A useful planning exercise has been developed to help young people with disabilities and their families plan for a positive future. This is called PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope). It is usually a 2-hour exercise during which the person with a disability (with help as necessary) identifies his or her’s vision of the future as well as specific goals over a short period. The person and his or her family decide who should be invited to participate. A facilitator helps to guide the planning and another individual (known as a graphic recorder) records the vision, goals and action steps on a large piece of paper on the wall. The planning exercise has the 8 steps.
In New Brunswick, several individuals have been trained as facilitators and recorders for the PATH process. For more information about the PATH process or about facilitators in your area, contact the New Brunswick Association for Community Living.