September 1, 2020

The Resources a Person Can Mobilize Real wealth** describes the resources a person and their family can mobilize to pursue lives that they, and those who love them, have good reasons to value. Assets with monetary value are one kind of wealth, but real wealth includes other resources that people and families can develop, enjoy […]

The First and Last Conversations Happen Within the Family Conversation makes vision richer and plans more effective. Robin Acton: Once we found other parents who had the same sort of dreams and we saw what was possible. We felt enough courage to articulate that we wanted (a good life in community) too.  The first […]

Every Person Has their Own Distinctive Constellation of Gifts, Ways that they Can Make a Difference in the World Some gifts show up as a person takes action, others more quietly in the responses people have to their presence. Some gifts show up in family life, others when a person is with friends or in […]

August 31, 2020

Hear from Experienced Families Vision sets direction and makes room for discoveries, it doesn’t box people in. Robin Acton – We are really clear about what the goal feels like. How other people are interacting with Erin and how she interacts with others, as opposed to getting fixated on a particular place.  Vision grows from […]

August 24, 2020

A Person’s Right to Make Decisions for Themselves Talking about “family vision” may strike some people as mistaken. Recognition of a person’s right to make decisions for themselves has been a significant achievement of advocacy by and for people with developmental disabilities. Experience shows that parents can unnecessarily –even detrimentally– limit their adult daughter’s and […]

September 12, 2019

Visioning is Making a Person’s Best Self Visible Some people vision by imagining the future they want in detail and identifying all the steps that will take them straight to it. This kind of visioning can work well for short term goals like training for a 10k run or organizing a vacation. It gets stuck […]

The Same Good Life =”allowfullscreen”> Barb MacIntyre: We look for everything we can find about creating a life of possibility. Families who choose FMS want the same good life for a member with developmental disabilities as they want for any other family member. Disability is no reason to compromise what matters: good relationships, a secure […]

May 27, 2019

Visioning & Planning are the Foundation for Success With FMS, a family creates a vision by making a clear and loving description of their family member: who they are, what they care about and dream of, what interests them, and what they can contribute to the wellbeing of others, and the life that those who […]