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…
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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.
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, our founder and president, Phillip Clark, discussed the similarities and differences between traditional 529 college savings plans and the more recently developed 529 ABLE accounts.
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 student throughout the remaining school years, and ultimately, life after graduation.”
Have you created a strong vision statement for your child’s IEP team?
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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) to work together to improve educational results for children with disabilities. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child with a disability.”
Continue reading “What’s an IEP? What should it contain? and how do I keep it organized?”