Person-Centered Planning / Personal Futures Planning

Person-centered planning and personal futures planning are dynamic and empowering approaches to transition for students with disabilities. The focus is on the student's goals, abilities, dreams and needs. Supported by a team composed of parents, family, educators, friends, and professionals, the student is the central figure and the prime mover in charting the future. In this section you'll find resources and advice to get you started.
Minnesota's Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
This 51-page booklet is designed for people with developmental disabilities, their families and friends, case managers, service providers, and advocates. It includes an introduction to Personal Futures Planning, ideas for finding capacities, building a network, and steps in the planning process. (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
In this recorded webinar, Steve Perreault talks about issues related to transition for students with deafblindness.
Perkins eLearning, Perkins School for the Blind
Beth Jordan from Helen Keller National Center provides a roadmap through the array of residential and employment service possibilities that exist and the need for early planning.
Pacer Center
This page provides an overview of Person Centered Planning, with a significant number of online resources.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
This document is written for parents and provides an overview of Person-Centered Planning, including action steps, young adult participation in the process, and developing natural supports. There are numerous links to additional resources.
Cornell University
This site offers an overview, a self-study course with a quiz section to test your comprehension, readings, activities, resources, and more.
Perkins School for the Blind
This webcast, presented by David Wiley from the Texas Deafblind Project at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, presents an overview of the Person-Centered Planning process and how this tool can benefit students and their families as they prepare for the transition from school-to-work. Two parents also discuss their experiences with the transition process.
Perkins Products
Developed for students ages 3 to 22, this curriculum focuses on developing life and career goals that enable student to maximize independence, self-determination, employability, and participation in the community.


Internet Organizations and Web-Based Resources

Perkins School for the Blind
Many of the resources designed for transition planning take a Western point of view of post-secondary life or the world of work. Partnering with organizations and associations in Asian nations, Perkins created the Transition Planning Asia website, a community of practice for the subcontinent and Pacific Rim, to share success stories and recommendations. This recorded webinar gives you an orientation to the website.
National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness 
NCDB offers an overview of Person Centered Planning, articles and other publications, bibliographies, Internet resources, and research.