Person-Centered Planning for Adulthood
Children 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:
- PACER Center in Minneapolis (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights): Introductory information and several resources to help teams begin and continue the person-centered planning process.
- Parent Brief on Person-Centered Planning: Newsletter with parent information on the basics of Person-Centered Planning as a tool for transition
- What Does Your Child Need to Know? - This activity -based website from the Diagnostic Center in northern California discusses Person-Centered Planning and related activities to transition planning.
- Self-directed Transition Planning Tool: Planning tool from Let's Get to Work and the Wisconsin BPDD. This planning tool was created to help students and their support teams come together to talk and think about employment goals