate with the City of Monterey Park when I was a kid. She wanted me to do something fun, learn how to defend myself, and make some friends. I wasnt sure I was going to like it very much because my sensei, thats what we call the instructor, was very strict. He wouldnt let us goof
around or even look around. If we did, he made us do push-ups. He also has a strong voice that can really intimidate you. But I kept going and over time I learned how to focus my attention and master the different moves. I earned my yellow belt, and all the levels of green and brown belts. But getting a black What I Did To Prepare For My Black Belt I kept practicing and going to the classes. I tried out for it two times. It was very hard and I was very disappointed that I didnt make it. On my third try, I
prepared a lot better and I kept all my focus on my goal. My parents encouraged me to do my best. I was so happy when I got the news that I passed the black belt exam! This Goal Has Helped Me: To never give up on an important goal. I learned to stay focused on my goal and to work really hard. I use the skills I have learned from Karate to teach kids and to help friends. It has helped me find a part time job and to decide on my education major.
Hello, my name is Bryce Hosokawa. I like to do many different kinds of things. One thing Im very good at is swimming. I compete in swim meets for Special Olympics. I usually get first place, but sometimes I come in second. Thats okay. My team relies on me in the relay competition. They know I swim very fast to beat the other team. Doing something you like and youre really
good at feels GREAT! OUR VISION FOR OUR 5 1/2 YEAR OLD SON CALEB, BASED ON OUR CHRISTIAN VALUES AND OUR BELIEF IN GOD, IS FOR HIM TO LOVE AND BE A SERVANT FOR GOD. WE ENVISION CALEB LIVING AN INDEPENDENT AND HONORABLE LIFE SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT HIM AND RESPECT HIS CHOICES. CALEB WILL LEARN ALONG SIDE TYPICAL PEERS AND PROSPER FROM A RICH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. CALEB WILL BE INCLUDED IN HIS COMMUNITY OF CHOICE, LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. HE WILL
ENJOY THE PERKS OF LIVING IN HIS COMMUNITY, BUT ALSO BE A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER, VOLUNTEERING HIS SERVICE IN HIS CHURCH AND COMMUNITY. CALEB WILL HAVE A JOB THAT IS SATISFYING AND FULFILLING AND WHERE HIS COWORKERS APPRECIATE HIS CONTRIBUTIONS AND RESPECT HIM. CALEB WILL ENJOY FRIENDHSHIPS, PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND HAVE A FULL AND GOD-CENTERED LIFE. What Steps Are We Taking Today to Realize Our Vision:
WE ARE PARTNERING WITH OUR SCHOOL TEAM TO HELP CALEB ENJOY AND SUCCEED IN HIS FIRST FULLY INCLUDED GENERAL EDUCATION CLASSROOM. AS A TEACHER, I AM ENJOYING TEACHING MY SON WHAT A TYPICAL KINDERGARTEN STUDENT WOULD BE LEARNING. WE REVIEW THE NAMES AND SOUNDS OF THE ALPHABET, NUMBER RECOGNITION, AND CORE VOCABULARY WORDS. TO HELP CALEB APPRECIATE THE VALUE OF WORK AND TO UNDERSTAND RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY, WE MAKE SURE THAT CALEB HAS CHORES TO DO LIKE HIS SIBLINGS. HE KNOWS HE IS EXPECTED TO COMPLETE HIS CHORES AND HE CAN EXPECT HIGH PRAISE AND APPRECIATION FROM HIS GOOD WORK. CALEB PARTICIPATES IN ALL
FAMILY ACTIVITIES. HE ATTENDS CHURCH WITH US AND PARICIPATES IN SCHOOL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS. OUR INSPIRATION CALEB CONTINUES TO INSPIRE US AND SHOW US THAT HE IS LIVING PROOF OF GODS LOVE. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT ALL WHO MEET HIM WILL EMBRACE HIM AND APPRECIATE HIS UNIQUE GIFTS AND SPECIAL QUALITIES. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. Youre on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one wholl decide where to go ~Dr Seuss
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