Expressing Wishes for the Future

Learn more about how future planning is possible and necessary.

Writing a Letter of Intent

The Letter of Intent (LOI) outlines information on daily needs, supports, and legal and financial matters of a person with an intellectual or developmental disability (I/DD). The LOI should communicate the family and person’s intentions for the future. It serves as a good resource during times of transition.

This document should be updated at least once a year to reflect changes in the person’s current situation and goals for the future. The LOI serves to keep everyone in the support network informed on what the person with I/DD needs and wants. The LOI can also be used to supplement a parent’s will. However, the letter of intent is not a legally binding document.

Getting Started

The LOI is a good first step in person-centered planning. It’s a way to create a path forward to develop legal and financial arrangements and ensures that the person with I/DD is living life as independently as possible. The LOI also provides easy access to relevant information in an emergency.

Who can be involved?

What to include

A Path Forward

Remember to review the letter of intent every year to check if anything needs to be changed. As the person with I/DD ages, support needs may change. Developments in the lives of other family members and friends may require that support roles be modified. Now it’s time to move forward in planning.

Plain Language

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