The Arc Fresno wants to support individuals with developmental disabilities by providing them with a resource that will assist them in developing a person centered plan so that they can make a path for their lives and achieve their goals. “My Life” portfolio is a person centered planning tool that was specifically developed for individuals with developmental disabilities by a parent, Michelle Smith. Michelle worked tirelessly to develop a tool where young adults can express their hopes and dreams for the future.
“My Life” is a compilation of vital information that is put together in a way that is meaningful and understandable to the user. A portion of the portfolio will consist of personal records that everyone should have readily accessible, such as: emergency information, medical information, and California ID. The other part of the portfolio consists of information about goals for the future and exploring passions, such as: where they want to live, relationship goals, recreational goals, education goals, and employment goals.
The portfolio is meant to be completed, with support, by the individual. It can be in a paper or electronic format. Hopefully, new technology skills are added to their communication abilities. Each portfolio is an individual work that will look different as they reflect the individual’s own style. You can complete all of the sections or just use the sections that interest you.
The Arc of Fresno and Madera Counties is assisting their clients in completing their portfolio as a part of their day program. Parents are asked to provide only the information they feel comfortable sharing.