is a state-wide project that will focus on training experienced person-centered planning facilitators in using Essential Lifestyle Planning (ELP) and “Picture of Life” (POL) tools to develop life plans with community involvement for foster youth with DD ages 16-17 to plan and mobilize services to meet their individual needs.
To prepare youth with DD who are about to exit foster care to exercise choice, promote the use of informal and community supports, and to make knowledgeable decisions on community living and work. The project intends to improve transition outcomes for these youth.
What is Person-Centered Planning?
Life planning is a guided process that assists people in identifying the steps to make their dreams a reality. Youth and the important people in his or her life get together to explore a vision for the future based on the individual strengths, interests, and preferences as well as health and safety concerns. Person-centered planning can be a very helpful process for young adults who are transitioning from school to adult life.
- a safe and stable home
- self-determination and self-advocacy
- framing a vision for their future
- a support system to help with decision making
- ongoing circle of natural/informal support
- employment exploration and opportunities
For more information, contact Jacy Farkas MA or call 520-626-0442
Primary support and funding received from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. It is a collaborative initiative of the Sonoran UCEDD University Center for Excellence in DD and the Arizona Department of Economic Security Division of DD to improve outcomes for foster youth with DD.