Special Needs Planning & Housing

Independent Living Program Housing DataBase. Click on Housing Tab Above.

Please check out our independent living program and housing data base. It has over 800 entries and growing every day. Please note if you know of another program, some information needs updating or there is an error, email us at info@specialneedsplanning.net and we will make the change immediately. With your help and our own continuous research and updating, we will continue to fine tune the data base so it can be the very best it can be. Download Housing Brochure



Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO) is a 501c3 nonprofit established in 2015 by a group of families under the leadership of Maedi Tanham Carney. ILO is committed to helping individuals with developmental disabilities live full active lives in the wider community. The key to achieving this goal is supporting the self-advocates with intentional communities. What is an intentional community? It involves creating community “pods” (groups of self-advocates living in close proximity) and developing teams of paid and unpaid individuals to support each self-advocate. Intentional communities ensure self-advocates maintain their skills, develop new ones and are fully integrated into their communities.

Currently, ILO has the support of 15 participating families, and is hard at work developing two community pods one in Germantown, MD and the other in Washington, D.C. If you would like to learn more about these community pods, intentional communities, or the work that ILO is doing to create independent, inclusive, community based living options in the Maryland and D.C. areas, please contact ILO’s founder, President of the Board and CEO, Maedi Tanham Carney, for more information.

If you are interested in joining ILO and helping us expand our networks of support, please let us know! The next round of New Futures Initiative™ training is taking place in February and June of 2016, in Evanston and Washington, D.C. respectively, and ILO is now accepting families for the wait list for that training.

For further reading on ILO, including our core values, vision, and our mission statement, please browse through our Integrated Living Opportunities blog archive from the Blog Category drop-down menu on the right hand side of the website.

We hope you find our website a resource to help with navigating the world of the family with special needs. M&L Special Needs Planning is dedicated to creating simplicity with the complex journey of special needs. It is our vision to be the known resource and go-to company for special needs life plans, government benefit counseling, life insurance needs, housing and seminar presentations.


M&L Special Needs Planning’s mission is to educate families in an emphatic, methodical, non-threatening way. We do this by providing workshops and creating financial security with comprehensive special needs life plans and government benefit counseling for the individual with special needs, siblings and parents. We invite you to explore our Workshop Series where you will find a myriad of information, from Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special Needs to Understanding SSI/Medicaid & SSDI/Medicare and much more.


We work with families on a national basis Please contact us to learn more about how we can partner together. in addition, we will present our workshops at your venue upon request.


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Nearly 54 Million Americans cope with special needsand the rising associated expenses, according to the National Organization on Disability.

69% of families say they are very concerned about being able to provide lifetime care for their dependents with special needs
. MetLife’s Survey Torn Blanket 2005 study & updated in 2011.78% do not have any form of Comprehensive Special Needs Financial Life Plan. Autism Statistics.
People with a financial plan are more optimistic about their financial future than those without a plan
. 95% of the people who have a financial plan believe the benefits outweigh the costs. Statistics from Trends in Consumer Behavior.More Statistics


“We have done so many things we first heard about from your seminar, including a new will, a special needs trust set up by my parents, communicating with all family members about not leaving money to our child, our own special needs trust, and now a 2nd to die life insurance policy to fund the trust.” – Barry Lotenberg, Arlington, Virginia

“Thank you for conducting the very informative and timely workshops this year. I have recommended them to others and will continue to do so. My biggest take-away was “what you don’t know can hurt you.”read more

“It goes without saying, my words cannot express the heartfelt thanks we have in our appreciation for your funding of the Financial Assessment Planning Program for TLC that allowed our family a complete financial review and strategy planning from Maedi Tanham Carney, CFP founder of M&L Special Needs Planningread more

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