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Planning Guide

Planning for the future will help you get the most out of your Individualized Funding. Use this Planning Guide to identify important steps to take as you plan for different stages in your life. It will give you lists of things to consider doing and information on where you can find funding, supports and services to help you reach your goals. Remember, you do not have to do everything at once.

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This section provides you with “things to consider doing” before you make plans, get money, or find support.

Getting Started

This section provides you with “things to consider doing” to help plan your future.

Planning

This section provides you with “things to consider doing” to help you find and build supports you may need in your community or at school.

Getting Support

This section is designed to help you find funding and benefits that you may be eligible for.

Getting and Saving Money
Things to Consider

Kerry’s Place Children’s Respite Flexible Funding

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Region: York Region, Simcoe, Durham Region, Haliburton, Kawartha & Pine Ridge
Age: Children, 18 and under
Disability: Autism Spectrum Disorder

This fund helps to pay for respite, camps, and community events and classes. It is a reimbursement program, which means that you pay for what you need and keep your receipts, and the organization will pay you back.

Autism Ontario March Break Reimbursement Fund

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Region: Ontario
Age: Children, 18 and under
Disability: Autism Spectrum Disorder

You can get up to $350 to help pay for supports over March Break, either at a camp or in the community. It is a reimbursement program, which means that you pay for what you need and keep your receipts, and the organization will pay you back.

Learn about Budgeting

A budget is a plan for how you spend your money. Your budget can include all your money such as your funding, pay you get from working, or money you get from other places. You can make your budget for each week, each month, or for the year. You should review your budget often to make sure you are not spending more money than you have.

You might need help making your budget. Here are some people who could help:

  • Parent or other family member
  • Legal Guardian
  • A support worker
  • Your Public Guardian Trustee

Resources

Money Matters is a tool for learning how to budget your money and can be found on the ConnectAbility website. This website has resources, information for building life skills and connects you with your community.

MyDirectPlan is an online planning tool to manage your individualized funding.

A budget is a plan for how you spend your money. Your budget can include all your money such as your funding, pay you get from working, or money you get from other places. You can make your budget for each week, each month, or for the year. You should review your budget often to make sure you are not spending more money than you have.

You might need help making your budget. Here are some people who could help:

  • Parent or other family member
  • Legal Guardian
  • A support worker
  • Your Public Guardian Trustee

Resources

Money Matters is a tool for learning how to budget your money and can be found on the ConnectAbility website. This website has resources, information for building life skills and connects you with your community.

MyDirectPlan is an online planning tool to manage your individualized funding.

A budget is a plan for how you spend your money. Your budget can include all your money such as your funding, pay you get from working, or money you get from other places. You can make your budget for each week, each month, or for the year. You should review your budget often to make sure you are not spending more money than you have.

You might need help making your budget. Here are some people who could help:

  • Parent or other family member
  • Legal Guardian
  • A support worker
  • Your Public Guardian Trustee

Resources

Money Matters is a tool for learning how to budget your money and can be found on the ConnectAbility website. This website has resources, information for building life skills and connects you with your community.

MyDirectPlan is an online planning tool to manage your individualized funding.

A budget is a plan for how you spend your money. Your budget can include all your money such as your funding, pay you get from working, or money you get from other places. You can make your budget for each week, each month, or for the year. You should review your budget often to make sure you are not spending more money than you have.

You might need help making your budget. Here are some people who could help:

  • Parent or other family member
  • Legal Guardian
  • A support worker
  • Your Public Guardian Trustee

Resources

Money Matters is a tool for learning how to budget your money and can be found on the ConnectAbility website. This website has resources, information for building life skills and connects you with your community.

MyDirectPlan is an online planning tool to manage your individualized funding.

A budget is a plan for how you spend your money. Your budget can include all your money such as your funding, pay you get from working, or money you get from other places. You can make your budget for each week, each month, or for the year. You should review your budget often to make sure you are not spending more money than you have.

You might need help making your budget. Here are some people who could help:

  • Parent or other family member
  • Legal Guardian
  • A support worker
  • Your Public Guardian Trustee

Resources

Money Matters is a tool for learning how to budget your money and can be found on the ConnectAbility website. This website has resources, information for building life skills and connects you with your community.

MyDirectPlan is an online planning tool to manage your individualized funding.

A budget is a plan for how you spend your money. Your budget can include all your money such as your funding, pay you get from working, or money you get from other places. You can make your budget for each week, each month, or for the year. You should review your budget often to make sure you are not spending more money than you have.

You might need help making your budget. Here are some people who could help:

  • Parent or other family member
  • Legal Guardian
  • A support worker
  • Your Public Guardian Trustee

Resources

Money Matters is a tool for learning how to budget your money and can be found on the ConnectAbility website. This website has resources, information for building life skills and connects you with your community.

MyDirectPlan is an online planning tool to manage your individualized funding.

A budget is a plan for how you spend your money. Your budget can include all your money such as your funding, pay you get from working, or money you get from other places. You can make your budget for each week, each month, or for the year. You should review your budget often to make sure you are not spending more money than you have.

You might need help making your budget. Here are some people who could help:

  • Parent or other family member
  • Legal Guardian
  • A support worker
  • Your Public Guardian Trustee

Resources

Money Matters is a tool for learning how to budget your money and can be found on the ConnectAbility website. This website has resources, information for building life skills and connects you with your community.

MyDirectPlan is an online planning tool to manage your individualized funding.

Special Services at Home (SSAH)

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Region: Ontario
Ages: under 18

This program helps families care for children with developmental and/or physical disabilities in their own home and community. This funding comes from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Passport Funding

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Region: Ontario
Age: over 18

Passport Funding is an Ontario Government program that provides funding to adults with a developmental disability. Passport provides funding for services and supports in your community. Contact your local DSO to apply.

Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

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Region: Ontario
Age: over 18

ODSP income support is an Ontario Government program that helps people with disabilities pay for things like food and housing, as well as provides drug coverage and vision care.

Assistance for Children with Severe Disabilities

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Region: Ontario
Ages: under 18

This funding provides financial support for low-to-moderate income families caring for a child with a severe disability. This funding comes from the  Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.

Autism Ontario One-to-One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund

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Region: Ontario
Age: Children, 18 and under
Disability: Autism Spectrum Disorder

You can get up to $600 to pay for supports during a summer camp or summer program. It is a reimbursement program, which means that you pay for what you need and keep your receipts, and the organization will pay you back.

Plan for getting older

  • Start planning for how you can best use the adult health and social services available to you. It is important be prepared and plan ahead.

For parents and caregivers

  • As parents and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities age, your planning needs to change. Some issues that become more important as parents age include financial security and social supports for their loved one after parents/supporters pass away, as well as housing needs.

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For parents and caregivers

  • As you get older you may notice changes with your health and support needs. Make a plan ahead of time so that you can prepare for changes.
  • It is important to keep track of any changes in your health and support needs.
  • You can have someone help you keep track of your healthcare appointments and assessments.
  • One important thing that people with developmental disabilities should screen for is dementia.
  • You can have someone who cares for you start checking you when you turn 50 years old.
  • Depending on the developmental disability that you have you may need to start checking for signs of dementia when you turn 40 years old. One example is Down Syndrome.

For parents and caregivers

  • As parents and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities age, your planning needs to change. Some issues that become more important as parents age include financial security and social supports for their loved one after parents/supporters pass away, as well as housing needs.

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For parents and caregivers 

Plan for adult services

  • Start planning for your transition into adult health and social services. It is important be prepared and plan ahead.

For you parents and caregivers 

  • As parents and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities age, your planning needs to change. Some issues that become more important as parents age include financial security and social supports for their loved one after parents/supporters pass away, as well as housing needs.

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Resources for parents and caregivers 

  • Start planning for your transition into adult health and social services. It is important be prepared and plan ahead.

For your parents and caregivers

  • As you grow older, the planning needs for you and your child change. Some issues that become more important include financial security, housing security and social supports for your loved one after you are no longer able to support their needs.

Suggested Resources

For parents and caregivers

Save for the Future

  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). A RDSP can help you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.

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  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). A RDSP can help you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.

Suggested Resources

  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • A RDSP can help you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.

Suggested Resources

  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • A RDSP can help you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.

Suggested Resources

Support for Parents and Caregivers

  • There are many resources in Ontario that help to connect caregivers with support, but many caregivers do not know they exist or may find them hard to use.

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  • There are many resources in Ontario that help to connect caregivers with support. These supports may include respite, support groups and support in your home.

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  • There are many resources in Ontario that help to connect caregivers with support. These supports may include respite, support groups and support in your home.

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  • There are many resources in Ontario that help to connect caregivers with support. These supports may include respite, support groups and support in your home.

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  • There are many resources in Ontario that help to connect caregivers with support. These supports may include respite, support groups and support in your home.

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  • There are many resources in Ontario that help to connect caregivers with support. These supports may include respite, support groups and support in your home.

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  • There are many resources in Ontario that help to connect caregivers with support. These supports may include respite, support groups and support in your home.

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Dream Serenade Family Relief Fund

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Region: Toronto
Age: Children, 18 and under

This fund can pay for up to $200 in respite care for families in Toronto.  Child must be enrolled in a Toronto District School Board (TDSB) school and any principal, teacher, or professional support services staff member can apply on behalf of students and their families.

March of Dimes Home and Vehicle Modification Program

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Region: Ontario
Age: All Ages 
Disability: Mobility

This program is for people and families who have significant mobility impairments that impact their functioning for longer than one year. This program is intended to provide funding for basic home and/or vehicle modifications to help with the mobility issues.

Georgina Cares

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Region: Town of Georgina, Ontario  
Age: Children, 15 and under 

Families without much money (low income) can get up to $500 for each child, each year to help pay for programs in the community. The child does not need to have a disability to get this money but must reside in the Town of Georgina.

Jordan’s Principle

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Region: Ontario
Age: First Nations children under 18

Jordan’s Principle helps First Nations families living anywhere across Ontario to pay for health, social and education supports.

Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity

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Region: Ontario  
Age: Children, 18 and under 

This charity gives money to families of children with disabilities and who are having a very hard time (in crisis). This money can be used to pay rent or bills, or it can pay for respite or wellness programs.

Easter Seals Incontinence Grant

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Region: Ontario  
Age: Children, age 3 – 18 

This grant gives you up to $900 each year to pay for incontinence supplies like diapers, Attends, Swimmers, or foley catheters.  You only need to apply once and if your needs don’t change then you get a cheque every 6 months until the child turns 18.

Ceridian Cares

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Region: Canada
Age: All Ages 

This program gives money to people in need (low income) to help pay for food, clothing, shoes and household items. You do not need to have a disability to get this money.

Ability Gives

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Region: Ontario
Age: Children, 18 and under

This money is given for children who need special equipment like therapy bikes, lifts, walkers and splints. You can only get this money if you are a member of Ability Online.

Ottawa Hand in Hand Funding

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Region: Ottawa
Age: All Ages 

This program, from the City of Ottawa, helps people to pay for programs in their community. You may be eligible to receive up to $175 per person every year.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy – Activity Funding Program

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Region: Ontario  
Age: All Ages 
Disability: Cerebral Palsy 

This money is used to help people with Cerebral Palsy to do things in their community. To get this benefit you must be a member of the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy – Life Enriching Ability Fund

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Region: Ontario
Age: All Ages
Disability: Cerebral Palsy 

This program helps pay for things that people need so that they can do things that make them happy.  To get this benefit you need to be a member of the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy – Assistive Devices Funding Program

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Region: Ontario  
Age: All Ages 
Disability: Cerebral Palsy 

This program pays for special equipment for people with Cerebral Palsy. The money pays directly for the equipment, it does not go to the family. To get this benefit you need to be a member of the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy.

Labatt Better Together

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Region: Canada  
Age: All Ages 

This program helps families who do not have much money (low income) to pay for things like clothing, food, medical equipment and different types of therapy. The money that families may receive goes directly to the store or service provider.

Give a Miracle a Chance

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Region: Ontario
Age: Children, 18 and under
Disability: Cerebral Palsy

Give A Miracle a Chance is a charity that pays for camps and treatment programs for children with Cerebral Palsy and whose families do not have much money (low to middle income). 

Easter Seals Financial Assistance

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Region: Ontario  
Age: Children, 19 and under 

You can get up to $3000 to help pay for specialized equipment for children and youth with a physical disability that restricts independent mobility and has an impact on performing daily living activities. This money goes right to the store to pay for the equipment.

Disability Travel Card

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Region: Canada  
Age: Depends on which company you are traveling with 

This card lets you get a less expensive ticket for your support person when you take VIA rail, Greyhound Canada, or Coach Canada.

Canadian Tire Jump Start

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Region: Ontario
Age: Children ages 4 – 18

This program pays for sports and community programs for children whose families do not have much money (low income). This money goes straight to the organization running the program.

Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Family Managed Home Care

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Region: Ontario 
Age: All Ages

Family-Managed Home Care is a new program through the LHIN that lets families manage money that they can use to buy supports in their home for a person with a disability. This program is run through the LHIN system, so you will need to call your local LHIN for more information.

Access2Entertainment

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Region: Canada
Age: All Ages  

The Access2Entertainment card lets you get a free ticket for a support person when you go to specific places for entertainment (like the movies, climbing gyms, or museums). You will have to pay a small fee to purchase your card and it does expire so you will need to renew the card. There will be an expiry date on the card.

Make sure you have government identification

  • If you do not have these things already, get your
    • Ontario Photo Card
    • Health Card
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is important. You need it:
    • To work
    • To pay your taxes
    • To be eligible for the Registered Disability Savings Plan

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Find education after high school, if applicable

  • After high school some people start volunteering or working and other people stay in school and go to college.
  • Some college programs get you ready for different jobs and others can teach you life skills.
  • Your high school guidance counsellor can help you figure out which program might be best for you, or you can call colleges in your area to find out more.

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  • After high school some people start volunteering or working and other people stay in school and go to college.
  • Some college programs get you ready for different jobs and others can teach you life skills.
  • Your high school guidance counsellor can help you figure out which program might be best for you, or you can call colleges in your area to find out more.

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  • After high school some people start volunteering or working and other people stay in school and go to college.
  • Some college programs get you ready for different jobs and others can teach you life skills.
  • Your high school guidance counsellor can help you figure out which program might be best for you, or you can call colleges in your area to find out more.

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Plan for life changes

  • Start planning for your transition into adult health and social services. It is important be prepared and plan ahead.

For parents and caregivers

  • As parents and caregivers of people with developmental disabilities age, your planning needs to change. Some issues that become more important as parents age include financial security and social supports for their loved one after parents/supporters pass away, as well as housing needs.

Suggested Resources

Resources for parents and caregivers

  • Start planning for how you can best use the adult health and social services available to you. It is important be prepared and plan ahead.

For your parent/caregiver

  • As you grow older, the planning needs for you and your child change. Some issues that become more important include financial security, housing security and social supports for your loved one after you are no longer able to provide these needs.

Resources for your parent/caregiver

Save for the future

  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). A RDSP helps you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.

Suggested Resources

  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). A RDSP can help you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.

Suggested Resources

  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • A RDSP can help you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.

Suggested Resources

  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP).
  • A RDSP can help you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.

Suggested Resources

Open a bank account

  • Having a bank account is important for budgeting, paying bills and saving.
  • A chequing account is good for budgeting and paying bills and a savings account is good for putting money aside.
  • You can open a bank account for yourself. You can ask someone you trust to help you.
  • Some people might open a joint bank account with a parent or a legal guardian.
  • Any individual who is a member of the joint account can withdraw from the account and deposit to it.

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  • Having a bank account is important for budgeting, paying bills and saving.
  • A chequing account is good for budgeting and paying bills and a savings account is good for putting money aside.
  • You can open a bank account for yourself. You can ask someone you trust to help you.
  • Some people might open a joint bank account with a parent or a legal guardian.
  • Any individual who is a member of the joint account can withdraw from the account and deposit to it.

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  • Having a bank account is important for budgeting, paying bills and saving.
  • A chequing account is good for budgeting and paying bills and a savings account is good for putting money aside.
  • You can open a bank account for yourself. You can ask someone you trust to help you.
  • Some people might open a joint bank account with a parent or a legal guardian.
  • Any individual who is a member of the joint account can withdraw from the account and deposit to it.

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  • Having a bank account is important for budgeting, paying bills and saving.
  • A chequing account is good for budgeting and paying bills and a savings account is good for putting money aside.
  • You can open a bank account for yourself. You can ask someone you trust to help you.
  • Some people might open a joint bank account with a parent or a legal guardian.
  • Any individual who is a member of the joint account can withdraw from the account and deposit to it.

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Employment

  • A job will help you to learn skills, earn money and meet new people.
  • Having a job in high school increases your chances of getting a job after high school.

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  • A job will help you to learn skills, earn money and meet new people.
  • Having a job in high school increases your chances of getting a job after high school.

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  • A job will help you to learn skills, earn money and meet new people.
  • Having a job in high school increases your chances of getting a job after high school.

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  • A job will help you to learn skills, earn money and meet new people.
  • You can get a job yourself or you can get help from a program.

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  • Employment Ontario can help you get training, build skills, or find a job.
  • ODSP employment supports can help you find or keep a job. You do not have to be receiving income support from ODSP to be eligible for employment supports.
  • Partners for Planning has a video that shares someone’s experience with having a job.
  • ConnectABILITY has information on employment.
  • Did you know? When you are 50 years of age or older, there are many opportunities to receive senior discounts on anything from movie tickets, meals, or drugstore purchases. All you have to do is ask before you buy something and have your photo identification with you.

Build a circle of support

  • A circle of support can help you make decisions, have your voice be heard and help you get involved in your community.

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  • A circle of support can help you make decisions, have your voice be heard and help you get involved in your community.

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  • A circle of support can help you make decisions, have your voice be heard and help you get involved in your community.

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  • Partners for Planning has created a resource that will help families connect with a Family Support Network in their community. There is also a guide to making friendships with supportive people.
  • Inclusion Press is a website that has many planning resources to help you build a circle of support.

Plan for getting older

  • Start preparing for how to access adult health and social services available to you. It is important be prepared and plan ahead.

For parents and caregivers

  • As you grow older, the planning needs for you and your child change. Some issues that become more important include financial security, housing security and social supports for your loved one after you are no longer able to support their needs.

Suggested Resources

Resources for parents and caregivers

  • Start preparing for how to access adult health and social services available to you. It is important be prepared and plan ahead.

For parents and caregivers

  • As you grow older, the planning needs for you and your child change. Some issues that become more important include financial security, housing security and social supports for your loved one after you are no longer able to support their needs.

Suggested Resources

Resources for parents and caregivers

Get government identification

  • Everyone needs identification and it is important to get it as early as possible.
  • You will need your Ontario Photo Card and health card for many things.
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is important. You need it:
    • To work
    • To pay your taxes
    • To be eligible for the Registered Disability Savings Plan

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  • Everyone needs identification and it is important to get it as early as possible.
  • You will need your Ontario Photo Card and health card for many things.
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is important. You need it:
    • To work
    • To pay your taxes
    • To be eligible for the Registered Disability Savings Plan

Suggested Resources

  • Everyone needs identification and it is important to get it as early as possible.
  • You will need your Ontario Photo Card and health card for many things.
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is important. You need it:
    • To work
    • To pay your taxes
    • To be eligible for the Registered Disability Savings Plan

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Learn about housing options

  • As you get older you may want more independence.
  • Part of being more independent is thinking about where you want to live and who you want to live with.
  • It is important to learn about different housing options that suit your needs.

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  • As you get older you may want more independence.
  • Part of being more independent is thinking about where you want to live, and who you want to live with.
  • It is important to learn about different housing options that suit your needs.

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  • As you get older you may want more independence.
  • Part of being more independent is thinking about where you want to live, and who you want to live with.
  • It is important to learn about different housing options that suit your needs.

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  • As you get older your needs may change in the home you live in.
  • You may need a home that is easy for you to get around in. This may be a home that does not have a lot of stairs or has a walk-in shower.
  • It is important to learn about different housing options that suit your needs.

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Begin planning for transition into adult services

As your child ages, they will be expected to transition from children and youth health and social services to the adult health and community and social services system when they are 18 years old. Many supports and services look differently for adults, it is important to be prepared for this change.

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Plan for high school

  • Planning ahead can help get your child and school prepared for this transition.
  • This is often called “Transition Planning.”

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Prepare your child for employment

  • Volunteering through high school is a good way to build skills towards employment and meet new people.
  • Gaining employment experience while in high school may be beneficial for when your child transitions into adulthood.
  • Learn about Employment Supports to help your child prepare for employment.

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Work with your child’s school to provide supports in the classroom

  • Your child’s school can help you figure out what support your child may need in the classroom. Ask about Special Education options.
  • You can begin this process by speaking with a teacher or school principal.

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  • Your child’s school can help you figure out what support your child may need in the classroom. Ask about Special Education options.

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Find services in your community

  • Agencies in your community may have services for you and your family.
  • You may have to pay for these services. Others could be free.

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  • Connectability is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families. There is a resource directory listing resources and supports for children and adults.
  • EarlyOn Centres offer programs to families and children across Ontario from birth to six years old.
  • MyCommunityHub is an online registration space for activities, classes, programs, workshops, respite and camps offered across Ontario. There are resources on here for you and your child.
  • Agencies in your community may have services for you and your family.
  • You may have to pay for these services. Others could be free.

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  • ConnectABILTY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families. There is a resource directory listing resources and supports for children and adults.
  • EarlyOn Centres offer programs to families and children across Ontario from birth to six years old.
  • MyCommunityHub is an online registration space for activities, classes, programs, workshops, respite and camps offered across Ontario. There are resources on here for you and your child.
  • Agencies in your community may have services for you and your family.
  • You may have to pay for these services. Others could be free.

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  • ConnectABILITY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families.  There is a resource directory listing resources and supports for children and adults.
  • EarlyOn Centres offer programs to families and children across Ontario from birth to six years old.
  • MyCommunityHub is an online registration space for activities, classes, programs, workshops, respite and camps offered across Ontario. There are resources on here for you and your caregivers.
  • Agencies in your community may have services for you and your family.
  • You may have to pay for these services. Others could be free.

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  • Agencies in your community may have services for you and your family.
  • You may have to pay for these services. Others could be free.

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  • Agencies in your community may have services for you and your family.
  • You may have to pay for these services. Others could be free.

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  • Agencies in your community may have services for you.
  • You may have to pay for these services. Others could be free.

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Connect with your community

  • Getting involved in community programs and activities may help you and your child build relationships and a circle of support.
  • Some ways to get involved are through local community centres, public libraries and the YMCA.

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  • The YMCA is a charity that supports people of all ages and abilities to join in, give back, and gain the connections, skills and confidence they need to thrive. It provides financial assistance to families who are not able to afford program fees.
  • Partners for Planning has created a resource that will help families connect with a Family Support Network in their community. There is also a Guide to making friendships with supportive people.
  • ConnectABILITY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families where you can find a resource directory listing resources and supports.
  • Libraries across Ontario have free programs for people of all ages who are interested in different things. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has a list of public libraries in Ontario.
  • There may be free activities in your community, you can call 211 for this information.
  • Local community papers may also include information for upcoming events, be sure to check them out.
  • Getting involved in community programs and activities may help you and your child build relationships and a circle of support.
  • Some ways to get involved are through local community centres, public libraries and the YMCA.

Suggested Resources

  • The YMCA is a charity that supports people of all ages and abilities to join in, give back, and gain the connections, skills and confidence they need to thrive. It provides financial assistance to families who are not able to afford program fees.
  • Partners for Planning has created a resource that will help families connect with a Family Support Network in their community. There is also a Guide to making friendships with supportive people.
  • ConnectABILITY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families where you can find a resource directory listing resources and supports.
  • Libraries across Ontario have free programs for people of all ages who are interested in different things. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has a list of public libraries in Ontario.
  • There may be free activities in your community, you can call 211 for this information.
  • Local community papers may also include information for upcoming events, be sure to check them out.
  • Getting involved in community programs and activities may help you and your child build relationships and a circle of support.
  • Some ways to get involved are through local community centres, public libraries and the YMCA.

Suggested Resources

  • The YMCA is a charity that supports people of all ages and abilities to join in, give back, and gain the connections, skills and confidence they need to thrive. It provides financial assistance to families who are not able to afford program fees.
  • Partners for Planning has created a resource that will help families connect with a Family Support Network in their community. There is also a Guide to making friendships with supportive people.
  • ConnectABILITY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families where you can find a resource directory listing resources and supports.
  • Libraries across Ontario have free programs for people of all ages who are interested in different things. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has a list of public libraries in Ontario.
  • There may be free activities in your community, you can call 211 for this information.
  • Local community papers may also include information for upcoming events, be sure to check them out.
  • Getting involved in community programs and activities may help you and your child build relationships and a circle of support.
  • Some ways to get involved are through local community centres, public libraries and the YMCA.

Suggested Resources

  • The YMCA is a charity that supports people of all ages and abilities to join in, give back, and gain the connections, skills and confidence they need to thrive. It provides financial assistance to families who are not able to afford program fees.
  • Partners for Planning has created a resource that will help families connect with a Family Support Network in their community. There is also a Guide to making friendships with supportive people.
  • ConnectABILITY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families where you can find a resource directory listing resources and supports.
  • Libraries across Ontario have free programs for people of all ages who are interested in different things. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has a list of public libraries in Ontario.
  • There may be free activities in your community, you can call 211 for this information.
  • Local community papers may also include information for upcoming events, be sure to check them out.
  • Getting involved in community programs and activities may help you and your child build relationships and a circle of support.
  • Some ways to get involved are through local community centres, public libraries and the YMCA.

Suggested Resources

  • The YMCA is a charity that supports people of all ages and abilities to join in, give back, and gain the connections, skills and confidence they need to thrive. It provides financial assistance to families who are not able to afford program fees.
  • Partners for Planning has created a resource that will help families connect with a Family Support Network in their community. There is also a Guide to making friendships with supportive people.
  • ConnectABILITY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families where you can find a resource directory listing resources and supports.
  • Libraries across Ontario have free programs for people of all ages who are interested in different things. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has a list of public libraries in Ontario.
  • There may be free activities in your community, you can call 211 for this information.
  • Local community papers may also include information for upcoming events, be sure to check them out.
  • Getting involved in community programs and activities may help you and your child build relationships and a circle of support.
  • Some ways to get involved are through local community centres, public libraries and the YMCA.

Suggested Resources

  • The YMCA is a charity that supports people of all ages and abilities to join in, give back, and gain the connections, skills and confidence they need to thrive. It provides financial assistance to families who are not able to afford program fees.
  • Partners for Planning has created a resource that will help families connect with a Family Support Network in their community. There is also a Guide to making friendships with supportive people.
  • ConnectABILITY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families where you can find a resource directory listing resources and supports.
  • Libraries across Ontario have free programs for people of all ages who are interested in different things. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has a list of public libraries in Ontario.
  • There may be free activities in your community, you can call 211 for this information.
  • Local community papers may also include information for upcoming events, be sure to check them out.
  • Getting involved in community programs and activities may help you and your child build relationships and a circle of support.
  • Some ways to get involved are through local community centres, public libraries and the YMCA.

Suggested Resources

  • The Government of Ontario  has a page where you can find  Seniors Active Living Centres throughout Ontario that offer programs catered specifically to older adults.
  • The YMCA is a charity that supports people of all ages and abilities to join in, give back, and gain the connections, skills and confidence they need to thrive. It provides financial assistance to families who are not able to afford program fees.
  • Partners for Planning has created a resource that will help families connect with a Family Support Network in their community. There is also a Guide to making friendships with supportive people.
  • ConnectABILITY is a website for people with developmental disabilities and their families where you can find a resource directory listing resources and supports.
  • Libraries across Ontario have free programs for people of all ages who are interested in different things. The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has a list of public libraries in Ontario.
  • There may be free activities in your community, you can call 211 for this information.
  • Local community papers may also include information for upcoming events, be sure to check them out.

Build a circle of support for you and your child

  • A circle of support can help you make decisions, have your voice be heard, and help you and your child get involved in your community.

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  • A circle of support can help you make decisions, have your voice be heard, and help you and your child get involved in your community.

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  • A circle of support can help you make decisions, have your voice be heard, and help you and your child get involved in your community.

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  • A circle of support can help you make decisions, have your voice be heard, and help you and your child get involved in your community.

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Save for your child’s future

  • Consider opening a savings account for your child.
  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan which may help you save for your child’s future.

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  • Consider opening a savings account for your child.
  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan which may help you save for your child’s future.

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  • Consider opening a savings account for your child.
  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan which may help you save for your child’s future.

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Apply for credits and benefits when you file your taxes

  • If you have a disability, or a child with a disability, you may be eligible for certain tax breaks.
  • Check if your child is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.
  • If you are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit you may also be eligible for other programs such as the Child Disability Benefit.

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  • If you have a disability, or a child with a disability, you may be eligible for certain tax breaks.
  • Check if your child is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit.
  • If you are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit you may also be eligible for other programs such as the Child Disability Benefit.

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  • If you have a disability, or a child with a disability, you may be eligible for certain tax breaks.
  • Check if your child is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit
  • If you are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit you may also be eligible for other programs such as the Child Disability Benefit.

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  • If you have a disability you may be eligible for certain tax breaks such as the Disability Tax Credit or Medical Expense Tax Credit.
  • You can ask someone in your circle of support to help you with your taxes.

For parents or caregivers

  • If you have a child with a disability, check if you are eligible for tax breaks.
  • If your child is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, you may also be eligible for other programs such as the Medical Expense Tax Credit or Child Disability Benefit.

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  • If you have a disability you may be eligible for certain tax breaks such as the Disability Tax Credit or Medical Expense Tax Credit.
  • You can ask someone in your circle of support to help you with your taxes.

For parents or caregivers

  • If you have a child with a disability, check if you are eligible for tax breaks.
  • If your child is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, you may also be eligible for other programs such as the Medical Expense Tax Credit or Child Disability Benefit.

Suggested Resources

  • If you have a disability you may be eligible for certain tax breaks such as the Disability Tax Credit or Medical Expense Tax Credit.
  • You can ask someone in your circle of support to help you with your taxes.

For parents or caregivers

  • If you have a child with a disability, check if you are eligible for tax breaks.
  • If your child is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, you may also be eligible for other programs such as the Medical Expense Tax Credit or Child Disability Benefit.

Suggested Resources

  • If you have a disability you may be eligible for certain tax breaks such as the Disability Tax Credit or Medical Expense Tax Credit.
  • You can ask someone in your circle of support to help you with your taxes.

For parents or caregivers

  • If you have a child with a disability check if you are eligible for tax breaks.
  • If your child is eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, you may also be eligible for other programs such as the Medical Expense Tax Credit or Child Disability Benefit.

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Apply for funding opportunities

  • You may be eligible for certain types of funding or benefits based on your child’s age.
  • There are many organizations that offer funding and benefits. You will need to meet the criteria and go through the application process.

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  • You may be eligible for certain types of funding or benefits based on your child’s age.
  • There are many organizations that offer funding and benefits. You will need to meet the criteria and go through the application process.

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  • You may be eligible for certain types of funding or benefits based on your child’s age
  • There are many organizations that offer funding and benefits. You will need to meet the criteria and go through the application process.

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  • You may be eligible for certain types of funding or benefits based on your age
  • There are many organizations that offer funding and benefits. You will need to meet the criteria and go through the application process.

Suggested Resources

  • You may be eligible for certain types of funding or benefits based on your age.
  • There are many organizations that offer funding and benefits. You will need to meet the criteria and go through the application process.

Suggested Resources

  • You may be eligible for certain types of funding or benefits based on your age.
  • There are many organizations that offer funding and benefits. You will need to meet the criteria and go through the application process.

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  • You may be eligible for certain types of funding or benefits based on your age.
  • There are many organizations that offer funding and benefits. You will need to meet the criteria and go through the application process.

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Advocacy

  • Advocacy means making your voice heard.
  • You can advocate for yourself or for someone close to you.
  • Someone in your circle of support might be able to help you advocate for yourself and your child.

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  • Advocacy means making your voice heard.
  • You can advocate for yourself or for someone close to you.
  • Someone in your circle of support might be able to help you advocate for yourself and your child.

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  • Advocacy is about making your voice heard.
  • You can advocate for yourself or for someone close to you.
  • Someone in your circle of support might be able to help you advocate.
  • Start teaching your child the importance of advocating for themselves.

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  • Advocacy is about making your voice heard.
  • You can advocate for yourself or for someone close to you.
  • Someone in your circle of support might be able to help you advocate.

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For your parent/caregiver

  • Advocacy means making your voice heard.
  • You can advocate for yourself or for someone close to you.
  • Someone in your circle of support might be able to help you advocate for yourself.

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  • Advocacy means making your voice heard.
  • You can advocate for yourself or for someone close to you.
  • Someone in your circle of support might be able to help you advocate for yourself.

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  • Advocacy is about making your voice heard.
  • You can advocate for yourself or for someone close to you.
  • Someone in your circle of support might be able to help you advocate for yourself.

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Get government identification for your child

  • Everyone needs government identification and it is important to get it as early as possible.
  • You will need your child’s birth certificate and health card for many things.
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is important. You will need it to apply for the Disability Tax Credit or if you plan to open a Registered Disability Savings Plan for your child.

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  • Everyone needs government identification and it is important to get it as early as possible.
  • You will need your child’s birth certificate and health card for many things.
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is important. You will need it to apply for the Disability Tax Credit or if you plan to open a Registered Disability Savings Plan for your child.

Resources

  • Everyone needs identification and it is important to get it as early as possible.
  • You will need your child’s birth certificate and health card for many things.
  • A Social Insurance Number (SIN) is important. You will need it to apply for the Disability Tax Credit or if you plan to open a Registered Disability Savings Plan for your child.

Resources

Save for your child’s future

  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) for your child. A RDSP can help you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be receiving the Disability Tax Credit.
  • Consider opening a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for your child. A RESP is a way to save for your child’s post-secondary education.

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  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) for your child. A RDSP helps you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.
  • Consider opening a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for your child. A RESP is a way to save for your child’s post-secondary education.

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  • Consider opening a Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) for your child. A RDSP helps you save money faster through government contributions.
  • To be eligible for a RDSP you need to be eligible for and receiving the Disability Tax Credit.
  • Consider opening a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) for your child. A RESP is a way to save for your child’s post-secondary education.

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Open a bank account for your child

  • Consider opening a bank account for your child to start saving for their future.

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  • Consider opening a bank account for your child to start saving for their future.

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  • Consider opening a bank account for your child to start saving for their future.

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  • Consider opening a bank account for your child to start saving for their future.

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Plan for your child’s entry into school

  • Connect with your child’s future local school early to start the registration process.
  • Make an appointment to meet with the school principal.
  • Keep a record of your child’s therapy/reports to bring to the meeting.
  • This may also be called “Transition Planning.”

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Plan for the future

It is important to plan for your child’s future.

Planning can help you:

  • Figure out your child’s strengths, interests and goals.
  • Make sure there is money to meet your child’s needs.
  • Create steps to reach your child’s future goals.
  • Track progress in meeting your child’s goals.

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It is important to plan for your child’s future.

Planning can help you:

  • Figure out your child’s strengths, interests and goals.
  • Make sure there is money to meet your child’s needs.
  • Create steps to reach your child’s future goals.
  • Track progress in meeting your child’s goals.

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It is important to plan for your child’s future.

Planning can help you:

  • Figure out your child’s strengths, interests and goals.
  • Make sure there is money to meet your child’s needs.
  • Create steps to reach your child’s future goals.
  • Track progress in meeting your child’s goals.

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It is important for you to be involved in planning for your future.

A plan can help you:

  • Figure out your strengths, interests and goals.
  • Make sure your money meets your needs.
  • Create steps to reach your future goals.
  • Track your progress in meeting your goals.

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It is important for you to be involved in planning for your future.

A plan can help you:

  • Figure out your strengths, interests and goals.
  • Make sure your money meets your needs.
  • Create steps to reach your future goals.
  • Track your progress in meeting your goals.

Suggested Resources

It is important for you to be involved in planning for your future.

A plan can help you:

  • Figure out your strengths, interests and goals.
  • Make sure your money meets your needs.
  • Create steps to reach your future goals.
  • Track your progress in meeting your goals.

Suggested Resources

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