I believe that everyone has the potential and the ability to be impactful in others' lives. Being impactful is what gives individuals a strong sense of purpose. My focus is guiding individuals to be impactful in their own unique way to the people and organizations that they care about most.
My practice is focused on creating significant relationships that are based on a mutual alignment of values, philosophies, and expectations.
Families across the country have shared with our team that they know that they need to plan for the future. They’ve been reminded of that reality over and over again by well-meaning professionals. But these families often share with us that they feel stuck in their current circumstances and incapable of moving beyond that to begin the planning process.
Through personal family experiences (having grown up with a younger sister with Down syndrome), I understand that there are so many emotions that arise as families think about and plan for the future. Overwhelm. Confusion. Frustration. Worry. Fear.
I understand the seemingly never-ending checklist of tasks that parents of a child with special needs have to accomplish… with so much urgency and often fast-approaching deadlines.
Written by: Phillip C. Clark, Founder and President, ENABLE Special Needs Planning
We had the best intentions…
Our family had the best intentions. We strived to create a great future for my younger sister, Sarah, who has Down syndrome, no matter what future events would transpire. For weeks, we endured many hours of emotional conversations. We thoroughly hashed out all of the precise details of our plan. We thought through every pitfall, evaluated every potential problem, and developed strategies to overcome such obstacles so that Sarah could live a purposeful, impactful life.
But we forgot one essential part of the planning process…
Written by: Phillip C. Clark, Founder & President, ENABLE Special Needs Planning
In today’s culture, images and stories of success are at our
fingertips 24/7 through social media. It’s easy to get caught up in comparing
ourselves to others.
On the one hand, social media can be a source of inspiration
and motivation, showing us pictures of other people succeeding in areas in
which we aspire to be successful, too. On the other hand, we could look at
those same photos, and feel like we don’t measure up…and we never will.
Author: Phillip C. Clark, Founder and President, ENABLE Special Needs Planning, LLC
Consider these statements…
“My child won’t ever be able to do ____.”
“We need to figure out how we are going to support our child when we, as parents, are gone.”
“How can we make sure our government benefits cover all of our expenses?”
“We have to make sure you have a sound strategy to fund your Special Needs Trust.”
These statements–uttered by both parents and professionals–are made daily because my industry has made special needs planning into a process that is focused on keeping families stuck with limited expectations and a limited mindset about the future.
One of the joys of having my sister, Sarah, in my life is the ability to connect with others who share similar passions through our unique life experiences. I am always encouraged when I meet other siblings who feel just as proud of their brother or sister as I do of Sarah. Down syndrome has brought so many people into our lives—people from across the country that I wouldn’t have otherwise connected with. I’m thankful for the community of individuals that I’ve met that strive to create an abundant life for our loved ones.
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