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

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Start Here

The Person Centered Plan Template is the first step in creating a Person Centered Plan for the individual(s) you support. Use each tool to help you fill out the sections of this template and create a complete picture of the unique person you’re supporting.

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 these dreams and the steps you’ll need to take to reach your goals.

How do you communicate?

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

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 this section will help you uncover and document how others describe you.

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.

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 risks and challenges and make a plan for overcoming them.

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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 identify those closest to you who you can rely on. These individuals include staff, family and friends you have in the community.

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 understand and support you better? Tools in this section will help you think about, and document those things.

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 questions and help identify what you are more likely to pay attention to, and what activities motivate you.

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 that are non-negotiable for you.

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 this section will help you identify and document your preferences in communication, activities and environments.

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 who are special to you.

Files for download:

Your Story Section Outline

Your Story Tool Kit

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