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ERIC Number: EJ902288
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0599
Developing a Long-Term Vision: A Road Map for Students' Futures
Meadan, Hedda; Shelden, Debra L.; Appel, Kelli; DeGrazia, Rebecca L.
TEACHING Exceptional Children, v43 n2 p8-14 Nov-Dec 2010
When considering developing educational programs for students with disabilities, one often thinks first of the annual goals and short-term objectives that are included in the individualized education program (IEP). It is important, though, to connect the short-term objectives (the "now") to long-term goals and dreams (the "future"). Making that connection involves a process of defining those long-term goals and dreams and planning backward to develop short-term objectives as well as other educational activities. This article discusses how person-centered planning (PCP) and developing a long-term vision for students with disabilities can provide structure to this process. The authors present two case studies of children with disabilities to illustrate the development and use of long-term vision. They conclude with recommendations derived from literature related to PCP processes and from their own experience of working with students, parents, and teachers on developing a long-term vision. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A