- In Person-Centered Planning, the gifts and positive abilities instead of the weaknesses and inabilities of the individual are the focus.
- Person-Centered Planning focuses on developing connections within the community to provide supports for the person.
- Services and supports are developed for the person based on their needs, wants, and desires instead of “fitting” the person into current services and programs.
- Supports developed during Person-Centered Planning help the person to:
- Set their personal goals
- Meet new people
- Try new things
- Contribute to and be supported by their community
- Have who and what is important to them in their everyday life
- Stay healthy and safe
Person-Centered Planning helps everyone:
- Look at an individual in a different way. The person is seen first, not the disability.
- Increase opportunities for community participation and inclusion.
- Recognizes the person’s desires, interests, wants, and dreams.
- Through team effort, develop a plan to support the person in the life they desire to live.
- Gives people more control and choice in their lives in regard to the services and supports they want and need.
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