The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities (TCDD) issued a Request for Applications (RFA) for a project to promote planning for family support and financial security across the life span (RFA 2020-16). Through this grant, one organization will develop a project to increase the number of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who have family support and financial plans in place. While individuals and/or their caregivers age, effective planning will ensure funds, services, and/or supports are available and flexible enough to allow adults with IDD to remain in their homes and in the community, and to exercise control over their own lives.
Planning for families headed by aging caregivers of individuals with IDD can be challenging and complicated. Many traditional retirement and financial planning practices could unintentionally result in children with IDD losing eligibility for benefits, losing protections and supports, and facing unnecessary admission to residential settings when their parents are no longer able to provide care. Many families are not having needed conversations about their futures or are unaware of the strategies to effectively plan for future support or the financial situations that could develop as caregivers and/or individuals with IDD age.
About the RFA
The purpose of this project is to increase awareness among people with IDD who are aging and their family caregivers on the importance of actively planning for their future needs. Through the project, more adults with IDD will have family support and financial plans in place. While individuals and/or their caregivers age, plans will ensure funds, services, and supports are available and flexible enough to allow adults with IDD to remain in their homes and in the community, and to exercise control over their own lives.
This project will include community-based education and outreach using and building on existing models and best practices in seminars, presentations, and trainings. Training audiences could include:
- Individuals and family members
- Case managers
- Service providers
- Legal professionals
Trainings may be developed and existing tools may be shared so family members and caregivers can implement individualized financial planning strategies for individuals with IDD. Also, trainings may be developed or shared with service providers and other professionals to increase support for individuals and families to plan for future financial and support needs.
The funding amount for this RFA is $100,000 for up to two years. Funding is available for up to one project.