ERIC Number: ED436047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Building Authentic Visions: How To Support the Focus Person in Person Centered Planning.
Whitney-Thomas, Jean; Timmons, Jaimie Ciulla
Research to Practice, v4 n3 Apr 1998
This study examined the role and participation of facilitators, family members, and friends in the person centered planning process for youth with disabilities. It examined the participation of 10 youth (ages 18-21) with developmental disabilities who took part in Whole Life Planning processes through observation of 34 organizational and planning meetings and 17 interviews with the young people, their parents, and facilitators. The study identified eight factors that encouraged participation by the focus person including: speaking directly to or directing questions toward the focus person, speaking at the focus person's language level, and using accommodations as needed. Three factors that decreased participation were also identified: using jargon, using the third person, and using patronizing language. Also identified were three factors important for the group process: writing suggestions on flip charts, using good group facilitation skills, and actively involving the focus person in the group process. (DB)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Developmental Disabilities, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Individual Development, Interviews, Long Range Planning, Meetings, Observational Learning, Secondary Education, Student Participation
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.