Use the three practices below as the basis for providing transition services to youth with disabilities. These practices can result in better outcomes for youth, improve engagement by families and make your job easier in the long run!
Person-centered practices are based on the core principle that the person is the expert in their own life and, as such, should drive the planning process. When applying person-centered practices, we must listen for what's important to and for someone to create the life they want.
When you adopt a person-centered approach, you look at services and supports in the context of what it'll take for a person to have the life they want — rather than your professional opinion or limited service options. The person and their support team identify effective supports and services that will help the person live, learn, work and participate in the community.
For example, in the context of employment, person-centered practices call on support professionals to not simply help someone get a job, but to help them find employment that's personally meaningful and incorporates the conditions they need to be successful at work.
This toolkit will help you apply a variety of person-centered strategies and tools in your work with youth in transition.
To learn more about person-centered planning:
The Charting the LifeCourse framework was developed to help people and families develop a vision for a good life by focusing on their current life stage and then identifying how to find or develop the needed supports.
You can use the Charting the LifeCourse framework and tools to learn more about the people you serve and help them set goals, solve problems and build plans for the future. At the same time, Minnesota's interagency partners are working together to adopt the Charting the LifeCourse framework to build a common language and approach as people move through and between our systems.
Disability Hub's My Vault gives you a way to strengthen coordination, ensure consistency in the use of person-centered tools and practices, and build efficiencies for yourself and the families you support. You and the other professionals supporting the person can use My Vault to:
My Vault creates a way for the person to control their own information electronically, so they can access and share it as needed. My Vault professional accounts can help you manage activities across your caseload.
For details, check out using My Vault to support people.