PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) is a person-centered planning tool co-developed by John O'Brien. Inclusion Outreach uses John's Quality of Life indicators as guidelines for developing educational programs for the students we support. PATH uses graphic facilitation to illustrate the path to a positive and possible future.

In June 2016, Inclusion Outreach staff were trained and certified as PATH facilitators. We are now able to offer a PATH session on appropriate student visits.

The PATH process involves a two hour meeting after school on the Wednesday afternoon of the Inclusion Outreach team's visit. It involves the student, the student's school team, therapists, family, friends, school staff and select community members in order to develop a plan for the student's future. It has been highly successful in bringing school teams and families together and solidifying those relationships while focussing on the student's future needs. In preparation for the PATH meeting we will need you to:

  • Contact the family ASAP to identify family members, friends and community members that they would like to invite on the student's behalf.
  • Send out an Invitation (click here for a document sample), adding the appropriate RSVP email address.
  • Invite the school team and members of the extended team.
  • Arrange a meeting space for approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours. It will need a large wall space in order to display a large sheet of paper for the PATH (3 feet wide x 6 feet long), which we will supply.
  • Arrange beverages and snacks for the participants.
  • Remind the participants beforehand of the meeting date and location.

There are a number of websites where you can find out more information about PATH:

For more information or to arrange a PATH session on an upcoming student visit, contact Inclusion Outreach's Program Coordinator Dr. Christopher J. Jenkins, at

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