The Arc of the United States is offering future planning training sessions for caregivers of individuals with I/DD in collaboration with NISC
On December 5, The Arc will hold trainings on future planning support for caregivers of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Phoenix, AZ. NISC will support this mission by expanding these trainings to senior center participants in these states.
What is future planning?
The National Institute of Senior Centers partnered with The Arc to provide future planning support to senior caregivers 65 years and older and their families in North Carolina and Tennessee. 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, living arrangements, finances, medical and education history, and decision-making support.
There are 600,000-700,000 families in the United States in which an adult with I/DD is living with aging family members and there is no plan for the individual’s future. Many times these families are not connected to the disability service system and do not know what options are available to them in the community. A lack of planning can disrupt the daily routine of the adult with I/DD when the primary caregiver can no longer provide support.
To help serve these families, The Arc hosted free future planning training in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. This training will help senior center professionals and qualified volunteers build the skills they need to support aging caregivers in their communities to plan for the future of their son or daughter with I/DD.
Incorporating future planning at your organization
Future planning training offered by The Arc will provide NISC staff in Arizona the skills and knowledge they need to support families to plan for the future. The trainings provide participants with resources needed to help your clients navigate the service system and initiate a future planning process.
Please contact NISC Membership Services at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in learning how you can incorporate future planning at your senior center.
To learn more about The Arc’s future planning efforts, please visit the Center for Future Planning website at futureplanning.thearc.org.