Helping You With Your Special Needs Journey: Register Now for M&L’s Upcoming Workshops

 October 16, 2014
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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Here at M&L Special Needs Planning, we know that being a parent of a child with special needs can be overwhelming and exhausting. From the very first steps of the special needs journey, parents are faced with an overload of information. They are responsible for making huge decisions that impact the future of their child with a disability, and the family as a whole.

If this is how you feel – stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed – then don’t worry! Most (if not all) parents who have a child or children with special needs feel the same. It is this feeling, in fact, that inspired the creation of M&L Special Needs Planning. Our primary goal is to help you simplify – as much as possible – the complex journey of special needs. We pride ourselves on providing current, reliable, and relevant information to parents who need guidance; and we will continue to work to be the go-to resource for all things special-needs related.

Today, in fact, we are going to talk about two workshops that we have designed to accomplish this goal, Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special Needs and Integrated Community Based Housing with Services and Supports. Both of these workshops will be held next week; please read on for more information or to register.

Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special Needs

Many people often ask us, “What is the key to special needs planning?” Well, there is no easy answer to that question; each family is unique, with individual goals and challenges, resources and expenses. As such, it is impossible to come with a one size fits all solution, or “guide to” special needs planning. Having said that, there are a few tips that every family with special needs should keep in mind while planning –Navigating the Financial World of the Family with Special Needs is a workshop that is designed to address this question, and to provide valuable information (including these tips) to families with special needs.

In addition to providing these planning tips, this workshop also serves another important purpose: it covers topics that can often be uncomfortable to consider, but are essential to any sort of financial or legal plan for the future. For example, we discuss providing for the individual with special needs after the parents are gone, i.e. through insurance concepts, special needs trust, and housing opportunities.  Planning for the financial (and other) ramifications of “solo care” in the event of a death of a spouse/partner is explored; we also touch on legal and estate issues, the Special Needs Trust (and the funding of this trust), as well as the Letter of Intent. Finally, we discuss how completing our Comprehensive Special Needs Financial Life Plan will enable you to be proactive in planning for the entire family’s financial future.

This workshop will take place Wednesday, October 22nd at The Treatment and Learning Center in Rockville, MD. Click here to register.

Integrated Community Based Housing with Services and Supports

Many of our readers are, by now, fully acquainted with M&L Special Needs Planning’s housing development project in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. This project began about a year and a half ago when M&L founder & owner, Maedi Tanham Carney CFP®, CWIC met with Center for Independent Futures® (CIF) and learned about their Community Living Option™ residences. From that meeting grew a workshop, and from that workshop grew a team of core families who have come together to ensure that their adult children with special needs will live fulfilling, independent, adult lives. Please click here or here to learn more. All of our blogs on the topic can be accessed here.

This workshop, titled Integrated Community Based Housing with Services and Supports, is designed to introduce this housing project to families with special needs, and to acquaint people with their project’s developing non-profit, Integrated Living Opportunities (ILO). M&L, CIF and the core families are committed to creating a full life for individuals with disabilities, and will share with attendees how they are creating community-based supported living options. These person-centered living options are inclusive, sustainable, and integrated – attention is paid to every aspect of adult life, including employment, recreation, socialization and being fully integrated within his/her community.

As well, this workshop will introduce the first resident of this housing project, celebrate her move towards independence, and describe how she works within the community partnership concept. M&L staff will discuss how the ILO is being created, delve into the steps it is currently taking to become official, i.e. creating by-laws and filing for Incorporation, and discuss the shape that this non-profit will take as M&L’s housing development project grows and expands.

This workshop is taking place Tuesday, October 21st at The Arc of Northern Virginia Offices. All spaces are currently reserved. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact The Arc of Northern Virginia. M&L will hold another session if interest warrants; if you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to request that M&L host a second workshop please contact us.

Would You Like More Information?

Regular readers of this blog may have noticed by now that we end every post the same way, with the same heading: would you like more information? We do this because we know that it is impossible to answer every question and to address every situation in one blog post. Every family with special needs is unique, and has it’s own set of circumstances and challenges. We know information can be hard to find, and sources hard to trust. That is why we publish a weekly blog post, why we have added so many resources to our website, and essentially why we get up every morning – to make sure you have the information you need to make the best possible decision for your family.

So when we ask you if you would like more information, we truly mean it – please contact us with your questions. We are here to help.

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