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My Life Book: Future Planning for People with Developmental Disabilities 2005

Highly Recommended

Distributed by Distributed by Iris Media, Inc., 258 East 10th Avenue, Suite B, Eugene, OR 97401; 541-343-4747
Produced by Produced by Nell Caraway
Directed by Directed by Adam Wendt
DVD with scrapbook on CD-ROM, color, 88 min.

College - Adult
Japan, Popular Culture, Music Trade, Singers

Date Entered: 08/09/2005

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Reviewed by: Reviewed by Hope Marie Cook, Curriculum Center Librarian, Eastern Connecticut State University

Developed through a grant from the National Institute for aging, this professionally produced video training program and supporting workbook instructs families who are caring for an adult member with developmental disabilities. Structured around four families, the facilitator leads caregivers and their charges through several exercises allowing everyone the opportunity to discuss their present fears, challenges, and abilities, while asking them to focus their energy on the future, thus developing a plan of action. The facilitator/coach does an admirable job with leading the families though some tough, but thought provoking questions allowing them to reach their own conclusions and individual comfort level with her assistance. Subject matter concerning how to approach and consider housing options such as independent living, where to develop a network of friends, and making legal and financial arrangements, are all areas that are covered in a mature and compassionate manner. The overall treatment of the topic concerning how to handle life planning for people with developmental disabilities is dealt with great understanding, respect and dignity.

This video is smartly crafted and could become a medium for further dialog and used in discussion with parents, caretakers and social care professionals who are charged with providing the sole support for an adult with a disability. The families in the video are unforgettable. The audio and video qualities are excellent. The My Life scrapbook is a useful tool for helping others learn about the wants and needs, likes and dislikes, of the person with the intellectual or developmental disability. It also serves as a record of important information. The ease of being able to print the pages from the CD-ROM allows the author of the content to make revisions.

This resource is highly recommended with great potential for use in many collections. It would be a meaningful addition to a parenting library or any collection being viewed by those caring for adults with disabilities. Additionally, teachers working with special education students and their families will find this to be a valuable resource and communication tool. The uses for this material are extensive.