If you have questions pertaining to guardianship, this article will guide you along. What is Guardianship? Guardianship needs to be considered in two scenarios: 1. When the parents die 2. While the parents are still alive First scenario: when the parents die Let’s consider the scenario of parents passing away when the child still needs

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in Financial Planning by Ryan Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC

Parents of children with autism are inundated with questions while trying to provide the best care for their children. Many options exist for therapies, advocation, medical assistance, physicians, and the list goes on. Knowing which options will be best for their autistic children, and if they will have the financial resources to pay for them,

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in Financial Planning by Rachel Andersen

An attempt to answer parents’ ongoing questions about government benefits for their children on the spectrum. “Government benefits” is such a broad term. These benefits can vary from individual to individual, but some tend to be universal for most individuals with an Intellectual and Developmental Disability.  Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid are two such

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in Financial Planning by Ryan Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC

Ever wondered what a special needs trust is and why your child with autism may need it? If so, read on. A special needs trust is primarily used so your loved one can have assets and resources available to them above and beyond the maximum allowable resource limit for Medicaid and SSI. The special needs

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in Financial Planning by Ryan Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly caused hardships in many areas of society, and the disability community is no different. As with many other businesses, the shutdowns and social distancing have highlighted the financial razor’s edge many service providers live on. In a survey of 191 organizations conducted by ANCOR, a trade group representing disability service

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in Financial Planning by Ryan Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC

The ABLE account is a state-run savings program for eligible people with disabilities in the United States. It continues to be an area many families have questions about, in terms of its set up and how to effectively use it. We have compiled multiple questions over the years regarding these accounts and we feel our

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in Financial Planning by Ryan Platt, MBA, ChFC, ChSNC

How to apply for autism grants Applying for grants can seem like a daunting process. Don’t let paperwork, reference letters, and the waiting game discourage you from filling out an application. As an increasing volume of research on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is published, public awareness is rising, and services—including grants—are more readily available than

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in Financial Planning by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

Retirement planning is an important area of an individual’s and a family’s life.  Proper planning will allow for a better life and one that is usually more enjoyable.  For most folks in the United States, retirement planning includes saving as much money as they can in their 401(k) and maximizing their monthly social security payment. 

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