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Five-session future planning workshop for adults with developmental disabilities starts Feb. 8

There are so many unknowns during the life of a developmentally disabled person and reaching adulthood raises even more questions for parents. Would it be in the best interest of our child to live outside the home? Is there a social network for our child when he/she completes school? How important is a conservatorship? Are there job opportunities for our child?

The Future is Now: A Future Planning Workshop for Families and Their Adult Relatives with Developmental Disabilities is a workshop hosted by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. The curriculum of five 2.5-hour sessions is designed to help families draft a Letter of Intent to clarify their expectations for the future, build relationships and identify potential supports.

Open to adults with a disability, their parents, siblings and caregivers, the sessions will begin Monday, February 8 and be held Feb. 15, 22 and March 1 and 15. Each session starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. The workshops are held in Room 241 of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/MRL Building.

Discussions will center around:

  • Purpose and benefits of future planning
  • Building relationships and identifying supports
  • Understanding housing options
  • Work, leisure and retirement
  • Legal, financial and guardianship information
  • Self advocacy and community involvement

The workshop fee is $75 per family and is limited to 12 families. For more information and to register, contact Carol Rabideau, LCSW, at carol.rabideau@vanderbilt.edu or call 615-936-5122. 

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