About The Arc’s Center for Future Planning
The Center for Future Planning aims to support and encourage adults with I/DD and their families to plan for the future. The Center provides reliable information and assistance to individuals with I/DD, their family members and friends, professionals who support them and other members of the community on areas such as person-centered planning, decision-making, housing options, and financial planning.
Future Planning: It’s Possible and Necessary
Future planning is important for all families. Thinking about the future can be challenging and emotional. However, experience shows that adults with I/DD make a better transition from the family home when a future plan is in place.
Some families might feel that planning is not available to them because they don’t have any money to leave to an adult son or daughter with I/DD or can’t afford a lawyer or estate planner. This is not true. There are many aspects of the planning process that aren’t related to money. It is also important that families with limited resources learn about what public benefits may be available and take steps to enroll their family member in available programs.