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Planning for the Future

Resources for Families ​ ​
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Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) Wills and Future Planning for Parents of People with Intellectual disability  ​
 
Information on Wills and Future Planning
Australian Government - Department of Human Services  ​
Information on Special Disability Trusts​
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs FaHCSIA (includes Disability)  (responsible for disability policy and services) Special Disability Trusts.​
A special disability trust is a way for a family to plan for the future needs of a person with severe disability. The trust is set up by parents or immediate family members to provide money for the future accommodation and care of a person with severe disability  To find out more about Special Disability Trusts contact Department of Human Services' Special Disability Trust Team by phoning 1800 734 750, for the cost of a local call except from mobile and pay phones, or emailing Department of Human Service's Special Disability Trust Team[2] at sdt.team@centrelink.gov.au
Planning for the Future Booklet - People with Disability  Produced by Australian Government - FAHCSIA (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs)
This booklet aims to assist families plan for future arrangements for the ongoing care of their family member with disability who has high support need that is positive, sustainable, flexible and fulfils the wishes of both the person with disability and their family where possible. NOTE this has not been updated since 2007 and  some of the numbers may have changed. However if you know the name of the service you can find their new number.  To get your free copy call 1300 653 227 or download from their website.​
Queensland Government People with disability - legal information - Wills and trusts.
Once you are 18 you are able to make a will. A will is a legal document that states how you want your assets (estate) dealt with when you die. It also identifies who you want to be responsible for administering your estate.
You can get free legal advice about wills from Legal Aid Queensland( http://www.legalaid.qld.gov.au/Pages/Home.aspx ) and free information and help writing a will from the Public Trustee of Queensland( http://www.pt.qld.gov.au/ ). You can also pay a private solicitor to help you write your will.
Planned Individual Networks (PIN) ​
Planned Individual Networks (PIN) Inc. is a Western Australian (Perth based) family based non-profit group  supporting families to develop a plan for a safe, secure and good life for their family member with a disability both now and into the future.   PIN assists families create a 'Network' of support around their relative with a disability to enable them to continue living the life they choose in a safe and secure environment when key family support is no longer available. Contact PIN (08) 9277 1252 or email  reception@pin.org.au. Resources -  SAFE AND SECURE: Six Steps to creating a good life for people with disabilities (by Al Etmanski) (Western Australian Edition). (Topics includes:  clarifying your vision, preparing for decision making, developing your will and estate planning). The book includes easy to use worksheets  (cost approx. $35 + postage).
Planned lifetime Advocacy Network - PLAN Canadian  ​
PLAN is a Canada-wide and International organization, providing a model for over 40 family-led organizations. This site is specific to Canadian families (though many will find it informational and inspiring).  Two bestselling publications written by Al Etmanski: A Good Life and Safe and Secure explore concepts of A Good Life in detail and offering hands-on planning guidance and worksheets.
Last Modified: 21/05/2013 3:43 PM