Empower Person Centered Planning/Independent Facilitator

Self Determination will be available to all Regional Center Clients by June 2021.

If you have been accepted into the Self Determination Program and are in need a Person Centered Plan please email empowerpcp@gmail.com with your name, your child/adult’s age and the city you live in, your phone number and the best time to contact you.

About Sandra McElwee:

                                                                            Sandra McElwee has spent the last 26 years raising her son, Sean, who has Down syndrome, to live a Self-Determined Life. Her goal with each client is to discover their dreams and aspirations and create the most detailed Person Centered Plan to EMPOWER the to achieve their goals.

She has been an advocate in education and employment.  She supports Sean’s T-Shirt business; seanese.com,  with the title “Chief Dream Facilitator.” She is a keynote speaker speaking on Inclusive Education, Self-Determination and Supported Decision-Making. Authoring three books about her Sean, she has also contributed to the books, “Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Our Lives,” and “You Will Dream New Dreams, Inspiring Personal Stories by Parents of Children with Disabilities.” One of Sean’s dreams was realized when he was cast on the Emmy Award Winning TV show, “Born this Way,” on A&E. Sandra and Sean’s father Rick were also featured on the show.  Married over twenty-eight years to Rick, they enjoy traveling and participating in Sean’s many activities.


Person Centered Planning and Independent Facilitator Training; Trainer: Sonni Charness of Guidelight Group

Liberty Plan/Person Centered Culture; Trainer: Beth Gallagher.

Person-Centered Thinking; Trainers from Regional Center of Orange County

Independent Facilitator Training; Trainers from Regional Center of Orange County

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