After We’re Gone is a series of four trainings geared towards aging parents who have adult sons or daughters with developmental disabilities still living at home.  The trainings will provide the users with the information and tools they need to both plan for their own futures as well as assist their adult sons and daughters to plan for their lives. 

The trainings are free. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are appreciated. Call The Arc of Oakland County at 248-816-1900 with any questions. After We’re Gone/Planning Our Futures is supported by a grant (#2010055) from the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Grant to The Arc Michigan.

Session #1
Thursday, January 20, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
@ MORC, INC.
1270 Doris Road, Room #400
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

“Worries and Hopes/Person-Centered Planning”
Presenter: Elizabeth Janks from the Developmental Disabilities Institute

The goals of this module are to meet parents and their adult sons and daughters where they are at in terms of planning for the future.  What are their worries? What are their hopes? How have other families addressed those worries and hopes? What are the possibilities for individuals to live in the community away from their parents with the appropriate supports? The second part of this module will provide information on the person-centered planning process and independent facilitation.


Session #2
Thursday, February 17, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
@ MORC, INC.
1270 Doris Road, Room #400
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

“Where Can We Find Support?”
Presenter: Deb Ziegler from the Michigan Department of Community Health 
Presenter: Representatives from the Area Agency on Aging Area 1B

The goal of this module is to provide an overview of the supports and services available for people with developmental disabilities from the community mental health system and complementary supports available from the Home Help program. An overview of services to individuals who are aging will also be provided.


Session #3
Thursday, March 10, 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
@ MORC, INC.
1270 Doris Road, Room #400
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

“What is Self-Determination?”
Presenters: Pat Carver or Angela Martin, and representatives from the Michigan Partners for Freedo

The goal of this module is to describe the philosophy of self-determination and how it can positively impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities. The session will also provide an overview of how arrangements that support self-determination work in terms of controlling resources from the community mental health system or the MI-Choice Waiver.


Session #4
Thursday, April 21 2011
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
@ MORC, INC.
1270 Doris Road, Room #400
Auburn Hills, MI 48326

“Social Security Benefits and Estate Planning”
Presenter: Marty Alward, Michigan Department of Community Health
Presenter: Thomas F. Kendziorski, Esq., Executive Director, The Arc of Oakland County

The goals of this two-part module are to provide an overview of Social Security benefits [including: retirement, disability (SSDI), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)], work incentives that individuals can use to work and maintain their cash benefits and how these benefits relate to Medicare and Medicaid. Further, there will be an overview of estate planning options for individuals with disabilities who need the government for their financial support or to pay for community-based supports and their families including options that make guardianship unnecessary.

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