Two Finnish Non-governmental organizations, The Finnish
Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and
Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability, have
started a project in developing personal budgeting in Finland. The
aim of the "I know what I want!" project is to develop personal
budgeting practices that are suitable for the Finnish social care
environment and to test out these practices.
Models of personal budgeting and person centered planning are
being piloted across the country. Participants to these pilot
projects include people with disabilities and their families,
support staff and local authority- and service provider
representatives. The participants are offered training and are able
to join in on different peer group activities to support them along
the process. The project will also produce different materials
about personal budgeting and person centered planning for young
people and adults with an intellectual disability.
The project runs from 2010 to 2013 and is funded by RAY
(Finland's Slot Machine Association).
The project has been benchmarking the system in the UK and is
tightly co-operating with In Control. The project organized a first
nation-wide conference with 200 participants about personal
budgeting in March 2011 in Helsinki. In the conference In Control's
Consumer Support Director Caroline Tomlinson shared her family's
journey from service land to a good life. The project is also
working with Research and Evaluation Lead John Waters with resource
allocation and other consultancy.
- Development Coordinator Marika Ahlstén, Finnish Association on
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Project Designer Aarne Rajalahti, Service Foundation for People
with an Intellectual Disability, e-mail: email@example.com
Website in English: http://www.kehitysvammaliitto.fi/in-english/homepage/