The following resources were developed to address the needs of the intellectual and developmentally disabled community when preparing for the end of life.
Advance Care Planning: Workbook and Video
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 CCCC 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 (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. Thinking Ahead was updated in 2022 as part of a grant project funded by the WITH Foundation with assistance from Alta California Regional Center and Valley Mountain Regional Center staff and clients.
To order a free hardcopy of the Thinking Ahead workbook, contact us today.
“Thinking Ahead: My Life At The End” Workbook
*The Spanish, Korean, and Chinese translations are based on the 2007 version.