Safeguarding the future conference - Canberra, 23-24 May 2024

Clarity of vision

It is never too early, or too late, to craft your vision for your child's future.

A closeup of a person's hands holding a gold-coloured compassWendy Strove is a parent and a passionate advocate for inclusion. She delivered this presentation at a Family Advocacy conference in 2007, where she shared her experience of developing a strong vision of a typical good life for her son with a disability.

Having a child with a disability can often shatter a parent’s dreams of a typical life for their child. A life full of purpose, contribution, meaningful employment, and connection with family, friends, and community does not happen by chance for people with disabilities.

In her presentation, Wendy uses a compass analogy to explain that a strong vision can serve as a guiding force towards a purposeful and valued life, abundant with opportunities for relationships to flourish.

Wendy urges every family to develop and nurture a vision of a typical good life for their child with a disability. This vision will make it more likely their child will have access to the good things life offers alongside their peers.