Several years ago, Vista created a set of nine Core Values that describe what is important to us as we work to impact the lives of individuals with disabilities and the broader community. For 2022, we have chosen to focus our blog series on these Core Values - telling the story of our students and members and our organization through this important and powerful lens.
September Core Value Highlight: ACCOUNTABILITY
Throughout the month of September, we have shared the importance of the core value Accountability, highlighting how we are responsible to each other and for the results of our actions. This week's blog discusses Accountability to our future self—which requires proactive planning.
Allison McPherson, Vista's Manager of Benefits & Advocacy
As we all face changes and unexpected detours in our daily lives and communities, it is critical to plan for these uncertainties to maintain happy, healthy living for years to come. One's needs today may look very different tomorrow, a week from now, and even more so in 10 to 20 years. Allison McPherson, Vista's Manager of Benefits & Advocacy, is a resource for the Vista community in navigating a successful plan to ensure the well-being of students and members while addressing the changing needs experienced throughout one's time at Vista. Allison states, "We do this by educating ourselves on the benefits available to individuals with disabilities. This includes identifying funding sources, local programs that help students and members receive benefits such as energy assistance and communicating and understanding the changing rules and regulations of the benefits."
Allison McPherson meeting with an Engage member
It might be intimidating for anyone to begin planning for the future, but Vista offers this opportunity to every student and member, as well as their families. Allison continues to highlight the significance of long-term planning and how to advocate for the student or member most effectively. "We are accountable to the individuals we serve, their families, service providers, trustees, and more. When an individual has an advocate, it is our responsibility to get to know the individual and their family. In terms of advocacy, we are accountable to many people. Advocacy services were initially created because as Vista was aging, so were our members and their parents. Vista parents wanted to ensure that Vista would remain a part of their aging child's life.," Allison states.
To be successful and accountable to your future self, it is essential to identify what you value and need as part of your daily life and self-care. Then you can create a strategy to employ when or if you face a crisis. Making a commitment to secure your future needs is beneficial and provides peace of mind.
Life situations and our community is forever changing. It is important to plan for the uncertainties and changes that occur today and as we age in order to maintain a happy healthy life.
More to come!