Person centered planning has become a powerful way to help people with developmental disabilities and their families achieve their dreams. The PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) is one of many tools that can help individuals and families into a more positive and possible future. The Arc of New Mexico recognizes this process as an important advocacy strategy and uses it to empower students to envision their future in new ways. Upon completion of the PATH staff meet with each student on a regular basis, depending on each individual’s needs, to review progress on goals, barriers to goals, and to develop strategies to overcome barriers. In addition, the students come together to discuss progress on goals, share ideas, and discuss other issues that affect them and strategies to address them.
Submitted by The Arc of New Mexico.