Person-Centered Planning for Adulthood

girl at computerChildren and youth with significant disabilities can sometimes have difficulty determining and articulating their preferences and interests when thinking about what they would like to have their lives be like after high school.  This can make transition planning for these students particularly challenging.  Families need access to information that will give them an understanding of how people with disabilities work and contribute so they can help their child build a vision for their future.

One way of getting a good understanding of what the youth's interests and preferences are is through a tool called "Person-Centered Planning." There are many tools that families can use, both formal (using a facilitator and gathering a group of people together to go through a process) or informal (sitting around the kitchen table with your family having a conversation) to help a youth identify and articulate what is important to them and what they want to do "when they grow up."

Here are some resources to get you started:

CCOT Resources & Services

  • Early Warning System Middle Grades Tool

    The National High School Center's Early Warning System (EWS) Middle Grades Tool enables schools and districts to identify students who may be at risk for academic failure and to monitor these students’…

  • Early Warning System High School Tool

    The National High School Center's Early Warning System (EWS) High School Tool enables schools and districts to identify students who may be at risk of dropping out of high school and to monitor these students’…

  • DCDT Fast Facts--Vocational Education

    Information for educators and parents to familiarize them with Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the role it plays in planning for students with disabilities.