Creating a Vision
Creating a vision for your family member’s future is the first and most important step to take in the planning process.
A letter of intent can provide a simple and meaningful way for you to express your thoughts, dreams and wishes for your
family member when you are no longer able to provide personal support and assistance.
Information on how to write a letter of support can be found in the books Safe and Secure
and A Good Life
PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network). PLAN has also produced a CD Rom entitled “Peace of Mind.”
All of these resources
can be ordered at www.plan.ca
. “A Family Handbook on Futures Planning” by Sharon Davis published by The Arc of the U.S.
) also provides information that would be of assistance.
Additional resources regarding person-centered planning, which can be helpful in developing a vision for the future, can be
found at Capacity Works (www.capacityworks.com
), Training Resource Network (www.trninc.com
) and Inclusion Press (www.inclusion.com
A Kentucky story illustrating the power of creating a vision for the future and then developing resources to support the vision has
been written by Jackie Marquette about her son Trent Altman who has autism. This book, as well as other planning resources, can
be ordered at www.Independencebound.com.
Trent is also an artist and his artwork (Trent’s Prints) can be seen and purchased from
this website as well.