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  1. Living the Good Life: Living the Life I Want Joanna Swett 13th National Early Childhood Inclusion Institute May 14, 2013 joannaswett@aol.com

  2. The Good Life “The good life” is the life that you would like to live broken down to its most basic form.  It deals with the simple pleasures that make you happy, the compassionate deeds you perform, the personal goals you strive to achieve, the relationships you nurture and the legacy you leave behind.  Sincere personal fulfillment is generally the collective end result. (Marc and Angel Hack Life; Productive Tips for Productive Living)

  3. This is where my journey began as a 10 week preemie

  4. This is me at I year old • No diagnosis • High Expectations • Early Intervention services begin

  5. This is me at age two • New medical diagnosis • Uncertain future • A new vision created

  6. This is me in my Early Childhood Special Education Preschool classroom

  7. Junior High School • New lessons learned: • Learning Style • Self-advocacy

  8. Senior high school: • IB program • Adaptive sports • Self-advocacy

  9. High School Graduation • Off to College • Accommodations • Self-Advocacy • Independence • Employment

  10. High Expectations = College Graduation

  11. My Life at Sand Castle Child Care Center

  12. My new apartment

  13. People that support and encourage me.

  14. My favorite things

  15. My dream: • Circle of Friends Child Care Center

  16. Music Music is also an important part of my life Video “ What Does It Mean to be Loved:Isla’sStory” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48vmNnsgyos

  17. Creating New Dreams:High Expectations for Each and Every Child • Building partnerships with the families of children with special needs will help them to achieve the dreams they have for their child • Access, participation and supports will allow children to reach their full potential