Life Planning: If You Won a Weekend Getaway, Would You be Prepared to Leave Your Child with a Family Member?

After creating a Vision Plan for your child, the next step is to create a Life Plan. Your Life Plan will serve three main purposes:

  1. It will serve as a benchmarking tool to show annual progress.
  2. It will serve as a repository for recording and storing every important piece of information about your family and your child with special needs, including details about their diagnoses, daily routines, likes and dislikes, key relationships, service providers, medications, etc.
  3. It will serve as a transition guide for the future.

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Vision Planning: What’s Your Vision of a Great Life for Your Child?

Did you know that your mindset throughout the Special Needs Planning process is the most important part of planning?

The main purpose of beginning your Special Needs Planning by creating a Vision Plan for your child is so that you develop an abundance mindset, focused on the abilities that you see in your loved one. Maintaining this mindset is essential as you complete the remaining four areas of planning.

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7 Days To A Comprehensive Special Needs Plan For Your Loved One

Because of my younger sister, Sarah, who has Down syndrome, the focus of my practice is helping families with special needs develop strategies so that their children or loved ones can live impactful and purposeful lives. I believe that everyone has the ability to be impactful in the lives of others and it is this ability that gives each of us a strong sense of purpose in life.

I am unique in my approach to Special Needs Planning. My uniqueness is due to the abilities that I see in my sister and the many ways she has been able to impact the lives of others.

The planning process for individuals with special needs is often misunderstood, even by many professionals.

  • Setting up a Special Needs Trust by a reputable attorney to ensure that your child’s assets do not them from government benefits is important.
  • Developing a strategy for how to fund your Special Needs Trust is also important.

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The 3 Most Important Things to Consider When You Begin Planning For Your Child With Special Needs

Creating a Special Needs Plan can feel daunting due to the complexity of the planning process and the numerous strategies necessary to plan effectively. It might feel like you have an endless list of recommendations to review and resources to acquire as you begin planning for your child’s future. Continue reading “The 3 Most Important Things to Consider When You Begin Planning For Your Child With Special Needs”

Happy Memorial Day: Commemorating those who gave their lives so that all Americans could have the opportunity to #BeImpactful

Thanks to the efforts of many individuals, organizations, and awareness campaigns, the future looks bright for individuals with special needs.

So much has changed, even within the past decade, in terms of society’s acceptance of individuals with disabilities and understanding of the reality that individuals with special needs can positively impact others—including their families, schools, communities, and businesses. Continue reading “Happy Memorial Day: Commemorating those who gave their lives so that all Americans could have the opportunity to #BeImpactful”