Person-directed planning assists persons with developmental disabilities to create a meaningful life in their community by identifying their life goals and finding community connections, services and/or supports with the help of their families and/or significant others of their choice.
For more information to access funded planning for adults 18 years and older, read Person Directed Planning for Adults (18 years and over) brochure.
For more information to access funded plans for children and youth under 18 years, read Person Directed Planning for Children and Youth brochure.
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If you have questions about Person-Directed Planning, contact Mansoora Qazi: [email protected] 416-971-6326 ext. 236
Person-directed planning helps a person with a developmental disability find the tools they need to live their dreams and to achieve their potential.
It can help people with developmental disabilities to:
In the Toronto Region, seven agencies funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) have been working collaboratively to provide support in the development and implementation of person-directed plans since 2009. COMPASS works together to ensure the values and principles of PDP are upheld, to increase planning capacity in the community, and to promote ongoing innovation and creativity.
The seven agencies are:
Person-directed planning helps you think about the life you want and your future.
With the help of a facilitator, it is a process which:
Planning can help direct your life the way you want. Planning can help you figure out how to share your strengths and talents, and how to find new opportunities. It’s good to be clear about what you want to do, how to do it, and the support you need to create the future you want.
Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region (DSOTR)
Tel: 1-855-DS-ADULT or 1-855-372-3858
Tt y: 416-925-0295
Email: [email protected]
Community Living Toronto
Tel: 647- 426 -3220
Family Service Toronto
Tel: 416-971-6326 ext. 236
Tel: 416-245-5565 ext. 222
To get ready for a plan, think about whom you want to invite and what goals and dreams you want to talk about.
There are many tools planners use. All are flexible based on what you like and how
you communicate. The tools are not just another way to create a service plan, but are a different way of thinking about how to do what you want and reach your goals. Often your planning facilitator will meet with you before your planning meeting to talk about the tools and find what works best for you.
In the beginning you may meet more often, but the number of meetings depends on the progress towards your goals and how often you want to meet. There may also be meetings with just your planning facilitator in addition to meetings with your group.
A network is a group of people who meet regularly to help you to reach your goals or personal vision. Usually friends, family members, co-workers, neighbours, and sometimes service providers are part of a network. Most of the people in a network are not paid; they are there because they care about you and have agreed to work together to support you in making your life better.
Networks can happen at any stage in a person’s life but often form during periods of change or transition, such as starting high school, leaving school, moving out of the family home or looking for work. A planning facilitator can help you to create a network. As you become more involved in your community working on your goals, you may meet people who might become part of your network.
We do not have any workshops for the public at this time.
A guide written to assist staff working in the developmental services sector and across other organizations in furthering their understanding of person directed planning and the role of the facilitator in the planning process.
Person Directed Planning is offered at the following location(s):