Many of the conversations that surround end-of-life care include concepts and language that are challenging to follow, especially for people with developmental disabilities. Together with our partners, the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) has created a guide that enables people with developmental disabilities to advocate for themselves and stay in control of their lives through the very end.
Thinking Ahead: My Life at the End [English PDF] contains words, symbols and pictures that facilitate discussion with and decision-making by persons with developmental disabilities regarding their values, goals and treatment preferences at the end of life. The video serves as an instruction manual, containing vignettes that illustrate in simple, graphic format the purpose and use of the materials.
Thinking Ahead was made possible through a Wellness grant by the California Department of Developmental Services and reflects collaboration among Alta California, Golden Gate and Eastern Los Angeles Regional Centers, Board Resource Center and CCCC.
To order a free hardcopy of the Thinking Ahead workbook and DVD, contact us today.