Person-Centered Planning: Research, Practice and Future Directions. S. Holburn and P. Vietze (Editors). Baltimore: Brookes, 2002.

Although the concept of person-centered planning is broadly accepted, like the broader paradigm shift in supports for individuals with developmental disabilities, there remains a wide gap between rhetoric and reality. In this book the authors both highlight progress and establish challenges for research and implementation of person-centered planning. Holburn and Vietze raise two seemingly simple questions: “Does person-centered planning really work? and “How can we best adopt person-centered planning to maximize its effectiveness “(p. xxiv)?

In her foreword, Mount notes the importance of person-centered planning as “both a philosophy and a set of related activities that lead to simultaneous multi-level change” (p. xxi). She notes that such planning is not a process that can be “reduced to or measured by its smallest parts.” The authors in this book...

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