ERIC Number: ED370323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Personal Futures Planning Project for Individuals with Deaf Blindness. Final Report.
Kleinert, Harold; And Others
The Personal Futures Planning Project created a person-centered planning model for developing and implementing individually designed transition services for 30 secondary-age youths with deaf-blindness in Kentucky. Project activities included: providing training and consultation in personal futures planning, providing consultation in planning and developing services based on outcomes of the individual's "dreams," providing training to specific parents and professionals who could assist local teams, disseminating the model to other parents and local teams, and developing a method of evaluating the outcomes. The project developed and implemented strategies to increase the involvement of individuals with deaf-blindness into integrated school and community settings, to help others see the strengths of the individual, and to encourage active listening to the individual and/or the family. This was accomplished by developing a futures vision for the life of the person based on his/her preferences. The process appeared to refocus the efforts of those involved to better match their efforts with what the individual wanted. This report discusses project goals and objectives, the project's conceptual framework, evaluation findings, and project impact. Appendices provide numerous project documents, such as a description of the Summer Institute on Community Integration, evaluation summaries of project training activities, participant observation summaries, project newsletters, and a 67-page facilitators training manual. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington, KY. Interdisciplinary Human Development Inst.
Identifiers: Kentucky; Personal Futures Planning