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Person-centered planning and community mapping

Creating an engaging, enriching week for young adults with multiple disabilities and visual impairment — full of work, learning, recreation and social interaction — takes creativity and effort. It also requires familiarity with a new set of funding formats and program options.

Considering your student’s unique passions and interest will help you bring those passions to life.

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The power of person-centered planning

Person-centered planning is an exciting approach for building shared vision and a strong foundation for a student’s future.

Connecting with community mapping

Community mapping helps students make meaningful connections in the world around them.

Exploring Adult Program Models

The goal for many students after high school will be to transition into a meaningful, community-based program throughout the week. Some students will be most successful in a site-based day program, while others will travel between different community settings and activities.

Most families agree that navigating the transition process from school-based services to community-based supports can be daunting. Seek out a variety of options in your community to help create a strong support system and network of activities.

Skills for success

Students need practice accessing their community, and its important to start early. Here are the skills you should be working on to support success and being as independent as possible.

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Empowering students with technology

Using assistive technology is crucial for the independence and employment of students with disabilities. Learn more about the skills needed to use this technology and what technologies are available.

community participation

Create a life that works for all of you. Be flexible. Try new things.

“He likes to do everything!” — Jena Shea about her son, John Shea.

After graduating high school, John Shea had a lot of free time. So, with the support of his family, John decided to explore all sorts of activities — like art classes, weekly trips downtown, socializing with friends… and he launched his own small business!

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