ERIC Number: ED349758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
FISC Individualized Family-Centered Planning Process.
McGrew, Kevin S.; And Others
The Families Involved in Schools and Community (FISC) Project was a federally funded project to develop and demonstrate the use of a model Individualized Family Service Plan process for young children with challenging needs and their families. The model emphasizes an individualized family systems perspective, informal nonintrusive assessment and planning processes, and family enablement and empowerment. The model focuses on developing processes, products, and skills that strengthen family-school partnerships, collaborative team decision-making, and links between families and their informal and formal support system. The model involves the specific steps of initial contact, preassessment planning, child assessment, collaborative goal setting at the Individual Education Plan (IEP)/Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) conference, and ongoing review of program plans. Evaluation of the FISC individualized family-centered planning process with 35 families who were initially involved in the FISC project and with a supplemental group of 51 families of older children with disabilities provided support for the process in terms of family member satisfaction as well as a shift to a more collaborative family-staff planning process. Appendixes present preassessment planning tools, a review of family assessment scales and methods with a list of over 100 references, a sample IEP and child and family plan, and four case studies. (Contains 17 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Family Involvement, Family Programs, Federal Programs, Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Programs, Models, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Education, Program Effectiveness, Systems Approach
Institute on Community Integration, Publications Office, 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Dr., S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.