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Part I. Your Cooperative Group Challenge: Understanding the FCP Assignment Context: The Family Snapshot

You belong to a family that includes a child with a specific disability. You may structure your family in whatever way you agree to with your partners. One "head-of-household" earns $30,000 per year and has a basic health insurance policy through his/her company; the insurance DOES NOT cover major medical expenses.  With the birth (or determination of the disability), there have been many things to learn and many new emotions and feeling to deal with.  Planning for how all family members can enjoy a quality life has taken on a new importance.  You realize a major task is to find the educational and community resources and supports necessary for the child and the family to thrive while making the special accommodations your child with disabilities needs.  You understand this task will continue until all of the children are adults and on their own.  You realize that unique plans will need to be made to meet his/her current needs and lead to as productive, self-reliant, self-determined, independent and "normal" a life as possible in the child's adult years.

 Part II. Deciding the Scenarios: What your FCP Team Will Do

Your FCP team (a.k.a. “your family”) will present a 10-15 minute role-play that depicts the important experiences that your family encounters from the time of onset or identification of disability through the public school years. Remember to stay family-focused – it’s not just about school. You will “shift gears” 3 times during your presentation (3 scenes), and the “actors” should feel free to have more than one role. Props may enhance your presentation. 

“Families” in the past have depicted such occasions as these. (Feel free to choose something else!): getting the news from the doctor or psychologist that something was “wrong”; visits to (or car rides to/from) meetings at hospitals, with medical specialists, or at school (i.e., parent conferences, IEP or SST meetings); “kitchen table” talk at home reflecting on what has occurred; birthday parties or graduations; talk show radio or TV programs highlighting your child’s disability.

Part III. Team Written Assignment: "How Do We Meet Our Child's Needs?"

Given resources related to your child's assigned disability, such as the Turnbull and Villa/Thousand texts, as well as additional research your team conducts, you will collaboratively develop a written plan for meeting your child's needs.  The written plan will be in 4 parts as follows:

EDMS 512, Hood

Summer 2006

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