ERIC Number: ED436045
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
The Most Important Member: Facilitating the Focus Person's Participation in Person Centered Planning.
Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla; Whitney-Thomas, Jean
Research to Practice, v4 n1 Mar 1998
This paper summaries a study on the participation of 10 students (ages 18-21) with developmental disabilities in the transition from school to work using the Whole Life Planning model. Data included observations of organizational and planning meetings and structured interviews with the students, parents, and facilitators. Analysis resulted in the following findings: students demonstrated four distinct types of participation (active, controlling, limited, and absent); and student participation was influenced by the student's personal style, the size of the meeting, and the level of abstraction in the conversation. Implications and recommendations are made for ways in which the facilitator can prepare in advance (such as identifying the student's personal conversational style); for what the facilitator can do during the first few meetings (such as concentrating on individualizing the planning approach); for things the facilitator can do during more abstract planning sessions (such as making clear connections between the student's relevant starting points and the more conceptual planning). (Contains 11 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Developmental Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Individual Differences, Meetings, Models, Secondary Education, Student Participation, Transitional Programs
Institute for Community Inclusion (UAP), Research and Training Center on Promoting Employment, Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115. Web site:
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration on Developmental Disabilities (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Children's Hospital, Boston, MA. Inst. for Community Inclusion.