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Future Planning:
It’s Possible and Necessary
Thinking about a child's future after their parent is gone is hard for most people. For the parents of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD), the topic can be so daunting that it can feel impossible to broach. The result? Families all over the country shelve this conversation as long as possible. But the COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark reminder that planning can't wait.

Future planning is creating a guide for a person with I/DD to lead a good life as independently as possible. Planning for the future—after a parent or caregiver is no longer able to provide support—is important and possible for all families.

Do you know what a future plan looks like?
The Arc's Center for Future Planning offers free resources to help self-advocates, families, professionals, and others tackle all aspects of future planning, including housing, finances, employment, support services, and more.

As you start to think about what a plan might look like or how you can help others plan, we encourage you to explore the following resources:

When you're ready to start building a plan , use our free tool , which will guide you through each step of the process.
For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.