Early Childhood - Planning for the Future
Questions Your Child Will Want You to Ask:
Are you helping me learn to communicate my wants and needs to others? Is there any assistive technology that will assist me to improve my ability to communicate with others? Do you accept me as a child first , not just a child with a disability? Do you help me to communicate about my desires for the future. Would a MAPs, PATH, or other type of futures planning strategy help me to create a more desirable future? Do I get to participate in choice-making at home? Do you help me try new things? Do you help me to take reasonable risks? Am I expected to follow rules like any other child and experiences consequences when I don’t?
Communicating Wants and Needs
Communication Assistive Technology
Communication Desires About the Future
Life Course Planning
Finance & Benefits
Questions Your Child Will Want You to Ask: Are you helping me learn the importance of money? Do I have a savings account? Are you teaching me how to save for something I want to purchase? Will your health insurance cover my needs? Do you know if I qualify for special healthcare or disability services? Do you need help balancing paying for things I need with meeting our family’s financial obligations? Have you considered applying for services, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, Special Healthcare Needs, or Division of Developmental Disabilities? Do you know the qualifications and income guidelines for the various programs? Are you looking for community supports and resources? Do you know where to find affordable childcare for me?
Helping Young Children Understand the Importance of Money
Help Paying for HealthCare Services
Government Financial Assistance
Free or low cost health coverage for children under 19 and their Families www.huskyhealth.com
Medicaid (Title 19) (Insurance) – If you have SSI you can be automatically eligible via Dept. of Soc. Serv. 1-800-842-1508 - www.dss.state.ct.us
Katie Beckett Waiver (Insurance) – For severely disabled children up to age 18 not covered by the “traditional” Medicaid program, waives family income (800) 445-5394 (Press #3)
“Care 4 Kids” – Helping low to moderate Income families pay for childcare expenses 1-888-214-5437