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A Conversation With the Next Special Needs Caregiver

A Conversation With the Next Special Needs Caregiver https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/conversation-with-special-needs-caregiver/

I just had an eye-opening conversation with the brother of an individual with autism and his father. The Dad is in not only going through the process of creating a special needs plan designed to care for his son with autism but also prepare his eldest son to take over as caregiver someday. I wanted to […]

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Top Ways to Plan for Your Special Needs Child’s Future

Top Ways to Plan for Your Special Needs Child's Future https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/plan-special-needs-childs-future/

Parents of adult disabled children have a greater reason than most to fear their death. What will happen to my child? How can people of modest means plan for those 20 or 40 years between our death and the death of that adult child? What if the child’s abilities cannot be readily translated into gainful […]

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What Happens to My Special Needs Child if the Social Security Benefit Goes Away?

What Happens to My Special Needs Child if the Social Security Benefit Goes Away? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/special-needs-social-security-benefit/

Question:  I heard a report that stated the Social Security trust fund will be extinguished by 2034. Is that true, and if so how does that impact the plan for my adult son with autism? By law, Social Security OASDI trust funds must be able to pay benefits for at least the next 75 years.  […]

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Why Would My Child With Autism Need a Special Needs Trust?

Why Would My Child With Autism Need a Special Needs Trust? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-with-autism-needs-trust/

Question: I have heard of a Special Needs Trust. Can you share why my son with autism may need one? A Special Needs Trust is an important element in special needs planning because of what it can protect. For most individuals with an intellectual and developmental disability, government benefits are critical to providing a very […]

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How Can I Best Gift Money to Someone With Special Needs?

How Can I Best Gift Money to Someone With Special Needs? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/gifting-someone-with-special-needs/

Question: “As the holidays approach, I have been asked by my parents how they can gift money to my son with autism?  Can I tell them to give it to him directly or is there something specific I need to do?” Thank you for this question. Our planners hear this question quite a bit especially […]

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How Macroeconomic Changes Can Impact People with Special Needs

How Macroeconomic Changes Can Impact People with Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/macroeconomic-impacts-people-with-autism/

I am sure you have heard the saying, “the left-hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.”  This statement can be quite evident when the decisions by the US government are explored. For many individual states, the minimum wage became a hot-button issue, and quite a number of state governments decided to pass laws […]

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How Can I Begin Planning for My Special Needs Child’s Future

Question: It is one of my New Year’s Resolutions to assemble a plan for my son’s future, but I have not been able to get started yet.  I just don’t know where or how to start.  What should my first step be? — Laura I can certainly understand not quite getting started on your New […]

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How Do I Choose a Trustee for My Special Needs Child?

How Do I Choose a Trustee for My Special Needs Child? https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/choosing-trustee-for-special-needs-child

I am trying to decide on a trustee for my son’s Special Needs Trust. What should I be thinking about? —Madison I commend you on thinking about who will be your best choice as trustee. I find that so many families just choose the closest relative or closest friend without much thought as to the […]

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Tools You Need to Protect Government Benefits

In our previous Autism Parenting Magazine column, we discussed government benefits and how to access those benefits.  One item we learned was that in order to access the array of services, your child will have to be eligible, which means he/she cannot have countable assets of more than $2,000 in his/her name—and to remain eligible, […]

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Learn How New Military Benefit Can Help Support Your Child for Life

Learn How New Military Benefit Can Help Support Your Child for Life

Question: “I am in the military and heard there is a new benefit for military retirees that can help my child with autism.  Is this true?  If so, what is it?” – Jerry The simple answer to your question is YES.  For those individuals who have served our country for their career in one of […]

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