Throughout our time at Camp NetWorx! We have discussed how every aspect of life influences our own view of our disability; no two people with the same disability are alike. However, having the ability to express your disability as a positive attribute builds who you are as a person and develops a presence that encourages others to see you as an asset. Knowing who you are as a whole is extremely important to be able to express your disability as a positive attribute.
You are more than one-dimensional. A resume usually explains only one or two aspects of who you are; you are more than your resume as it limits the view of your personality and potential. To be able to better express yourself and tell your own story, we will each fill six squares with images and words; it doesn’t matter which as long as they show what’s important to you. This exercise will help you expand how you define yourself, building a three-dimensional box with six unique sides to represent your Base, Motivation, Skills, Passions, Aspirations, and Face.
Your Six Sides
For each of the sides listed below, upload a picture that best represents that side of you OR enter a word that best describes that side of you. For each side, do one or the other.
First, what is your name?
Core of who you are. Your base. Your roots and cultural/personal ethos. Your fundamental basics including your disability, physical characteristics (age, race and ethnicity, sexual identity and sexuality, disability), and core values. It is private and nearly immutable.
IF you do NOT have a picture to represent your BOTTOM side, write a word that represents this side of you.
Why does this picture/word or phrase represent the core of who you are?
Your lived history and your experiences. Your drive and motivation and character. Your inspiration. Your core strengths and vulnerabilities.
IF you do NOT have a picture to represent your BACK side, write a word that represents this side of you.
Why does this picture/word or phrase represent your history and experiences and core value?
Your technical skills, your abilities, what do you know how to do. What are you good at? What you have learned to do? The abilities you have gained because of or due to your experiences.
Why does this picture/word or phrase represent your skills and abilities or what you do well?
Your creative side, your fun, art passion, your hobbies, your favorites (poems, music, films, color etc.). What makes you smile and toots your horn? NOTE: We have discussed this topic a lot; you may be able to use ideas from Your Favorites to come up with your left side.
IF you do NOT have a picture to represent your LEFT side, write a word that represents this side of you.
Why does this picture/word or phrase represent your passion and favorite interest?
Your dreams and desires. Your goals and aspirations. Your base and back are based on the core of where you come from, yet your Top is where you are headed.
IF you do NOT have a picture to represent your TOP side, write a word that represents this side of you.
Why does this picture/word or phrase represent your dreams, goals, and aspirations?
Your face and expression of all of who you are. Ideally, the authentic representing of all 5 of the other sides. Your new words (verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs) that you use to express yourself. Your competitive advantage and authentic expression.
Why does this picture represent you best?