Freedom to live a meaningful life in the community.
Authority over dollars needed for support.
Support to organize resources in ways that are life enhancing and meaningful.
Responsibility for the wise use of public dollars.
Confirmation of the important leadership that self advocates must hold in a newly designed system.9
For more information on self-determination, visit and/or the Community Provider of Enrichment Services, Inc. at for information on consumer rights.
Your ISP focuses on you and your needs. This concept is called “person-centered planning.”
Person-centered planning reminds everyone that every decision made about your care must focus on you. Person-centered planning empowers you throughout the decision-making process. Person-centered planning can help you become more independent and assertive in your daily life by teaching you how to identify your wants and needs.
Person-centered planning is particularly important during the creation of your ISP. Your role is especially important when determining what services are right for you. When expressing your needs, you should be as creative as possible and express yourself in any form comfortable to you. This might include sign language, writing a poem or drawing a picture.
Circle of Support
Your circle of support is made up of people that you choose to help you create your plan. It can include anyone who is special to you, someone that cares about you, and others who help you make decisions in your life. Family members, friends, and other individuals of your choice can join the circle.
9 This definition was adapted from the National Program on Self-Determination Office’s definition.
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