The Arc of Colorado, with eleven local chapters of The Arc, are demonstrating to families of middle school students the value of person centered planning at an early age and to incorporate principles of person centered planning in middle school and high school Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). The Arc of Colorado contracts with a certified person centered planning consultant to train eight additional trainers who, in turn, train person centered training facilitators. The planning team conducts informational workshops with 2-4 school districts or rural special education cooperatives about ways to meet ICAP and Indicator 13 standards by incorporating life planning principles into IEPs and formal transition plans. The Arc of Colorado also contracts with the Colorado Association Supported Employment for train-the-trainer work to build vocational planning into personal plans at the earliest possible point – no later than grade eight.
Submitted by The Arc of Colorado.