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.
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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.
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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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Hard to believe that in mid-July, many of us are already thinking about — and planning for — going back to school! But with more and more school districts moving to balanced calendars, gone are the days of three-month long summer vacations — at least for many families!
To help make the transition easier for you, and your child, below we’ve shared (with permission) Reading Rocket‘s TOP 8 “Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs“:
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Many families with children with special needs have questions about ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts (SNT), including:
- What are the similarities and differences between them?
- Should I set up an ABLE account, a SNT, or both?
- How will planning in this area help my child live a purposeful and impactful life?
Continue reading “ABLE vs. SNT: Similarities and Differences”