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Abstract Details for Future Planning 101

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