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Future Planning

The planning resources below will help prepare you, or your loved one for a successful future. Here you will find information on estate planning, proxy decision making, and health insurance.

Advance Directives
This resource provides a new, more user-friendly advance directive form and instructions.

By Their Side
By Their Side works with Marylanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to make sure their wishes are addressed. We provide advocacy for health, safety, rights, and happiness, even when their parents can no longer be there.

Estate Planning
Estate planning helps provide for the care of your loved one with special needs during your lifetime, and ensures that your assets continue to provide for your child when you are no longer there. This brochure provides caregivers with helpful information regarding this process.

Making Medical Decisions for Someone Else: A Maryland Handbook
This resource serves as a guide for Marylanders who are faced with making medical decisions for another individual.

Maryland ABLE
Maryland ABLE accounts are a new way to help people with disabilities save money and pay for qualified disability-related expenses without jeopardizing state or federal means-tested benefits such as SSI or Medicaid.

Maryland Centers for Independent Living  (CILs)
Centers for Independent Living (CILs) are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. They are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living provide: peer support, information and referral, individual and systems advocacy, and independent living skills training.

Planning Now: A Futures and Estate Planning Guide for Families of Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities
This guide is intended to help you plan for the personal and financial future of your family with a developmental disability. You can also use this guide to design a plan with your child that others will help implement in the future.

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A Resource Coordinator is available to assist you in finding disability resources by phone or email:

• 800-390-3372
• TTY MD Relay 711

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