chapter  11
Person Centred Planning
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Introduction Thereisaslowyetsignificantshiftinthedominantmodelorparadigminthefieldof learningdisabilities.Therehasbeenamovefromthemedicalmodeltothedevelopmental model,andnowanewparadigmisemergingwhichfocusesoncommunitymembership andfunctionalsupportstoenhancequalityoflife(Bradley1994;Kinsella1993).Thisshift requiresnewwaysofplanningwithpeoplewhouseservices.Traditionalplanning processeshavetypicallyfocusedonwhatpeoplecouldnotdoandsetgoalstodevelop competenciesintheseareaswiththeultimategoalofincreasedindependence.Person centredplanningisadifferentapproachrootedinthevaluesofthenewparadigm.Instead oftryingto'fix'people,throughpersoncentredplanningtheaimistodiscoverthe individual'spreferredlifestyleandhowthiscanbeachieved.