Community-Based Positive Supports

What is Person-Centered Planning?

A similar planning process with common elements of wraparound planning created in the intellectual and developmental disability field is called person-centered planning. Person-centered planning is focused on empowering people to lead a team in exploring their dreams for the future and working together to create a plan for achieving their desired outcomes in life.

The planning processes in person-centered models use nonverbal strategies including photos, drawings, and other images. This means that teams don't rely on language and words that require high levels of reading and comprehension skills. The goal in person-centered planning is to design services to support the person rather than forcing someone into services that are already available.

Key Features of Person-Centered Planning

  • Team-based planning
  • Build on strengths and talents
  • Connect with the community
  • Create meaningful relationships
  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect
  • Use active listening strategies
  • Encourage empathy
  • Seek to understand each person
A young man working on a computer

This person-centered plan shows a particular person-centered planning approach developed by Don Kincaid and his colleagues a the University of South Florida. Learn more about Britney’s Story PDF

You can see more tools and resources related to Community-Based Positive Supports by visiting the Module Resources page .