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Prenatal/Infancy - Questions to Consider

Charting the Life Course is a tool, developed by the Supporting Families Community of Practice and the University of Missouri Kansas City, to assist families in creating a vision for the future. It is designed to help families think about the questions to ask as you “plot a course” to a full and meaningful life for your family member with a disability. 

Here's a few questions that the "Life Course approach" encourages families to consider, if they have a child with a disability in the prenatal or infancy stage.

  1. Are there ways you can structure where I live and other surroundings to give me opportunities to do typical activities that young children do?
  2. If I need testing or assessment, will insurance pay for it, or are there other funding sources?
  3. Do you know how to connect with other parents? (If not, reach out to TN Disability Pathfinder and ask how you can get connected to other parents of children with disabilities in your community!)

For a full list of questions families can consider for this stage of life, download the Charting the Life Course booklet and other "Life Course materials" at

The questions in Charting the Life Course are written to reflect a first person perspective across the lifespan to represent the viewpoint of the person with a disability and the ongoing transformation to an adult who is self-determined and independent.