Planning and Advice

Guardianship and Developmental Disabilities

Surrogate Decision Making for People with Developmental Disabilities

Improve Your Special Needs Financial Planning

The Hidden Financial Costs of Having a Child with Special Needs: Part Two

Hidden Financial Costs of Special Needs

The Hidden Financial Costs of Having a Child with Special Needs: Part One

Who Are Student Rights Advocates?

Student Rights Advocates (SRA) works to protect student rights and ensure excellence in public education, particularly for those children who have special needs. Co-founder Debbie Papaj talks about her work and who might benefit from having an advocate on their side.

SN: Debbie, can you explain a bit about the work that you do? Who comes to you for help?

Merrill Lynch Debuts Special Needs Calculator

Merrill Lynch has developed a financial calculator exclusively designed for families of children with special needs. This tool helps families structure their finances by factoring the costs of assistive equipment for homes, such as wheelchair ramps, roll-in showers, and adapted vehicles for transport. The calculator also considers a child’s ongoing needs, including replacement costs for equipment, physical therapy and even travel expenses for medical care.

Susie Bean Helps Families with Special Needs

Dr. R. Layla Salek knows firsthand the financial strain that families experience when struggling to help a loved one with mental illness or autism. As the daughter of a mother diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Dr. Salek ‘s passion for working with children with mental illness started very young. She has also worked with children with autism spectrum disorders since 2001.

Special Education Advocates

When a parent of a special needs child becomes increasingly frustrated, experiencing roadblocks in their efforts to intercede with their child’s school to access educational supports and services for their child, a consultation with a Special Education Advocate should be considered.

Special Education Advocates

When a parent of a special needs child becomes increasingly frustrated, experiencing roadblocks in their efforts to intercede with their child’s school to access educational supports and services for their child, a consultation with a special education advocate should be considered.