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2 FUTURE THINK Build on the past, consider the present, plan for the future! PART I PART I – Think about the future! PART II –Suggest Changes! PART II PART I PART II

3 PART I: Think about the future!

4 STAKEHOLDERS People with disabilities and their families have an important role in future think.

5 FUTURE THINK INVOLVES... Thinking about what has happened Thinking about what has happened Thinking about what might happen next Thinking about what might happen next Using those ideas to prepare for the future Using those ideas to prepare for the future Leaders participate in future think!

6 LIFE CHALLENGES EVERYONE! People with disabilities, and their families, while diverse, have unique histories and perspectives on change and a vital interest in the future.

7 CAN YOU IMAGINE Are you prepared? What lies beyond the next bump in the road?

8 THE WINDS OF CHANGE... In our lifetime, we will all be effected by events that change how we live, work, think, and learn.

9 Macro Changes – are big changes, often controlled by events that happen to us! Micro Changes – are gradual changes, often controlled by events that happen because of us! The choices we make and our reactions to world events and people around us make a difference! Events and choices interact! CHANGE AND CHOICE

10 EXAMPLES: EVENTS AND ACTION: World Events Attack on 911 Attack on 911 WW II WW II Great Depression Great Depression Polio vaccine Polio vaccine Computer invented Computer invented SARS epidemic SARS epidemic Individual Choices Applying for a job Applying for a job Choosing a mate Choosing a mate Serving on a board Serving on a board Moving to a new town Moving to a new town Selecting a cell-phone or apartment Selecting a cell-phone or apartment Buying a computer Buying a computer

11 WHAT ARE THE FUTURE TRENDS OR MACRO-CHANGES THAT WILL IMPACT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEIR FAMILIES?

12 PLANET-WIDE CHANGE World knowledge is growing very rapidly World knowledge is growing very rapidly Our co llective wisdom may not keep pace Our co llective wisdom may not keep pace Global communications link people rapidly Global communications link people rapidly with remote events with remote events Disease, natural disasters, and acts of Disease, natural disasters, and acts of war or terrorism impact us all war or terrorism impact us all Think about your world!

13 SOCIAL CHANGES The average age in America is going up The average age in America is going up Birth rates for Caucasians are declining Birth rates for Caucasians are declining Birth rates for Hispanics and American Indians are rising Birth rates for Hispanics and American Indians are rising Society is more diverse Society is more diverse Think about the people you know!

14 PROGRESS Doctors save medically fragile babies Doctors save medically fragile babies People with disabilities live longer People with disabilities live longer The causes for some disabilities are now treatable The causes for some disabilities are now treatable Doctors perform surgeries while babies are still in the womb Doctors perform surgeries while babies are still in the womb Think about your family and friends!

15 HOW WILL GLOBAL CHANGES IMPACT OUR FUTURE? How should we respond? What choices will YOU make?

16 DO YOU TAKE A WORLD VIEW? World events can suddenly and dramatically change the big picture. Future world events will influence the choices you have and decisions or discoveries you make.

17 OR DO YOU PREFER THE INDIVIDUAL VIEW? You decide what is important and what services and supports you want! Our collective choices may even change the big picture. Knowing which changes will come and what we want to happen can lead us to future think.

18 A RECENT EXAMPLE People with disabilities envisioned a world in which they had access to communities. They took action and passed the Americans with Disabilities Act. Today many buildings are equipped with ramps and automatic door openers. Although more needs to be done, individual view changed the world view about what people with disabilities can do.

19 Why not take a few minutes to: Why not take a few minutes to: Remember the past Remember the past Consider the present and Consider the present and Plan for the future Plan for the future You can participate in future think! Lets look at a few important choices!

20 PART II Think about changing what is important to you!

21 FUTURE-THINK CHOICES Choose a topic important to YOU! Consider: 1) What has happened in the past 1) What has happened in the past 2) What may happen in the future 2) What may happen in the future 3) What YOU want to happen 3) What YOU want to happen 4) What we should do to prepare for the future 4) What we should do to prepare for the future Housing Employment Tools Housing Employment Tools Housing Employmentols Housing Employmentols Health Care Education Transportation Health Care Education TransportationHealth CareEducationTransportationHealth CareEducationTransportation Lifestyles Family Support Retirement Lifestyles Family Support RetirementLifestyles Family SupportRetirementLifestyles Family SupportRetirement Roles Voice Leadership Roles Voice LeadershipRoles VoiceLeadershipRoles VoiceLeadership Wrap-Up – Final Thoughts !

22 HOUSING In the past, people with disabilities... Lived in institutions, schools or hospitals Lived in institutions, schools or hospitals Remained at home with parents as adults Remained at home with parents as adults Could not access typical homes or apartments Could not access typical homes or apartments Were expected to live atypical lives in group settings based on disability instead of choice Were expected to live atypical lives in group settings based on disability instead of choice

23 HOUSING Today, people with disabilities... Choose to own their own home or apartment Choose to own their own home or apartment May choose group living arrangements to get the support they need May choose group living arrangements to get the support they need Seek housing that meets individual needs Seek housing that meets individual needs Seek affordable mortgages or loans to pay for renovations Seek affordable mortgages or loans to pay for renovations

24 HOUSING How will housing change in the future... Think about changes in housing ! Discuss... Accessibility Accessibility Availability Availability Neighborhoods Neighborhoods Technology Technology Support Support Growing Old Growing Old Independence Independence Where are we going and what do you want?

25 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN HOUSING What should we do to prepare for change in housing? Teaching Who needs to learn about accessible housing? Who needs to learn about accessible housing? What do they need to know? What do they need to know?Research What changes in housing are most likely? What changes in housing are most likely? How can housing support lifestyles? How can housing support lifestyles?Service Who needs help with housing? Who needs help with housing? What services will be most helpful? What services will be most helpful?

26 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future changes in housing? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

27 EMPLOYMENT In the past people with disabilities... Worked in sheltered settings Worked in sheltered settings Entertained others for no/low pay Entertained others for no/low pay Sometimes went on the lecture circuit Sometimes went on the lecture circuit Were largely unemployed Were largely unemployed Were considered handicapped with little to offer an employer Were considered handicapped with little to offer an employer

28 EMPLOYMENT Today, people with disabilities... Are still often underemployed or unemployed Are still often underemployed or unemployed Increasingly seek higher education Increasingly seek higher education Hold down diverse jobs in the workforce Hold down diverse jobs in the workforce Use technology to accomplish goals Use technology to accomplish goals Advocate for a level playing field in the workplace Advocate for a level playing field in the workplace

29 Employment How will employment change in the future? Think about changes on the job and in the workplace! Discuss... Attitudes Technology Attitudes Technology Robotics Diversity Robotics Diversity Skills Job trends Skills Job trends Insurance Accommodations Insurance Accommodations Where are we going and what do you want?

30 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN EMPLOYMENT How should we prepare for change in employment? Teaching Who will employ people with disabilities (PWD)? Who will employ people with disabilities (PWD)? What will PWD need to succeed on the job? What will PWD need to succeed on the job?Research How will future job trends impact choices? How will future job trends impact choices? How can new technologies impact employment? How can new technologies impact employment?Service What employment resources will be available? What employment resources will be available?

31 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future changes in employment? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

32 TOOLS In the past people with disabilities... Wore heavy braces or corsets Wore heavy braces or corsets Used manual wheel chairs if available Used manual wheel chairs if available Learned Braille or sign language Learned Braille or sign language Relied on family for needed care or assistance Relied on family for needed care or assistance Had access to few adapted tools Had access to few adapted tools

33 TOOLS Today people with disabilities... Use computers at work and home Use computers at work and home Drive vehicles, or use power chairs as desired Drive vehicles, or use power chairs as desired Rely on lightweight support devices Rely on lightweight support devices May not read Braille May not read Braille Use service animals and/or paid assistants Use service animals and/or paid assistants

34 TOOLS How will tools change in the future? Think about tools for people with disabilities. Discuss... Think about tools for people with disabilities. Discuss... Attitudes Attitudes Technology Technology Power sources Power sources Diversity Diversity Universal design Universal design Micro trends Micro trends Creativity Creativity Where are we going and what do you want?

35 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN TOOLS How should we prepare for future changes is tools? Teaching Who will teach PWD to use future tools? Who will teach PWD to use future tools? Who will teach the teachers? Who will teach the teachers?Research What kinds of tools are the best fit? What kinds of tools are the best fit? How do we achieve affordability? How do we achieve affordability?Service Who will repair and service future tools? Who will repair and service future tools? What happens when tools are outgrown or break down? What happens when tools are outgrown or break down?

36 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future advances in tools? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices.

37 HEALTH CARE In the past people with disabilities... Often lived shortened lives Often lived shortened lives Experienced inadequate health care or nutrition Experienced inadequate health care or nutrition Were sometimes victims of experimentation or torture in the name of science Were sometimes victims of experimentation or torture in the name of science Had little right to privacy during exams Had little right to privacy during exams Could not get health care or insurance Could not get health care or insurance Had limited information about specific disabilities, conditions or treatment options Had limited information about specific disabilities, conditions or treatment options

38 HEALTH CARE Today people with disabilities... Have access to better information about health care and treatment options Have access to better information about health care and treatment options Seek a medical home with one-stop, family centered care. Seek a medical home with one-stop, family centered care. Still struggle to obtain health care and health insurance Still struggle to obtain health care and health insurance Struggle to access health care settings Struggle to access health care settings Demand cures not just treatment equal to the efforts made to address other diseases or conditions. Demand cures not just treatment equal to the efforts made to address other diseases or conditions.

39 HEALTH CARE How will health care change in the future? Think about health care for people with disabilities. Discuss... Think about health care for people with disabilities. Discuss... Access Access Affordability Affordability Equity Equity Availability Availability Advances Advances Holistic medicine Holistic medicine Rising costs Rising costs Where are we going and what do you want?

40 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN HEALTH CARE How should we prepare for future changes in health care? Teaching Who will provide health care? Who will provide health care? How will providers learn about quality of care? How will providers learn about quality of care?Research What treatments are the best for persons with differing conditions? What treatments are the best for persons with differing conditions?Service Who will pay for health care in the future? Who will pay for health care in the future? How will problems be overcome? How will problems be overcome? How will shortages be addressed? How will shortages be addressed?

41 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future advances in health care? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

42 EDUCATION In the past, people with disabilities... Were denied access to public schools Were denied access to public schools Were denied access to a free and appropriate public education Were denied access to a free and appropriate public education Encountered low expectations Encountered low expectations Did not participate in after-school activities Did not participate in after-school activities Had no voice in how schools were managed Had no voice in how schools were managed

43 EDUCATION Today people with disabilities... Routinely access public schools Routinely access public schools Seek a free and appropriate public education Seek a free and appropriate public education Have high drop-out rates Have high drop-out rates Seek higher education Seek higher education Struggle to overcome low expectations Struggle to overcome low expectations Are both under and over identified Are both under and over identified

44 EDUCATION How will education change in the future? Think about education for people with disabilities. Discuss: Think about education for people with disabilities. Discuss: Inclusion Inclusion Standards Standards Over identification Over identification Assessment Assessment Excellence Excellence Friendship Friendship Unified services Unified services Where are we going and what do you want?

45 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN EDUCATION How should we prepare for future changes in education? Teaching Will we have enough special education teachers? Will we have enough special education teachers? What should teachers know? What should teachers know?Research What information and technology do we need? What information and technology do we need? How will we share this information? How will we share this information?Service Who will pay for education in the future? Who will pay for education in the future? What resources and support will we need? What resources and support will we need?

46 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future changes in education? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

47 TRANSPORTATION In the past, people with disabilities... Stayed home Stayed home Relied on families to take them places Relied on families to take them places Could not use sidewalks or safely cross streets in many areas Could not use sidewalks or safely cross streets in many areas Passed important legislation to secure accessible transportation Passed important legislation to secure accessible transportation

48 TRANSPORTATION Today people with disabilities... Still rely on families and friends Still rely on families and friends Get out more than they used to Get out more than they used to Use accessible public transportation when its available and affordable Use accessible public transportation when its available and affordable Often cannot get to work or after hour events especially in remote rural communities Often cannot get to work or after hour events especially in remote rural communities Must schedule their lives in advance Must schedule their lives in advance

49 TRANSPORTATION How will transportation change in the future? Think about education for people with disabilities. Discuss: Think about education for people with disabilities. Discuss: Funding Funding Accessibility Accessibility Income Income Coordination Coordination Safety Safety Service Service Where are we going and what do you want?

50 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION How should we prepare for future changes in transportation? Teaching Who will provide transportation services? Who will provide transportation services? What do they need to know? What do they need to know?Research What policies will enhance transportation? What policies will enhance transportation? What technologies will support transportation? What technologies will support transportation?Service What choices will people with disabilities have? What choices will people with disabilities have? What resources will be available? What resources will be available?

51 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future changes in transportation? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

52 FAMILY SUPPORT In the past, people with disabilities... Spent long periods of time apart from families Spent long periods of time apart from families May have missed important socialization skills May have missed important socialization skills Had care requirements that caused undue stress for families Had care requirements that caused undue stress for families Were sometimes treated as perpetual children Were sometimes treated as perpetual children Were not encouraged to grow up Were not encouraged to grow up

53 FAMILY SUPPORT Today people with disabilities... Usually live with families during childhood Usually live with families during childhood May need community based services to prevent out of home placement May need community based services to prevent out of home placement Get information through better-informed families Get information through better-informed families Are encouraged by some families to set goals and become independent Are encouraged by some families to set goals and become independent Struggle to understand and access a fragmented service system Struggle to understand and access a fragmented service system Prefer generic rather than disability specific agencies Prefer generic rather than disability specific agencies

54 FAMILY SUPPORT How will family support change in the future? Think about support for families of people with disabilities. Discuss: Families Families Availability Availability Unified services Unified services Technology Technology Child care Child care Information and training Information and training Choice and control Choice and control Where are we going and what do you want?

55 PREPARE FOR CHANGE IN FAMILY SUPPORT How should we prepare for changes in family support? Teaching What do families need to know to raise a child with special needs? What do families need to know to raise a child with special needs? What do we need to know to support families? What do we need to know to support families?Research How will changing family dynamics impact support? How will changing family dynamics impact support? What models for family support are most effective? What models for family support are most effective?Service Who will provide community based support services? Who will provide community based support services? How will services be guaranteed? How will services be guaranteed?

56 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future changes in family support? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

57 LIFESTYLES In the past, people with disabilities... Often focused their lifestyle around care routines Often focused their lifestyle around care routines Had limited opportunities to explore options Had limited opportunities to explore options Had difficulty meeting people or making friends Had difficulty meeting people or making friends Were expected to be asexual Were expected to be asexual Received negative messages about differences Received negative messages about differences Were sometimes penalized for trying Were sometimes penalized for trying Relied on families for their major social group Relied on families for their major social group

58 LIFESTYLES Today, people with disabilities... Expect more of life than survival Expect more of life than survival Usually choose to live ordinary lives Usually choose to live ordinary lives May enjoy opposite or same sex partnerships May enjoy opposite or same sex partnerships Still have difficulty joining informal social events Still have difficulty joining informal social events Still depend on families a great deal Still depend on families a great deal Sometimes experience intense conflicts over separation from family Sometimes experience intense conflicts over separation from family May choose what is safe instead of what is wanted May choose what is safe instead of what is wanted

59 LIFESTYLES How will lifestyles change in the future? Think about lifestyles. Discuss: Think about lifestyles. Discuss: Relationships Relationships Associations Associations Opportunities Opportunities Accessibility Accessibility Self-expression Self-expression Acceptance Acceptance Where are we going and what do you want?

60 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN LIFESTYLES How should we prepare for future changes in lifestyle? Teaching What information about lifestyles will be available? What information about lifestyles will be available? What do teachers and families need to know? What do teachers and families need to know?Research What options contribute to optimal health and wellness? What options contribute to optimal health and wellness? What strategies can overcome barriers? What strategies can overcome barriers?Service What resources must be available to support increasingly diverse lifestyles? What resources must be available to support increasingly diverse lifestyles?

61 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future changes in lifestyle? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

62 RETIREMENT In the past, people with disabilities... Died early and never got to retirement Died early and never got to retirement Lived hidden lives with unknown futures Lived hidden lives with unknown futures Had conventional dreams that were seldom realized Had conventional dreams that were seldom realized

63 RETIREMENT Today, people with disabilities... Prefer to live in the same location upon retirement Prefer to live in the same location upon retirement May save for retirement through an IRA or other investments May save for retirement through an IRA or other investments Rely intensively on family and friends as they age Rely intensively on family and friends as they age May be unable to support aging care- givers May be unable to support aging care- givers

64 RETIREMENT How will retirement change in the future? Think about retirement and people with disabilities. Discuss: Think about retirement and people with disabilities. Discuss: Employment Employment Aging Aging Health care Health care Diversity Diversity Housing Housing Death & dying Death & dying Where are we going and what do you want?

65 Prepare for Changes in Retirement How should we prepare for future changes in retirement? Teaching What information about retirement will be available? What information about retirement will be available? What do retirement planners need to know? What do retirement planners need to know?Research How are retirement options changing? How are retirement options changing? What strategies can overcome problems associated with aging? What strategies can overcome problems associated with aging?Service What support systems will be available for seniors with disabilities? What support systems will be available for seniors with disabilities? What resources must be available to support increasingly diverse retirement options? What resources must be available to support increasingly diverse retirement options?

66 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future changes in retirement? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

67 ROLES In the past, people with disabilities... Were the recipients of service Were the recipients of service Always required lifelong support Always required lifelong support Sometimes entertained others Sometimes entertained others Often became objects of scorn or pity Often became objects of scorn or pity Were frequently feared and avoided Were frequently feared and avoided

68 ROLES Today, people with disabilities... Are recognized as people first who Are recognized as people first who Have diverse interests and needs Have diverse interests and needs May be highly educated and productive May be highly educated and productive Seek full inclusion in society Seek full inclusion in society Enjoy healthy relationships of their choice Enjoy healthy relationships of their choice Challenge expectations and exercise rights and Challenge expectations and exercise rights and Sometimes experience discrimination Sometimes experience discrimination Prefer to live ordinary lives Prefer to live ordinary lives

69 ROLES How will roles change in the future? Think about... Think about... Attitudes Attitudes Lifestyle Lifestyle Religion Religion Diversity Diversity Education Education Possibilities Possibilities Where are we going and what do you want?

70 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN ROLES Think about how we might change... Teaching How will teachers, doctors, employers learn about people with disabilities? How will teachers, doctors, employers learn about people with disabilities?Research What approaches work best to prepare young people for changing roles? What approaches work best to prepare young people for changing roles?Service Who will the role models be? Who will the role models be? What opportunities will be available? What opportunities will be available?

71 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for new and changing roles? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices Back to Choices

72 VOICE In the past, people with disabilities... Were isolated Were isolated With limited power or means of communication. With limited power or means of communication. Were barred or excluded from voting Were barred or excluded from voting Represented by a few tireless advocates Represented by a few tireless advocates Were easy to ignore and Were easy to ignore and Seldom if ever heard Seldom if ever heard

73 VOICE Today, people with disabilities... Speak up and speak out Speak up and speak out Sit on boards and committees Sit on boards and committees May employ or govern service providers May employ or govern service providers Are increasingly able to vote Are increasingly able to vote Are beginning to get to the table and Are beginning to get to the table and Are a little less easy to ignore Are a little less easy to ignore

74 VOICE How will voice be expressed in the future? Think about changes in focus and means. Discuss... Attitudes Attitudes Technology Technology Power Power Diversity Diversity Education Education Possibilities Possibilities Where are we going and what do you want?

75 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN VOICE Think about how we might change... Teaching – How will we teach young people with disabilities to communicate? What will educators and families need to know? Research – What opportunities to express ideas and choices are critical for participation and voice? Service – What opportunities for participation in community development or the disability community will exist? What barriers must be overcome?

76 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future opportunities for voice? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices

77 LEADERSHIP In the past, people with disabilities.. Were encouraged to fix or overcome disabilities rather than to build on strengths Were encouraged to fix or overcome disabilities rather than to build on strengths Had limited leadership roles in schools, government and communities Had limited leadership roles in schools, government and communities Were expected to look up to other persons with disabilities who achieved greatness by performing or overcoming disabilities Were expected to look up to other persons with disabilities who achieved greatness by performing or overcoming disabilities Developed leadership skills through system change activities rather than opportunities in employment or community service. Developed leadership skills through system change activities rather than opportunities in employment or community service.

78 LEADERSHIP Today, people with disabilities... Exercise legal and human rights Exercise legal and human rights Encounter attitudinal and policy barriers Encounter attitudinal and policy barriers Encounter apathy and low expectations Encounter apathy and low expectations Resist attempts to weaken disability legislation Resist attempts to weaken disability legislation Are sometimes at the table with policymakers Are sometimes at the table with policymakers Reserve the right to live ordinary lives Reserve the right to live ordinary lives

79 LEADERSHIP How will leadership change in the future? Think about leadership. Discuss... Think about leadership. Discuss... Attitudes Attitudes Vision Vision Apathy Apathy Personal development Personal development Technology Technology Power Power Where are we going and what do you want?

80 PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN LEADERSHIP How will leadership change in the future... Teaching – Who will the leaders and role models be? Who will teach and inspire new leaders? Research –What kind of challenges and support produce effective leadership? What prevents some people from developing leadership skills? Service – Who will support and nourish leaders? What leadership opportunities are available for people who desire ordinary lives? Back to Choices

81 RECOMMENDATIONS What should we do to prepare for future leaders? What changes should we make in teaching, research or service? Back to Choices

82 Final Thoughts You've got to think about big things while you're doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction. Alvin Toffler Alvin Toffler Who decides what the right direction will be? You decide!

83 Information Cathy Haarstad North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities Minot State University 500 University Avenue W. Minot, ND


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