For many Americans, July is a time for celebrating our freedom and independence as a nation. What does independence look like to you? Is it having the ability to live alone or drive yourself whenever you choose? Or is it having the freedom to make your own choices and mistakes? Independence means something different to everyone but everyone seeks it in some form.
In our field, we often get caught up in focusing on what is important
for the people we support. We place a high priority on ensuring people receive everything they need. But it’s equally important for us to focus on what is important
to the person. We take the time to ask the person what goals they may have or what they wish to achieve. For the past two years, our agency has prioritized person-centered planning, including the person receiving services in the development of their support plan. Our purpose at the end of the day is to empower people to live their lives to their fullest potential. To be truly successful in this we must collaborate with the people we serve.
For many, gaining independence, big or small, is a huge factor in reaching one’s full potential. When I think about independence for people of all abilities, I think of supportive technology, accessible transportation, affordable healthcare, and equal opportunities for education and employment. All of these factor into a person’s level of independence. Yes, independence comes in many variations. It is the mission of our agency to help as many people as possible achieve their idea of independence.
I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July and I look forward to seeing you at our Block Party on July 25!