Directions for Completing the Life Stage Trajectory Form
||Purpose of the Life Stage
Trajectory Form: Everyone wants a good life, and defines
their good life in their own way. This tool can be used to help
individuals and families think about what a good life means to them, and
also identify what they know they don’t want. The space around the arrows
can be used to think about current or needed life experiences that help
point the trajectory arrow in the direction of the good life vision.
Creating a Vision of the Future is not Always Easy!
The resources below can be used to help the individual and their family to
envision a desired future. It is important to take the time to carefully
explore what is important to the person and his or her loved ones; to take the
time to discover alternate futures and to consider what future vision will work
best for current circumstances.
||Asking the Right Questions: This booklet helps
individuals and families know what questions to ask and things to think
about throughout the life course. Asking the right questions help
families make sure that their loved one has the experiences that help lead
to the good life that they envision. Most of the questions and life
experiences in this booklet could apply to anyone, whether they have a
disability or not! |
||Prioritizing what is MOST IMPORTANT: Forming a
vision and beginning to plan for the future in each of the life domains
helps plot a trajectory for a full, inclusive, quality life in the
community. This tool is to help individuals of all ages and/or their
families– from the very young child, an adult or somewhere in between –
start to think about a more specific vision for life as an adult.
This tool also helps individuals and families narrow down what life
domain(s) they are focusing on by rating what is most important to them at
this point in time. |
||Exploring Life Possibilities: There are many
options for living, working, and playing in the community. What
might have been new and exciting 30 years ago, may not work for today’s
vision of a quality life in the community. This tool is to help
individuals and families explore variety of kinds of options for where
they might live or do during the day to earn money or have fun. Some
may be more traditional or historic and no longer preferred by many, some
that are known and tried but not necessarily the norm, and others that are
new or unfamiliar to individuals, families and professionals.