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This guide is intended to help individuals with deaf-blindness or other severe disabilities and the people involved with them to plan positive futures. An introduction notes that Personal Futures Planning is different from other planning meetings in that all participants are there voluntarily, there are no rules, and the planning is done "with" the individual and family, instead of "for" them. This planning philosophy tries to involve all the significant people influencing an individual's life and focuses on the individual's preferences and strengths, rather than his/her problems or disabilities. The basic steps of an effective planning process are enumerated as are components of the planning process: designing the planning process, building a personal profile, the planning meeting, and creating a future over time. Additional guidelines are given for forming the on-going group and for building a personal profile. A sample "map" of an individual's past and present is attached. Another sample "map" illustrates an individual's relationships. Examples of ways to identify the individual's preferences and images of the future are also illustrated. A sample action plan which lists specific steps, timelines, and individuals responsible completes the packet. (Contains 11 suggested readings.) (DB)

Descriptors: Deaf Blind, Goal Orientation, Individual Development, Individual Needs, Individualized Programs, Long Range Planning, Meetings, Severe Disabilities, Teamwork

Outreach Program, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756.

Autor: Moss, Kate; Wiley, David

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8005&id=ED390203

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