Person-directed planning provides the opportunity for a person to explore resources in their community, try new activities, gain new experiences, and make informed decisions based on those experiences. From this, custom, or person-directed supports are built around each person’s desired goals and outcomes.
What is Person-Directed Planning?
Person-directed planning engages individuals who have an intellectual disability in identifying their work, volunteer, leisure and recreational interests and goals.
What are the benefits of having a Person-Directed Plan?
There are many!
- Enables them to have a voice and be heard
- Makes them feel valued
- The plan belongs to them
- They are the key decision-makers
- Empowers them to keep everyone accountable for outcomes
- They feel supported
- Enables them to hear what their family member really wants
- Encourages partnerships with others
- Gives them a direction and clear action plans
- Respects their role as supporters
For Staff and that person’s network?:
- Gives them a purpose for why they are together
- Connects and strengthens the members
- Supports the person to achieve their plan
- Shares resources and opportunities
- Is a source of creativity for ideas and possibilities
What is a Support Network?
A Support Network or Circle is comprised of an individual’s family members, friends, community partners, Community Living Toronto staff and others important in that person’s life.
At Community Living Toronto, what a person does during the day is tailored to their individual plans, their goals, talents and interests. We make this happen through:
A facilitated planning session includes two Planners who will co-facilitate a meeting involving individuals and those who know them well. The Planners use a number of visual planning tools and uphold the principles of good planning to enable everyone to participate.
For more information, please contact Karen Cloer or by phone 416-438-6099, x235.