Home of Guiding Hands

Originally funded by a grant from the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Families participating in the project will be asked to attend six workshops. Each workshop will last for two hours and addresses a specific area of the Life Planning Process. The workshops are highly interactive with materials and activities designed to spark discussion amongst the group. Each family will examine and identify their own needs in a tangible “Life Plan”. From the Life plan families can form action steps and identify services that would support them at present and in the future.

Workshop 1: WHY PLAN – GETTING STARTED

In the initial workshop families introduce themselves and discuss what plans they have in place, if any, what they think is needed, and any barriers they have experienced in the planning process. Video materials and exercises highlight the importance of life planning for the entire family. The Life Plan workbook is introduced and activities for completion between workshops are explained.

Workshop 2: BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS & SKILLS

After a brief review of the materials from Workshop 1 and activities completed at home, families discuss their current support systems. Exercises help families identify different relationships from the past and present and how they can improve or supplement them. Video materials and activities highlight the role of personal interests and goals in creating new friendships and supports.

Workshop 3:  WORK, RETIREMENT & LEISURE

Building on interests and personal attributes as identified in Workshop 2 and through home activities, families examine life goals. Is a current job or program a good match for their family member? What will happen when the person is old enough to retire? How does the entire family use leisure time? Video materials and exercises spark discussion and planning.

Workshop 4: HOUSING OPTIONS

Exercises and materials guide discussion as families identify their desired living arrangements for the future. A guest speaker from Regional Center will discuss different housing options, programs, supports, and qualifiers.

Workshop 5: LEGAL ISSUES

A guest speaker will present information on conservatorship and special needs trusts. Families have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss specific ideas raised through previous exercises and life planning materials.

Workshop 6: SETTING GOALS

In the final workshop families complete their written life plan and use cumulative materials to set concrete goals designed to make those plans a reality.  

While each workshop has value in and of itself, families are encouraged to participate in the entire series to create a more cohesive and usable plan.

Contact Wendy Smith 619-938-2876 or wendy@guidinghands.org for schedule information

The Life Planning workshops are vended through SDRC or available on a private pay basis


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