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MAPS & PATHS are planning processes that help individuals identify their goals. These models take the individual from the dream stage to the positive and practical application of making their dreams into reality. Both processes depend heavily on the development of natural supports. The difference between this and a wrap-around services plan is that wrap services depend on government funded agency provided supports. For example a latchkey child might get funded for after school recreational activities, whereas a child/family using the MAPS/PATHS model might arrange for a circle of friends for support after school. Many of us have access to natural supports which can help us access the quality of life community inclusion can offer.

Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives (IAMC)  IAMC includes a network of staff and facilitators trained in PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) and MAPS (Making Action Plans) from the creators of this person-centered planning method, Inclusion Press. This method starts with creating Circles of Support and learning how to utilize and maximize natural supports to create a self-directed life in the community. AMC is available to facilitate these dynamic and visual plans for a focus person or organization. IAMC is also available to train organizations, educators, and any group interested in learning more about this field-tested person-centered planning tool. For more information visit or email

Transition Services
Transition from High School to Adult Services – Main Page
Person Centered Planning
TOTAL Project
Written Transition Plans in the IEP
Transition and DHS Division of Rehabilitation Services – Vocational Rehabilitation
Illinois Next Steps Program
Advocacy Toolbox – Main Page

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