Person Centred Planning
Person Centred Planning (PCP) refers to the process of life planning for an individual.
The individual is consulted and their views and aspirations inform decision- making. The principles of inclusion are incorporated to ensure the person is not isolated from society. Instead of being a medical model where the individual may passively receive services and where their impairments may be viewed as a problem leading to exclusion from the community, PCP is more of a social model where the individual is encouraged to be proactive in ensuring equality and inclusion into the community. Until this is achieved, this social model views that it is society who is disabling the individual and society that should be responsible for making alterations to facilitate the individual’s inclusion in the community. In practical terms, PCP involves careful planning for an individual that takes into account their strengths, preferences, areas of difficulty and related support strategies/ systems at each stage of their education and at transition points.
We can Dream
The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities have produced a booklet for young people with autism, their families, friends and supporters, giving ideas about what to do when you leave full-time education. Go to their website to download a PDF version.