Everyone uses a variety of resources and supports to get through their day-to-day routines and everyday lives. People build upon their own assets, skills, and capabilities. Most of us have people in our lives that do things for us (and vice versa). We tap into available community groups, clubs, organizations and resources. And who doesn’t use technology these days!
Ideally, when someone has different abilities or support needs they might need to access eligibility-based supports, but should also remember to look to the same types of supports that anyone else would use!
Personal assets and strengths are those things that a person or family brings to the table. It might be tangible resources, or it might be the knowledge, skills, strengths, personality or capabilities of the person.
Relationship-based supports are those things that family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and other people can help with, with the realization that one person probably can’t provide all the support a person might need, but several people might each be able to do one thing!
Technology could be anything from specialized technology, personal computers, tablets, smart phones, to something as simple as an alarm clock.
Community-based supports are those things that any community member can access. This might include community centers, grocery stores, public safety, hospitals, parks and recreation, public transportation or faith-based resources.
Eligibility-Specific supports include those services or things that someone is eligible to access based on disability, age, income or other specific criteria.
In order to support a trajectory to an inclusive, quality, community life, supports for individuals and families should be a combination and partnership of the personal strengths and assets of the individual and family, relationship based supports, technology, community resources, and eligibility-based supports.