More About Person-Centered Planning
What is Person-Centered Planning?
- Process to help people with disabilities plan for their future
- Focused on the person with disabilities
- Strengths-based practice based on the person’s interests, preferences, skills, and abilities
- Customized to the individual with disabilities and their vision and dreams
- Good framework for planning and making decisions
- Awareness of and sensitivity to the person’s capabilities, lifestyle, and cultural background
- Involves people who care who will help support the person on their path to success – his or her own personal network
Why use Person-Centered Planning?
- Families, educators, and other professionals will achieve more positive outcomes for the person with the disability while working together towards a common goal
- Brainstorming process that focuses on collaboration, creativity, possibilities/choices, and finding solutions which leads to increased teamwork and accountability
- More accurate reflection of the person’s goals and what is needed to help them reach those goals – skills, abilities, instruction, experiences, services, supports
- Person with disabilities will have control over their life; their voice is heard
- Long-term community supports are put in place which increases community participation and enhances social supports
How can Person-Centered Planning be utilized in School Transition Plans?
- Allows the student to participate more actively in their transition planning – being more active leads to more positive vocational rehabilitation outcomes
- Enhances the quality of assessment and planning activities
- Helps build positive working relationships between students, families, and professionals
- Better collaboration and coordination of supports and services
- Creates roadmaps – choices, options, opportunities, experiences, steps to get to where the student wants to be
- Focuses on a student’s self-determination and self-advocacy
- Connects families to adult service agencies before the student leaves high school
- Helps identify and build natural supports in the community
- Helps students make a smooth transition from school to adult life – focus on the student’s dreams for a preferred future
- Helpful tool to use when developing individualized program plans as a part of the person’s adult services after school
Nebraska’s Person-Centered Planning Efforts
The Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) is using Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) as the framework for implementing Person-Centered Planning in Nebraska.
To learn more about DD’s Person-Centered Planning efforts, check out their website.
You will also want to check out all the wonderful free Person-Centered Planning resources on the Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) website.
Person-Centered Planning Questions to Brainstorm and Discuss
- What do people like and admire about me?
- What’s important to me?
- What are the best ways to support me?
- What do I want my “good life” to look like? (Vision for What I Want)
- What is not a “good life”? (What I Don’t Want)
Resource: Life Course Tools
- What’s working for me? (Abilities, strengths, preferences, successes)
- What’s not working for me? (Unmet needs, dislikes)
- What supports do I need?
- What’s important TO me?
- What’s important FOR me?