Charting the LifeCourse is a framework that was developed to help individuals and families of all abilities and at any age or stage of life develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Individuals and families may focus on their current situation and stage of life but may also find it helpful to look ahead to start thinking about life experiences now that will help move them toward an inclusive, productive life in the future. The framework is designed to help any citizen think about their life, not just individuals known by the service system.
Even though the framework was originally developed for people with disabilities, it is designed universally, and can be used by any family making a life plan, whether they have a member with a disability or not.
All people have the right to live, love, work, play and pursue their life aspirations just as others do in their community.
Person-centered planning (PCP) is a set of approaches designed to assist someone to plan their life and supports. It is used most often as a life course planning model to enable individuals with disabilities or otherwise requiring support to increase their personal self-determination and improve their own independence
There are FIVE key areas important in all PCP processes:
- Share ordinary places
- Make choices
- Develop abilities
- Be treated with respect and have a valued social role
- Grow in relationships
Person Centered Planning (PCP) tools are all different. They should be chosen according to what the person wants to accomplish and according to their personal preference.
All planning processes have different
strengths and weaknesses.
It’s important to select the right tool
for your needs.
The advantage of the LifeCourse tool is that it provides specific examples of support options that a person may not have previously considered. It’s a great tool for those who feel their creativity muscle is not working as well as it could.
If you would like to learn more about Charting the LifeCourse, Please contact Sheri Romblad, Parent to Parent Coordinator at 203.506.5710 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Actively Seeking LifeCourse Ambassadors
Do you have a desire to help and lead families? Do you have a basic knowledge of Person Centered Planning or would like to learn more? Do you have the skills to communicate effectively? If so, contact Sheri Romblad at 203.506.5710 or email at email@example.com
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