Future Planning Training for Providers
IDHD staff members partnered with The Arc of the United States, an advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families, to conduct several trainings on future planning for professionals working with people with disabilities. Funded through The Retirement Research Foundation, the trainings focused on the need for aging caregivers to be equipped to work with their family members with disabilities in order to ensure a seamless transition after the caregiver becomes unable to provide care. Recent trainings have been conducted in Kentucky, North Carolina and Georgia.
Planning for the future is a daunting task, and it can be particularly overwhelming for aging caregivers who provide direct support for their sons and daughters with IDD. Surveys of caregivers show that the first step in future planning is often the most difficult, and that fear is the greatest barrier to initiating planning. Professionals including staff from the local Arc chapters are important, but underutilized, resources in successful future planning.
The trainings focused on how to promote and develop self-advocacy skills in a future planning context, covered core areas of future planning described by The Arc’s Center for Future Planning, and emphasized how professionals can identify and solve common barriers that families experience.
Participants were empowered to initiate outreach to families, use resources from The Arc’s Center on Future Planning and statespecific resources, and act on the understanding that future planning ultimately improves outcomes for people with disabilities and their families.
The Arc of the United States
- Aleksa Owen
- Tamar Heller
- Tia Nelis