This course has been developed based on the "Thinking ahead: A planning guide for families" guide by the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities. The guide itself was produced in response to what people with learning disabilities, their parents and siblings have been asking for years: what is going to happen in the future, and how can we shape it?
The title ‘Thinking Ahead’ is centreed around planning for the future is the best solution to the problem – talking about it as much as possible and putting as much in place as you can whilst you have the energy and time.
The course offers ideas for how different people can help parents, and contribute to thinking and planning for the future. Parents usually need support to think ahead. Siblings and other close relatives as well as friends and neighbours bring a helpful perspective. People with learning disabilities need support to shape their future and be central to any planning. People working in local authorities and voluntary organisations have a role to play in supporting families through discussions, providing information and supporting change.
In summary, planning for the future is the responsibility of all of us. Parents have often said their hope for the future is that they will outlive their adult son or daughter, but as people with learning disabilities are living longer, this is frequently not the case. But in any event, living with fear and worry for the future shouldn’t be the way for a family to live. Planning will help put things in place to ensure that the person with learning disabilities has the best adulthood possible, even after the death of a parent.
There are nine sections that look at different aspects of thinking about and preparing for the future: The sections are:
The aim of this course is to;
This course is designed for families with an adult relative with learning disabilities who would like ideas to help them think about and plan for the future. By families we mean parents, their son or daughter with a learning disability and also siblings and other close relatives and friends. It could also be used by people outside the family who want to offer support.
Families may be at different stages of planning for the future:
This guide offers families ideas for taking small steps in planning with their relative for times ahead even if leaving home is probably a number of years away.
The course can also be useful to families if their relative has already left home but they still want to put other plans in place to make sure their future life is as good as possible. Planning for the future is often focused on older families, but younger families have told us they want support to think ahead so that they don’t have to make rushed decisions later on.Register Your Interest