The Learning Disability Foundation (www.ldfoundation.org.uk) has produced a ‘Thinking Ahead’ Guide to address concerns raised by carers about the future lives of their children when they are no longer able to take care of them. This guide offers ideas for how different people can help the parents of people with learning disabilities, 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.
The LD Foundation guide provides a clear framework to help families of people with learning disabilities to plan for the future.
They have divided the guide into distinct sections, each of which can be downloaded separately or as part of the complete Thinking Ahead Guide.
They also produced a report as part of the project, which summarises the findings of our research and offers recommendations to policy-makers, local authorities, practitioners in health and social care and families.
They also offer training based on the Thinking Ahead Guide. Download our flyer for more information (PDF).