Empowering People Through Collaboration

So what IS imagine anyway?

As a provider, that may be just what you're asking... Well, here are some even BETTER questions you should be asking about imagine:

Wouldn't it be great if we helped people make plans for themselves that focused on their accomplishments, the things they want from their lives and what they can do?

Wouldn't it be cool if, instead of sitting in long 2 and 3 hour meetings, we had a conversation about the things that matter most to the people we support and developed outcomes to help them achieve their goals?

Wouldn't it be awesome if we had an interactive ISP so that you as the provider, the family or guardian and most importantly, the person could enter updated and important information into their plan so that we are all aware of the latest?

Wouldn't it be nice if we didn't need to talk about things people don't need help with, that are very personal and really not anyone's business?

The answer to all of those is YES!!!! That's imagine.

imagine is a system that will completely change the way people with developmental disabilities receive services in Ohio.  Endorsed by the 18 county boards in southeastern Ohio, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Governor, and countless individuals and partners, imagine will change the way we think, act and support individuals on their journey through life.

Your next question might be, so what does that have to do with me?

imagine is a system based on common sense, respect, empowerment and, perhaps most importantly, collaboration. It's about working together to make a better way to talk with each other, to help make ISPs more meaningful and to provide services to people that are more balanced by focusing on what is important TO THE PERSON, as well as what is important FOR THE PERSON.

County Boards involved in this project have been receiving training on Person Centered Thinking (PCT) and how to use tools to help us work together in a more meaningful way.

For up to the minute information on the imagine projecy, check out the Imagine Blog