Person-Centered Planning

What is Person-Centered Planning?

Person-Centered Planning is a process of bringing supportive people together to help someone define and achieve a dream for the future. It is a “Person-Centered” way to make community contacts and overcome barriers for a person who has a disability. In a person-centered meeting, everyone contributes to a guided discussion and learns about the individual’s history, struggles, triumphs, preferences and abilities. The emphasis is on strengths instead of limitations. Everyone shares anecdotal information instead of reading reports or interpreting test results. Based on the stories, the person and those who provide support are able to more clearly define a dream for the future and participate in achieving that vision. These dreams are often represented in a sequence of maps reflecting the individual’s past, and their future aspirations. There are different methods used in person-centered planning meetings. Resources on two common methods, MAPS and PATH are listed below.

Learn More about Person-Centered Planning

The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University promotes the use of Person-Centered Planning and offers training.  Contact Stacey Ramirez – Email:

A Brief Guide to Personal Futures Planning From the Texas Deafblind Outreach Project: A booklet of maps used for developing a person-centered plan.

Creating Pathways for Children with Deafblindness This article provides a brief overview of person-centered planning and shares three parents’ stories about how they are using the tool to plan for their child’s future.

Person-Centered Planning Utilization Scale — This scale with rubric developed by the Georgia Sensory Assistance Project, helps evaluate the effectiveness of person-centered planning meetings. PCP Utilization Scale

Person Centered Planning Information and videos depicting both the MAPS and PATH process, from Inclusive Solutions