Developing a Vision
"Having a vision for the life of a person with a disability is really about claiming the right to ordinary dreams...and believing that they can happen."
Wendy Stroeve (2007) Clarity of Vision: A Compass for the Journey
Having a clear vision and some positive dreams about the kind of life you want for a family member with disability can be invaluable. A good quality of life in connection with family, friends and community that includes a job, interests and opportunities is unlikely to just happen for children and young people with disability. Achieving a good life is far more likely with a clear vision and determined action.
The clearer the vision, the easier it will be to both make a plan and stick to it – it can act as a compass. Having a vision helps families plan productively and withstand pressures from others to settle for something else.
Please click on the following stories to read more about the importance and process of creating a vision.
A mother speaks about the power of having a vision for her son, and how it has helped shape the decisions that their family has made. By focusing on the individual and using the vision as a compass, families can help achieve “everyday dreams”.
Click below to see the video presentation – of the same title - delivered by Wendy Stroeve at The Odyssey
Conference in 2007.Clarity of vision - video
This family article was extracted from the periodical Thinking about which is put together by an organisation in Victoria called Belonging Matters. To find out more and how to subscribe click here.
To NAPLAN or not to NAPLAN? Is it the real question? Sharon Williams
A mother shares how a clear vision for her son’s future helped the family consider the best way to approach an issue. Although the story relates to Naplan, the approach of using a vision to weigh decisions could be applied to other situations.
Developing a Vision Colleen Tomko
Learn more about why it is so important to build a vision for children and young people with disability, and the types of things to think about as they are created.
Planning for Now, Tomorrow and the Future Jeremy Ward
Many parents worry about the future, and what will happen after they are no longer able to support their son or daughter. This article explains that having a vision is a crucial part of planning for the future as it can help safeguard the rights and interests of a person with disability.
The Power of Imagination Kathie Snow
Don’t let a failure of imagination get in the way! Be bold enough to have big dreams and expectations. Only then can you begin to work towards these goals.
Nathan and Jo Basha share their insights around having and acting on a vision.
An encouraging story about not limiting dreams.
Is school going well? Terrific - but don’t be complacent. That is the message from Hannah’s mum who shares her thinking and planning about life beyond school.
Resourcing Families has invited Families to share their vision for their son or daughter.
Here are some examples.
A positive vision is important to building a positive future and a positive introduction can be a helpful part of making a good first impression. Click on the link here for more information about the potential impact of a positive introduction and for ideas about how to go about it.
The following exercises are designed to help you think about the unique qualities of your family member and what a good life could look like for them. Your responses in the worksheet could form the basis of the vision you create.
Contact Resourcing Families to share the vision you have prepared and any positive outcomes that have followed from taking this step.
If you would like to talk through preparing a vision for the future of your family member with disability you can contact Resourcing Families on
or phone on 02 9869 7753 or 1800 774 764 (free call for NSW non metro callers).