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School Age - 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 you 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 a 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 school age stage.

  1. Do you ask me what I want to be when I grow up?
  2. Do you make sure I have responsibilities at home (like other family members) such as daily chores?
  3. Are you giving me the opportunity to make choices and decisions about everyday things (like what I wear, what I eat for a snack)?
  4. Are you encouraging me to try different activities so I can figure out what I like to do in my free time?
  5. Are there opportunities or strategies at my school to help me make friends?

For a full list of questions families can consider for this stage of life, download the Charting the Lifecourse booklet and other tools at http://www.lifecoursetools.com/.

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 on-going transformation to an adult who is self-determined, autonomous and independent.