Better Lives, Not Just Better Plans...

The Institute for Person-Centered Practices (IPCP) is a collaborative between the Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University and Texas Center for Disability Studies at the University of Texas at Austin;both are University Centers for Excellence in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDS) and part of a larger network of 67 centers.  The IPCP has experienced staff who train and work with agencies and organizations to develop and incorporate system-wide use of person-centered practices in delivery of services and supports.  Our team offers expertise and technical assistance in person-centered skill development and training.


The Learning Community developed the training curriculum used by the IPCP.  The Learning Community began this work in the 1980’s and has continually developed, improved, and incorporated innovative ideas and methods to facilitate community life for people with developmental and other disabilities.  Originally called the Essential Lifestyle Planning (ELP), person-centered practices have found their way from the US to Canada, the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, and more. The Learning Community is the leader in person-centered practices development. All IPCP mentors and trainers are certified by The Learning Community. 


The IPCP has experience training across multiple states and in Texas using a person-centered framework to assist people with disabilities to have more positive control over their lives any environment in which they live. Trainees include families, self-advocates, direct support professionals, administration, students, and state agency employees. 

About the Institute for Person-Centered Practices