ERIC Number: ED390238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Group Action Planning: An Innovative Manual for Building a Self-Determined Future.
Anderson, Emma Longan; And Others
This manual is designed to provide adolescents and young adults who have disabilities with a blueprint for setting and achieving goals, making decisions, acquiring needed supports, and achieving a self-determined and sustainable lifestyle. A planning process called Group Action Planning is used as a foundation for self-determination, with guidelines provided for establishing an Action Planning Group, choosing a facilitator, getting stakeholders and peers involved in the group, and conducting meetings. Techniques for brainstorming, goal-setting, decision making, conflict resolution, and negotiation are described. Common pitfalls of group planning for self-determination are diagnosed and solutions suggested, including problems of interpersonal chemistry, clashes between parents and the planning group, and uninspired leadership. A separate section of the manual is dedicated to celebrating successes, including anecdotes from individuals who have achieved their goals through the group planning method. A resource guide lists self-determination projects in 19 states, books, videotapes, articles, curricula, and national information and advocacy groups. (PB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Advocacy, Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Disabilities, Goal Orientation, Group Discussion, Group Experience, Planning, Postsecondary Education, Role Playing, Secondary Education, Self Actualization, Self Determination, Self Directed Groups, Young Adults
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Full Citizenship, Inc., Lawrence, KS.; Lawrence Unified School District 497, KS.
Note: Prepared in collaboration with Lawrence High School.