As indicated in my article last week, I plan to share more information gained from webinars this calendar year. On January 6, 2021, I attended a virtual webinar via Zoom presented by the
The webinar is entitled “Doing With, Not Doing For: What it Takes to Facilitate Person-Centered Planning”. Although I could not find the recording or slides available at time my article was published on January 14, I anticipate an archive of event should be available eventually on the
page. I heard during the January 6 webinar that NCAPPS webinar archives are typically available several days after event. Since my screen reader identifies past webinar topics as text only instead of links, it is worth noting that pressing enter on the webinar of interest opens up information about it. In this article, I will summarize what I learned from the January 6NCAPPS webinar.
People with disabilities need to be included in all areas of life. A variety of planning principles were discussed. The first principle is that person-centered planning helps people live in their community based on individual strengths. Secondly, cultivate connections with community resources and services. Life control and choice is the third principle. It includes disability rights and self-advocacy. Fourthly, keep the person with a disability involved in the person-centered process. The final principle is record-keeping. It is necessary to document a person’s vision and plan for monitoring. The webinar moved on to perspectives from other presenters.
A person who started her career as a direct support professional gave an example of the person-centered planning principles. The focus should be on the entire individual. This can be facilitated through engagement and focusing on rights of the person. The professional who served people with disabilities reiterated the first presenter’s point about goal-oriented planning. The third presenter was an advocate who has dyslexia. Person-centered planning helps a person acquire employment and independence. A key aspect of people understanding each other through an open mind. It is also important to consider how a person can serve their community and thrive. A fourth presenter, who also has a disability, stated the importance of speaking up. This includes writing things down in advance. The second point made by that presenter was importance of focusing on what the goals are. Another presenter emphasized active involvement and self-advocacy as tools for person-centered planning. I will now reflect on what I learned.
For me, the common theme throughout the entire webinar is involvement. If a person is not involved in decisions which affect them, person-centered planning does not necessarily occur. Engagement is key, as is goal-setting. Monitoring of goals through documentation can help ensure goal achievement. Ultimately, focus on the individual and the goals which they have to be person-centered.
Question for readers: What principle or principles of person-centered planning are most relevant to my readers? I will return next week with another article.