Person Centered Planning is an ongoing problem-solving process used to help people with disabilities plan for their future. A Person Centered Plan is a tool in that problem-solving process that helps people with disabilities, their families and their support professionals learn more about preferences, goals, dreams and challenges. Here, we've broken the plan into 12 easy elements and included descriptions and tools to help you along the way.

Your Story

What is your story? Tools in this section help identify your family history, special events in your life, stories about you, defining moments and people…

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How would people describe you?

Every person contributing to the plan should answer this question:  What are the first things you think of when you hear my name? Tools in…

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How do you communicate?

In what ways do you communicate with the world? Tools in this section will help you identify communication systems and styles, assistive technology and nonverbal…

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Your Interests

What kinds of activities put a smile on your face? What are you most happy doing? Tools in this section will help you answer these…

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Your Preferences & Choices

What choices do you make that are important to you? What are some of your preferences related to how people interact with you? Tools in…

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Your Non-negotiables

What are some things you dislike? What would make for a bad day? Tools in this section will help you document the items, issues, situations…

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Who’s got your back?

Who is on your team? Who helps you out, supports you? Who gives you new ideas, encourages you? Tools in this section will help you…

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What do people need to know to support you?

What do people who support you need to know about you as a person? Are there unique aspects to your personality that will help others…

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New things you have learned about yourself

What have you learned about yourself recently that you didn’t know before? Tools in this section will help you document these new ideas.

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Dreams and Goals

What are your dreams for the future? What goals do you want to accomplish? Tools in this section will help you dream big and document…

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Risks and Challenges

What risks and challenges exist for you? In your daily life, in your interactions with others? Tools in this section will help you identify these…

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Work Experience

What work experience have you had? This includes volunteer experience as well. Tools in this section will help you document activities and work experience.

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