Personal Futures Planning

Reaching career and financial goals through structure and collaboration

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What is Personal Futures Planning?

The Personal Futures Planning (also known as Discovery & Career Planning) program helps individuals with disabilities create a vision for their future, set career and financial goals, and identify the resources needed to achieve long-term success. We also connect with local employers around the Fox Cities area to develop work experience programs.

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Who Can Benefit From Our Program?

Our Personal Futures Planning program is helpful for any individual with a disability looking for person-centered and future-oriented support. We’ve found this program particularly helpful for those going through a transitional period, such as young adults transitioning from school to adulthood/employment.

What We Do

Focus on Freedom’s Personal Futures Planning program is customized to fit the needs of the individual and their employer (or future career goals for those who have not yet entered the workforce). We start by honing in on key interests and building skills, then provide advocacy and ongoing support to ensure success in various roles.

Discover Interests

The process usually begins by gathering information about the individual’s current situation, strengths, preferences, and aspirations. This involves:

  • Interviews and discussions with the individual about their interests and goals

  • Interviews and discussions with the individual’s support network, including family, friends, teachers, and current employers

  • Home and community-based observation and assessments

  • Identifying support, resources, and services necessary for the individual to reach their goals

Create an Action Plan

Once the goals and supports have been identified, we focus on outlining specific steps, timelines, and responsibilities to help the individual progress toward their goal. The plan focuses on training, strategies, and contingency plans to address potential challenges, including:

  • Daily skills training to boost independence at work and home

  • Help with applications and interviewing as needed

  • Practice handling challenging job-related situations

Partner with Local Employers

The collaborative process includes working with businesses around Winnebago County to develop mutually beneficial employment opportunities. We collaborate with employers in a variety of ways:

  • Identifying candidates who may be a good fit for open roles

  • Educating about disability inclusion and the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.

  • Advocating for reasonable workplace accommodations to support individuals with disabilities in their roles.

  • Ongoing support and monitoring to make sure the role is a good fit

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about personal futures planning or our other services, we’re here to help! Use our FAQs page to learn more about our services, staff, processes and more.

Request a Personal Futures Planning Consultation Today

Getting started with our personal futures planning is simple! Fill out our online form below and we’ll schedule a free consultation to discuss your goals and answer questions.