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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.

Further information

  • Development Coordinator Marika Ahlstén, Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, e-mail: marika.ahlsten@kvl.fi
  • Project Designer Aarne Rajalahti, Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability, e-mail: aarne.rajalahti@kvps.fi

Website in English: http://www.kehitysvammaliitto.fi/in-english/homepage/

Last Updated : 01 July 2015. Page Author: Gaynor Cockayne.