The Power of Person-Centered Planning

Rosanne J. Westgate
Carol Blessing

Suggested Citation
Westgate, R.J., & Blessing, C. (2005). The power of person-centered planning. TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 2(2) Article 2. Retrieved [date] from TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus.


The purpose of this article is to awaken the reader to the possibilities which exist when working on Person-Centered Planning and the individual with intellectual disabilities, specifically, Down syndrome. Although Person-Centered Planning has been in existence for more than two decades, it is viewed in a new way through the experiences documented in this article by individuals, and the use of a new format which includes photography, the computer, and a guide for what questions to ask and how to ask them. The central question of what caregivers can do once the Person-Centered Plan is enacted is posed as well. The Person-Centered Plan is seen as not disability-specific, but a capacity building process in which the personnel involved are key to linking the individual to the community in order for dreams and personal goals to be realized.