Friday, May 26, 2017

How to Make a One Page Profile, Ellie Style

Last week I posted the One Page Profile I made for Ellie in preparation for her transition to gen-ed preschool on my Facebook page. Somehow the post took off and has been shared around the world! My friend Joelle saw it had been shared in Australia, how that is possible?! Since then I have received many questions from parents on how to make one. I thought it would be helpful if I listed the steps here so parents can find the information easily to refer to down the road. 

First, I wanted to explain how I learned about this concept. Back when Ellie was just a wee babe, I went to an event that our local group DSNO hosted on Person-Centered Planning and the One-Page Profile given by FACT
FACT is an amazing local organization, their mission says it all: "Our mission is to empower Oregon families experiencing disability in their pursuit of a whole life by expanding awareness, growing community, and equipping families." Empower. And that exactly what they do. I went to this event on a whim, more for the companionship of other parents and maybe some wine, and I didn't expect to be so inspired so early on in Ellie's life.

I fought back tears as I listened to Roberta Dunn, the founder of FACT, talk about her son who is now a young adult. She shared his Person-Centered Plan with us, and it was full of positive information about him. She explained that his whole team would come together, and they would talk about what worked and why, and they would build his plan based upon his strengths. I don't know why but it hit me hard that night, it was so uplifting and positive! It gave me such hope for Ellie's future. I remember trying to envision what Ellie's plan would look like. I never imagined our girl would be heading into a gen-ed preschool, reading like a champ, with lots of friends, and be a lover of Taco Bell and rap. Yes, I included that info, because that is our girl.



Last Tuesday I had a mini panic attack. Ellie had her "transition meeting" that Friday. The premise of the meeting is to get her whole team together to discuss her move from specialized preschool to the general ed preschool. And the gen-ed preschool is the same school her big bros go to, and she will have the same teachers they had! Her teachers, therapists and future teachers were all going to be at this meeting. I had nothing prepared whatsoever (three days before!!!) so I posted a plea for help in our private "Oregon Parents of children with T21" group on Facebook. Speaking of which, my BFF Jos and I just started this group, if you are in Oregon and are a mom or dad with a kid with DS of any age, let us know and join us! So far it has been amazing being able to share and learn from other parents on the same journey!




I received some awesome input on what to expect, what to do, and was reminded of the One Page Profile and Person-Centered Plan. I went to FACT's site and looked at the all of the examples and pulled together Ellie's document. I ended up using a site called Canva. This site is a graphic design website (and they also have an app) and it's AMAZING. 

Before I list the steps on how I created the One Page Profile, I thought I would also share the video I watched a couple of times before her transition meeting. This video was made by NWDSA and All Born In, two more wonderful local organizations, and it made a huge impact on me. If you are starting on the journey of advocating for your child's education I recommend you watch this video!

We All Belong

And now here are the steps to create the One Page Profile:

1. Go to Canva's site.

2. Navigate to "blog graphic":



3. The "blog" templates will pop up, scroll down until you see the one with a pink background called "sweet carol's velvet cupcake".
**Note: if you don't see it, try typing in "cupcakes" or "sweet carol's" in the search bar and then click "layouts".




4. Click on this template and you can adjust the background color, text type, add your photo, and even copy and paste the box shapes and change their sizes. Here is where you can upload a new photo:



Please feel free to use any of the verbiage I used if it fits what you are looking to do. Last year when I attended the DSDN Rockin' Mom retreat we had a guest speaker named Laura Buckner. I remember there wasn't a dry eye in the house, as she explained the vision statement she brought to all of her son's IEP meetings. Her son is now an adult, who lives a happy and productive life. She is an amazing advocate and mother. She told us to get out our pens and to write it down, this is it in it's entirety:

We envision Ellie living a life of choice. 
We envision her having relationships she finds meaningful.
We envision her spending her days at work and other places that she enjoys and finds productive. 
We envision her living with people she chooses to live with in places she chooses to live.

A life of choice, this says a lot doesn't it? I really loved the vision statement and tweaked it a little for this meeting, she's only 4 after all :) But I plan on editing it as she grows, but it will always remain that we envision her living a life of choice.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions. I hope this helps you, and remember our kids are entitled to an education in the "least restrictive environment". 

For this week's post, since I talked about being so emotional so many times I decided to pick an emotional song! There's just something about it that fills me with all the feels, like you want to raise your hands up and close your eyes, it's one of my all time faves
:

The River - Leon Bridges

Ellie's first day of school - age 3!

23 comments:

  1. I am a special education teacher in Ohio. I work with credit deficient seniors who are behind usually due to low attendance or dropping out and returning to high school!!! I am doing this for each one of them!!! I want them to see how amazing they are and believe in themselves!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!!

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    1. Leanne, this is a wonderful idea! Please let me know how it goes!

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    2. What a wonderful thing to do for your students!

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  2. This is amazing! I have not managed to learn to use it yet. The tutorial seems limited.

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    1. Please holler at me if you have any questions or need help. The Canva site is pretty easy to use, and I've had a lot of friends make their kiddos a one pager using this post and they've had no problems.

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    2. Thank you, I figured it out. I thought it would be great for my students who are transitioning.

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    3. Oh great! I'm glad you were able to make it work for you! :)

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  3. Great idea! Hope you don't mind if I pinned it.

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    1. Hi Patti, absolutely no problem!! :)

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  4. I'm an SLP - wouldn't it be amazing if this is what IEPs actually looked like? I might have to tweak this a little to be my summary form for teachers at the beginning of the school year.

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  5. Love this! Thank you for sharing! I'm a sped teacher and will be using this!

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  6. Hi, Thank you for your info!
    My experience with the Canva's site was that I was unable to find the "sweet carol's velvet cupcake" under any Blog Template. To locate it, I backed out and entered the "all Templates" tab. I then searched for "sweet carol's velvet cupcake". I then was presented with several cupcake templates. A few scrolls down and there was the correct template!

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    1. Thank you for that helpful tip!! And I'm sorry it was difficult to find at first. It seems that different operating systems may change the way it looks. It's also impossible to edit from a phone!

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    2. Thank you for this tip!! So helpful!

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    3. Thank you so much for posting this! I too couldn't find the layout I needed until I followed this. Thanks again!

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  7. Facilitate ... seniors can do this themselves. Empower them ....

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    1. Love the idea of students working on this themselves when they are older! I'm going to remember this as Ellie grows up!! Thank you :)

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  8. Hi,
    I'm at the Canva site and don't see the "Blog Graphic" option...looked everywhere! Even entered it in search field and nothing. Bummer...also, is there a fee? Thanks!
    Amy

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    1. Hi Amy! I'm so sorry you are having difficulty finding the template! I have heard this from a few people now.
      If you go to www.canva.com, under Create a Design, click on "blog graphic", from there go to the search bar. Type in "sweet carol's", and then when you hit enter, make sure you are clicking on "layouts".
      After you see some of the templates pop up, there is a toggle to scroll up and down, scroll down a bit and you'll see the Sweet Carol's Velvet Cupcakes with the pink background.
      Oh, and there is no fee! I sign in through facebook and have been able to save everything I've created. It's such a great site!
      Another side note: you can't do much from the phone app, it works best from a computer.
      Let me know if you are still having difficulty I can try to email you a link to make it easier!

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  9. I can't find the "Blog Graphic" either. I've tried searching for cupcakes and sweet carol's, too. If you are able to email a link, that would be FANTASTIC norris.kim.a@gmail.com Thanks for this great idea.

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    1. Hi Kim! I'm sorry the site is so clunky, it is frustrating! I have emailed you a link, let me know if you have any questions OK? :)

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