Why Do We Plan for Life After High School?
Person-centered planning enables individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities to enjoy a meaningful life in the community of their choice. This includes going to college, having jobs, making friends, and finding intimate partners. As paraeducators, you know the goals, dreams, and aspirations of the students you support in what they want to achieve after high school. To assist that process, we typically develop transition plans, but oftentimes fail to really listen to what the student wants and instead fill in forms based upon what we as educators think they want or need or what is in their best interest. This session will explore person-centered planning and tools paraeducators can adapt and modify to assist in a more quality and effective transition plan that can be used by direct support professionals and employment specialists as the individual student transitions into young adulthood in the community.