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Cornell University. ILR School. Employment and Disability Institute

Course 5d: Personal Futures Planning
Dr. Beth Mount


Activity One:

One of the mapping formats embedded in the personal profile tool asks that the places in which the focus person typically spends time be identified. The map is divided in two sections: community life and human service world.

Step 1: Replicate this map on your own paper.

Step 2: Use your own experience to fill in the map. Fill in the community side with the names of the ordinary places that you spend time, such as the supermarket, church, work, etc. Indicate the approximate amount of time you spend in each place you list on the average over a full year.

Step 3: Fill in the service side of the map thinking about the services you need to help you through the year, such as doctors, dentists, therapists, etc. and fill in the amount of time you spend in each place you list on the average over a full year.

Step 4: Look at your completed map. Where are you spending most of your time? Do the places that you spend your time allow for and honor your contributions? Do you have valued roles within the places you frequent? How great is your reliance on service workers to help you through your year?

Step 5: If you are a service provider or a person who supports someone who is labeled with a disability you might try this: think of someone who you know who you might provide services and supports to. Create a map from the perspective of the life you think they are experiencing.

Step 6: Compare the two maps. Are there huge differences between life experiences in terms of where people spend most of their time and with whom they spend it? If yes, and assuming the person you are thinking about might be interested, what might it take to move from the service world to increased community life?

Activity Two: