A PATH to the Future
What are your hopes and dreams for your child?
When you learn your child has a disability, it often detours your dreams for your child’s future. As your child learns and grows, your aspirations change with them. How do you help your child have the full and meaningful life you have always wished for?
The Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department of Indian River County Schools is committed to helping parents and their children make dreams a reality by improving our transitional services for students with disabilities. Working through our new Parent Advisory Committee, we have adopted curriculum and assessments to facilitate positive transition from school to college, career and community.
One method of planning for the future is completing and following a PATH. PATH (Planning Alternate Tomorrows with Hope) was developed in 1991 by Jack Pearpoint, John O’Brien, and Marsha Forest. PATH is a powerful, person-centered planning tool that assists families in identifying and reaching goals and dreams for their child with a disability. The family and their support network come together to develop an action plan for a positive, desirable and possible future for the student. A trained facilitator assists the student, their families, and representatives from support agencies to specifically define what the student wants for their future. Then the team develops and graphically displays the steps to reach the future goals.