Reach for the Stars, Planning for the Future
Reach for the Stars aids families in working with school personnel to create educational plans
that will lead to inclusive educational programs. It helps families with planning positive transitions
for young children with disabilities.
• Family members can work with teachers, community members, and their child's
peers to complete the maps and supporting materials prior to attending a transition
meeting for their child.
• Service providers can use the material to understand a family's desires and expectations
regarding their child's future.
• Information from the Reach for the Stars process can be utilized as part of the child's functional
assessment to facilitate the development of an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
• Assessment: the process of gathering comprehensive information about children to guide
educational programming decisions.
• Scope and Sequence: refers to the skills children should learn and the order in which they
should learn them.
• Activities and Instruction: includes the contexts in which instruction occurs, as well as
the strategies for providing instruction.
• Performance Monitoring: (progress monitoring) data on children's performance should be
collected on a regular (ongoing) basis.
Person-Centered Planning (PCP)
Person-centered planning emphasizes positive attributes of children with disabilities rather than their weaknesses. When using PCP, programs are planned around what works for a child, rather than a child's conventional test scores. Similarly, when PCP is employed, decisions are made based on informed choice rather than what is available for a child. Finally, families are actively involved in the PCP process, particularly when used with young children. (http://shop.aph.org)
The New England Consortium on Deafblindness (NEC)
A Deafblind Community of Practice
Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont