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Picture My Future
Increasingly people with intellectual disability are taking an active role in planning for their future, including identifying their goals and aspirations.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has individualised planning at its core and will seek to help people with disability identify their goals and provide support to enable these goals to be achieved.
A Deakin University/UnitingCare Community Options research partnership led by Dr Goetz Ottmann (School of Nursing and Midwifery), Associate Professor Keith McVilly (School of Psychology) and Dr Erin Wilson (School of Health & Social Development) developed an approach to person-centred planning that uses images, including personalised images taken by participants using digital photography, to explore their hopes and dreams.
Picture My Future uses pictures to help people with disability to explore and express their hopes and dreams for the future. This is important because people with intellectual disability and other cognitive and communication impairments can find it difficult to organise and express their thoughts about their lives and the things they want for their future. As a consequence, some people with disability might find it difficult to fully engage with the planning process.
Picture My Future is an approach that can be used to support people with disability as they explore their goals for the future. Through Picture My Future, a person with disability is supported to explore the people, places and things that they like and dislike in their lives, and the things that they would like to have and do in the future, using images and objects that they have chosen to reflect these things.
The Picture My Future research project was funded by a Practical Design Fund grant from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA). Practical Design Fund projects were intended to support initiatives and resources that would identify practical ways to prepare people with disability, their family and carers, the disability sector workforce and disability sector organisations for the transition to an NDIS.
As part of the Picture My Future project, researchers developed an online training course and a suite of tools designed to guide support people through the Picture My Future process. More information about Picture My Future can be found at www.picturemyfuture.com.
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