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The Special Needs Planning Guide -- How to Prepare for Every Stage of Your Child's Life -- By John W. Nadworny & Cynthia R. Haddad

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"Excellent...simply written and understandable, yet concise enough to serve as a road map that will assist families of persons with special needs to navigate the highway of life from childhood to adulthood." —William A. Catelli, Jr., Secretary, Board of Directors, The Arc of the United States

"Will become a classic for families who have special needs children...There is no other resource book like it for parents." —Dee Lee, CFP®, author ofWomen & Money

Developed by two financial planning experts who also have family members with special needs, this one-of-a-kind book is an absolute must-have as parents and other caregivers plan for the lasting financial security of their families.

Transforming the financial planning presentations they’ve given to families across the country into a thorough, easy-to-read resource, the well-known authors give parents a chronological guide for each stage from birth to adulthood. Parents will get comprehensive advice and strategies on how to address

  • financial factors—including mortgages and other expenses, insurance policies, investments, and savings
  • legal factors—such as conducting estate planning, weighing guardianship with less restrictive alternatives, and creating a Special Needs Trust to ensure a child's future
  • government factors—identifying and supplementing government benefits, such as residential services, supported employment, and respite care
  • family and support factors—such as the family’s values, the parents’ careers, sibling considerations, and contributions of extended family members
  • emotional factors—such as dealing with both positive and negative feelings, staying connected with others, and using strong emotions to fuel advocacy

Included are all the tools families need to create an effective action plan for their finances: planning checklists and forms, a helpful glossary of financial terms, “planning pointers” that help readers remember key points, and extended case studies dramatizing other families’ evolving challenges and solutions. Plus, the CD-ROM in the back of the book contains a helpful Financial Planning Timeline and a printable Letter of Intent that lets parents communicate key information, concerns, and desires to future caretakers.

A book parents will use for the rest of their lives, this guide is also a necessary addition to the reference library of every service provider.

Table of Contents

Contents of the Accompanying CD-ROM
About the Authors
Marty Wyngaarden Krauss

1. The Special Needs Planning Timeline
2. An Overview of Special Needs Planning
3. Practical Steps in the Planning Process
4. The Five Factors to Consider in Special Needs Planning
5. Planning for Stage I—Child’s Birth to Age 3
6. Planning for Stage II—Child's Ages 3–15
7. Planning for Stage III—Child's Ages 16–21
8. Planning for Stage IV—Children Age 22 and Beyond
9. Important Special Needs Planning Tools and Terminology

Appendix: Letter of Intent


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