Self-Determination and Person Centered Planning

In this unit of instruction we will be exploring the self-determination movement and examining two examples of person-centered planning processes that are used to improve life outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

The first of the processes that we will look at is called MAPS. This stands for Making Action Plans. MAPS is typically used for people who are still in school. You will learn about the steps the MAPS team takes to produce a positive experience in integrating a student with disabilities into the general education curriculum.

The other planning process to be examined is called personal futures planning. This is both a plan and a problem solving process. You will learn about who is involved in this process, what it looks like, and how it differs from other planning processes. Unlike MAPS, personal futures planning does not focus mainly on those who are still in school, but is used for individuals of any age.

By completing this module, hopefully you will come to a greater understanding of how a person with a disability can take the lead, and the people in that person’s life can support them in working to plan for that person’s future. As you’re reading, think about your own planning that you undertake as you are thinking about finishing high school and what will come next in your life. How is this different for a person with disabilities? How is it the same?