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Person Centered: Transition Assessment Process (PC-TAP)

Person Centered: Transition Assessment Process (PC-TAP) uses the strategies from Person Centered Thinking to develop an assessment that supports transition planning. and the requirements Federal Law.  In Texas, House Bill 617 requires that the Texas Education Agency, with support from the Health and Human Services Commission, create a Transition and Employment Guide that includes information on self-advocacy, person-directed planning and self-determination. As a result of both the federal and state requirements the Institute on Person Centered Practices has developed the Person Centered Transition Assessment Process. PC-TAP is a collaborative approach using expertise from the student, parent and school staff to identify achievable post-secondary goals and necessary supports that reflect the student’ interests, abilities and needs.  The process has been piloted with great success with over 400 students in Texas with ALL eligibilities.


The one-day training provides strategies for the classroom teacher, parent and school administrators to identify what is important to and for the student to enhance success in the classroom and transitional outcomes. Identified staff members can become certified facilitators of the PC-TAP.  This requires a second day of training where the process is modeled and participants have the opportunity to practice the newly introduced skills.


  • Through conversation the students are able to express their interests 
  • Students learn to better advocate for specific educational/emotional/physical needs and supports
  • Family’s opinions and values are being heard
  • Student, family and school staff learn the skills to have an honest meaningful conversation about the future

The Institute for Person-Centered Practices realized that there was a gap between school transition efforts and receiving and utilizing aults services.  With Person Centered – Transition Assessment Process schools and agencies are speaking the same language.  This helps bridge the gap.

One parent’s perspective helps explain: 

"The PC-TAP has made a difference in my child’s future and has provided me with an understanding of how the community and adult services can be used to support my child’s future.  I now feel so much more positive."