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. … Continue reading The Biggest Planning Mistake Our Family Made…
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 … Continue reading Special Needs Planning: Why the Traditional Planning Industry has it ALL BACKWARDS
Kids across the country are headed back to school. Which means education-related objectives are on everyone's minds these days. That makes this the perfect time for you to think about planning for your child's educational future! Did you catch our latest #askENABLE video that we shared on Facebook and IGTV earlier this week? In it, … Continue reading HOW TO: Plan for your child’s future- A comparison of 529 college savings accounts and ABLE accounts
According to MakingSpecialEducationWork.com, your "vision statement is one of the most important and overlooked parts of the IEP. This statement isn’t a required part of the IEP in the federal law IDEA, but it is required by many states. It’s important because it serves as a guide for developing special education services and goals that will help a … Continue reading HOW TO: Create a Strong Vision Statement for Your Child’s IEP Team
According to the U.S. Department of Education, "each public school child who receives special education and related services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Each IEP must be designed for one student and must be a truly individualized document. The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) … Continue reading What’s an IEP? What should it contain? and how do I keep it organized?