Q. I want to help prepare my son with a disability for adulthood. He see’s his older brother living the life of his dreams, and wants the same. How can I help him think about his future and plan for the supports he’ll need?
A. The “Transition to Adulthood: A Future Planning Workbook” can be a great place to start. This self-directed workbook includes four areas to gather information and plan for the future. The ‘Quality of Life’ section focuses on what currently contributes to your child’s positive life. The ‘Informal Supports’ section highlights who is a part of your network and the resources your child is currently connected to. The ‘Formal Supports’ section concentrates on any public or private agencies, and professionals who support your child. The ‘Legal and Financial Planning’ section documents which professionals support you and have space for you to document what work you’ve done. Each section also allows you the opportunity to consider what the future can look like and gives you resources for how to move forward. This workbook is for parents and caregivers. It is a great way to organize your thoughts and a perfect place to start your journey in future planning.