By Beth Schaffner
What is Person-Centered Planning?
“Person-Centered Planning refers to a family of approaches to organizing and guiding community change in alliance with people with disabilities and their families and friends.” O’Brien & Lovett
In Person-Centered Planning, a trained facilitator and recorder team help to organize natural supports (like family, friends and acquaintances) as well as formal community supports and services to plan for and achieve a desirable future for the individual.
Types of Person-Centered Planning Processes
The following well-known person centered planning processes share underlying values and similarities but may differ in their application.
What is a PATH- Planning Alternative Tomorrow's with Hope?
Forest, M. & Pearpoint, J. (1997). All my life’s a circle. Toronto, Canada: Inclusion Press International.
Pearpoint, J., O'Brien, J., & Forest, M. (2001). A workbook for planning possible futures: Planning alternative tomorrow's with hope (2nd ed.).. Toronto, Canada: Inclusion Press International.