On September 22nd, providers who work towards obtaining meaningful employment for people with disabilities met in Washington to improve inter-agency collaboration. In the midst of discussion, one man created the concept of a “life-map” and shared it with the group. His presentation of the idea was humorous, but after further consideration, the group began to draw inspiration from the concept.
A “life-map” represents the journey one takes to achieve their professional and personal goals. As we make decisions regarding our employment, relationships, etc. we should ask ourselves, “Is this ‘in route’ to my goals? Or will this take me on a detour?”
This concept can be applied to both our personal and professional lives—as we seek to help people with disabilities obtain meaningful employment. We need to identify their goals, and develop a “life-map” with a selected route to take them from point A to point B. This will allow us to streamline their professional career, and keep them “on track” to a successful future.