For people with disabilities, learning the skills that are most important to the kind of life each wants to live is critical. These are called “functional skills.” How should this be determined? We know that in the past, providing a fixed curriculum of “community” or “social” or “vocational” skills, while more helpful than completely non-relevant material, often misses the mark for each unique individual and what they need to learn for their personal goals and settings.
This two-page planning guide can help direct a learner and trainer to the correct priorities. Based on self-determination, it asks the simple questions, is this domain related to the learner’s life goals, and is it important to be a learned skill, rather than something that can be accommodated. Once each domain is ranked, you can see what domains are priorities, and determine what next steps should occur.
How does it work?
Open the e-guide on your tablet, smart phone, or computer, (or print out a paper version), and rate each item.
The planning guide will total your ratings, and you can then select the priorities. Once you have completed and scored your assessment, you can plan your next steps and the strategies for achieving them.