Center for Future Planning

Primary Practice

On-line information and interactive future planning tool


The Arc’s Center for Future Planning aims to support and encourage adults with I/DD and their families to plan for the future, particularly aging caregivers of adults with I/DD. The Center provides reliable information and practical assistance to individuals with I/DD, their family members and friends, professionals who support them and other members of the community on areas such as person-centered planning, decision-making, housing options, and financial planning. The Arc’s Center for Future Planning hosts an interactive and user-friendly tool (Build Your Plan®) designed to assist families with building a plan for the future.

Target Population(s)

Individuals with I/DD and their families


The goal of this project is to support aging caregivers of adults with I/DD to plan for the future of their adult son or daughter with I/DD. Objectives are to provide families with information, resources, and practical assistance in person-centered planning; guardianship and supported decision-making; housing and residential options and supports; special needs trust and representative payee services; financial planning; and personal care and independent living supports.


In 2014, The Arc was awarded a grant from the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust to develop a National Center on Future Planning for families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The Center for Future Planning website was launched on December 1, 2015. Since that time, 10,225 unique users have visited the website. Each week, there is about 239 unique visitors to the site, each stay for an average of 2 minutes and 50 seconds. The Build Your Plan® tool was launched on December 2015. Between then and 10/23/2016, 488 accounts were created. That is about 15 sign-ins to accounts each week. Of the 488 accounts, 311 are parents, 45 siblings, 35 people with I/DD, 28 other family and friends, and 66 professionals.

Evidence of Outcomes

New Idea/Novel Approach
No formal research has been conducted on outcomes.

Additional Information

Center for Future Planning website: