Future Planning

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Future Planning is creating a guide for a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD) to lead a good life as independently as possible. A plan is important throughout all stages of life and especially in the future after the parent or caregiver is no longer able to provide support.

A person-centered future plan should reflect the wishes of the person with I/DD, as well as his or her parents, siblings, extended family members and friends, and other important people in his or her life. The plan should include information about all aspects of a person’s life including:

  • Daily routines, needs and supports
  • Living arrangements
  • Finances, including the family and person’s public benefits, assets, incomes, trusts, insurance policies
  • Doctors’ contact information and information about the person’s medical history (including any medications and food allergies)
  • Decision-making support
  • Education history
  • Details about the person’s employment, leisure activities, religious beliefs, behaviors, interests, friendships, and other important relationships