We want to live in a world where everyone is:
We believe that the F2F Network provides opportunities to:
The following ideas and perspectives guide the work of Missouri Family to Family:
What is self-determination?
“Quite simply, being self-determined means making things happen in a person’s own life, instead of having others do things to, or for them. People who are self-determined know what they want and how to get it. They choose and set goals, then work to reach them. They advocate on their own behalf, and are involved in solving problems and making decisions about their lives. They don’t have to do everything for themselves, but instead, they make or cause things to happen in their lives that improve the quality of their lives” (National Gateway to Self-Determination)
Why is self-determination important?
Without self-determination, we are not able to make choices about where we live and how we spend our day, with whom we spend our time, and the direction in which our path is headed.
We believe fostering self-determination begins early and continues throughout the life course.
Social capital is “…the personal and collective power of people with disabilities and organizations to further their full inclusion within the community, to access social support networks, and to increase their quality of life” (National Gateway to Self-Determination).
Without relationships and strong personal networks, none of us would make it! This is especially important for people with disabilities.
To maximize their capacity, strengths, and unique abilities so they can best support, nurture, love and facilitate opportunities for the achievement of self-determination, interdependence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of community life for their family members.
Supporting the family is defined as a set of strategies targeting the family unit but that ultimately benefit the individual with I/DD and include the following:
To learn more about supporting families, visit the Community of Practice for Supporting Families of Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities at supportingfamilies.org.
The LifeCourse Framework looks at areas across the life span. Our lives are not disconnected stages, each stage influences all the rest that follow. This perspective takes into account the complex interplay of biological, behavioral, psychological, social, and environmental factors. There are four major concepts of the life course perspective:
In the LifeCourse perspective, there are different life stages that we all go through. These stages are:
Within the LifeCourse framework, there are life domains described. These domains represent parts of life that people may need services and supports in. These life domains are:
When discussing these life domains, it is important to note that they all must communicate, and build upon one another. Tradition service delivery systems silo services, and there is little communication. By building on one another’s work, practitioners are utilizing the life course perspective.
There are many pieces at play in the LifeCourse framework, and it is important to remember that none of them are in a vacuum, each piece of the framework effects other pieces, just as each part of a person’s life has effects though the other parts.