Lifetime Connections

Lifetime Connections offers unique supports and future planning services to people with all types of disabilities and their families. We provide an alternative or addition to traditional services, through a membership based set of services tailored to each individual or family.

We believe in the power and potential of human relationships. All the services in the world cannot substitute for real relationships. First In Families believes that people with disabilities absolutely need relationships now for a good life, and for their future well-being, safety and security.

There is no disability so severe that relationships with others are not possible. We believe that a network of personal relationships can be the most important source of support in our communities. Through relationships, each person has the opportunity to seek a life in which goals can be achieved and dreams become reality.

Lifetime Connections makes a good life possible and provides peace of mind for the future. Its two core services are:

About Supported Decision-Making

Supported Decision-Making Agreements are an innovative and viable alternative to guardianship. Guardianship provides legal authority to care for the personal and property interests of another person but also removes rights. First In Families educates families about the importance of considering all options prior to seeking legal guardianship of their loved one with a disability when that person turns 18. FIFNC strongly believes that alternatives, including Supported Decision-Making Agreements, provide needed support to vulnerable individuals, while protecting their autonomy and dignity.

If you would like more information about Supported Decision-Making Agreements, or to participate in proving feedback on the tool, please contact call 919-251-8368 extension 107 or email

Seminars and Workshops

Lifetime Connections provides a 7 Steps in 7 Sessions workshop resulting in a personal future plan, a Wills and Estate Planning Seminar to assist in planning for the future, Leadership in Your Life, Series for Self Advocates, and Letter of Intent Clinic.

Become a Lifetime Connections Member

Join others who are committed to a world in which all our loved ones live good lives, and all our loved ones belong. As a member you will receive reduced workshop rates, special invitations and more. Read more about membership in Lifetime Connections.

What Our Members Say

The mantra of Mark, a Lifetime Connections member is You must always have something to look forward to. He says that, In the six years since I became disabled, it might be four or five months between those 'somethings.' Only [my facilitator] has provided me with a sense of realistic optimism.

For More Information

If you or someone you know is interested in Lifetime Connections future planning services, or if you have any questions, please call 919-251-8368 extension 107 or email