February 07, 2015

Center for Future Planning Encourages Adults with I/DD and Families to Plan Ahead

The Arc has created the Center for Future Planning to support and encourage adults with I/DD and their families to plan for the future. The Center's website, futureplanning.thearc.org, provides reliable information and practical assistance to families and individuals with I/DD on areas such as person-centered planning, decision-making, housing options, financial planning, employment and daily activities, and making social connections.

In addition, the website provides information to family members, friends, and professionals that support individuals with I/DD. The website also features stories of people and families who have created future plans or who are in the planning process. These stories illustrate the challenges in planning such as starting the conversation with a caregiver who isn't ready to plan and identifying daily living support. The stories highlight that although planning can be difficult, it's possible and necessary.

The Center also offers webinars (which are archived) for chapters of The Arc and other professionals who support people with I/DD to help them learn how to assist families in the future planning process.