PaTTAN Training Announcement - Person Driven Planning for Life after High School - Meeting the Needs of All

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following training opportunity

Person Driven Planning for Life after High School – Meeting the Needs of All
Youth engagement in transition planning is critical to ensuring that students have a voice in the development of their IEP and take an active role in their career development and post-secondary goal planning process. Person Driven Planning (PDP) grew out of a commitment to inclusion as a social goal. Intentionally designed as an inclusive process, PDP is an attempt to ensure that individuals take charge of their plans. This webinar series will explore Person Driven Planning, tools for engaging in the practice, the importance of benefits counseling in the plan development, and promising practices in Pennsylvania.

Why Person Driven Planning? Not About Us Without Us
October 27, 2020 (2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
Person Driven Planning is based on ensuring that individuals with disabilities not only have a voice in, but also take charge of their own transition planning. During this webinar, components of Person Driven Planning will be discussed. Conversations about why it is so critical to implement for students with disabilities of transition age will also be shared.

Tools for Person Driven Planning
December 15, 2020 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
There are many different tools that can be used in Person Driven Planning. This webinar will review several different tools for IEP teams to consider, including: Life Course Tools; Making Action Plans (MAPS); Planning for Alternative Tomorrows with Hope (PATH); and Rehabilitation for Empowerment, Natural Supports, Education, and Work (ReNEW). Each tool will be described by a person trained in its use. Presenters will share their experiences and field questions from participants.

Benefits Counseling – Key to the Plan
February 16, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers disability benefits for more than 8.5 million people. Depending on the type of benefits, payments may go to qualifying family members of the disabled person. Webinar participants will learn about the social security eligibility factors, basic information on how to apply for social security, and the information and documents needed to complete the application. Although the SSA offices are currently closed to the public, questions can be answered by calling 1-800-772-1213 or by visiting our site

Empowering Youth in PA - Resources for Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy
April 20, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Self-determination and self-advocacy are more than just buzz words; they are critical to post-school success. During this webinar evidenced-based practices and resources for youth, families, and stakeholders to increase youth-centered practices through the introduction of the Transition Discoveries Youth Development Toolkit.

Please register online by visiting the PaTTAN website at

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar, including the Zoom link.

No continuing education credit (Act 48) will be offered. Certificates of Attendance will be available 30 days after each event.

For questions regarding registration, contact:
PaTTAN Pittsburgh – Paula Quinn,, 412-826-6880

For questions regarding content, contact:
PaTTAN Pittsburgh – Hillary Mangis,, 412-826-6878