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Charting the Lifecourse Tools
Tools for having conversations with individuals and families about a vision for a good life and how to achieve it.

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Friends: Connecting people with disabilities and Community Members: a Manual for Families
This curriculum provides concrete, "how-to" strategies for supporting relationships between people with disabilities and other community members. It describes why such friendships are important to people with disabilities and why it is important to promote community belonging and membership. The manual includes specific activities to guide users in creating a plan for connecting people.

Inclusion Press
Articles on community inclusion, self-determination, and person-centered planning by John O'Brien and Connie Lyle O'Brien.

Imagine: Finding New Stories for People Who Experience Disability
Articles by David Pitonyak on such topics as Importance of Belonging, Positive Behavior Supports, and Person-Centered Planning (many in Spanish).

Inclusion Press
MAPS, PATH materials, inclusion Newsletter, other print and video materials developed by Judith Snow, Marsha Forest and Jack Pearpoint.

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Person Centered/Directed Planning with outcomes based on universal human aspirations: relationships, community membership, health & safety, generation of income, and control of transportation


Person-Centered Planning is a group planning process used to help people with disabilities create a foundation for their future. Plans build on the person's strengths, experiences and dreams. An independent plan writer could help you with this. To begin, gather a few people who know you well and consider the following:
  • What are my interests, strengths, preferences, health, and safety needs?

  • What do I want my life at home and in the community to include?
    Be sure to consider
    • home life
    • employment
    • further education and training
    • recreation
    • volunteerism
    • transportation
    • other community activities

  • What opportunities in my community match my interests and goals? Which specific opportunities will I pursue? How? What will a typical week look like?

  • What supports do I need to live the life of my choice?
    • What can I do myself?
    • How can friends and family help me with?
    • What are my opportunities in the community - library, community college, faith communities, clubs, civic associations, etc?

  • What support can I get through other agencies - Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), NetWORK RI, RIPTA, RIde (para transit), etc.

  • What supports will I need to be funded through DDD?

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