ERIC Number: ED327997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
It's Never Too Early, It's Never Too Late. A Booklet about Personal Futures Planning for Persons with Developmental Disabilities, Their Families and Friends, Case Managers, Service Providers and Advocates.
Mount, Beth; Zwernik, Kay
Personal futures planning is a tool for fostering new ways of thinking about people with developmental disabilities. Futures planning helps groups of people focus on opportunities for people with disabilities to develop personal relationships, have positive roles in community life, increase their control of their own lives, and develop the skills and abilities to achieve these goals. It is designed to complement the Individual Habilitation Planning process. This booklet introduces personal futures planning as a problem-solving process and provides a rationale for using it and a basic understanding of its components. The first chapter overviews the process and compares this approach with methods that have been used in the past. The second chapter focuses on finding capacities in individuals and explains how the "capacity perspective" differs from a "deficiency perspective." The third chapter outlines how to plan a future and how to ensure that the plan will be implemented. Building a person-centered team to make connections in the community is the focus of chapter four. The final chapter compares the traditional Individual Habilitation Plan team approach to the Personal Futures Planning approach and demonstrates how they can be used in concert with each other. Five footnotes and a 21-item bibliography conclude the guide. (JDD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Minnesota State Planning Agency, St. Paul.; Minnesota Governor's Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities, St. Paul.
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Area, St. Paul, MN.