RRTCADD Future is Now Wins National Caregiving Award
The Future is Now our center's training program to support adults with I/DD and their families in planning for the future, received a $5,000 seed grant from the National Alliance for Caregiving. The National Alliance for Caregiving established this new award with support from the MetLife Foundation to recognize innovative programs that address the growing number of older families responsible for the care of their adult child with disabilities. The Future is Now is the first program to include adult children with and without disabilities in the planning process. Families who have already made future plans, including their relative with a disability, are co-trainers. We believe this approach is more likely to engage and motivate families to plan when they can network with their peers and support each other through the future planning process. It also is one of the few psycho-educational programs for families of people with I/DD whose successes have been empirically documented (Heller and Caldwell, 2006). John Kramer, The Future is Now project director, received the award in Nashville, TN on July 22 from National Alliance for Caregiving executive director and CEO Gail Hunt at a ceremony that also honored six other innovative programs to support caregivers.