School Years - Safety and Security
Questions Your Child Will Want You to Ask: Do I receive an “allowance” or have access to money? Are you giving me opportunities to decide how to spend money? Are you engaging in financial planning for my future? What does my school provide or pay for? Do you know what to do if my school district refuses a request or service solely on the basis of money? Will my school district pay for an independent evaluation? Does my school provide assistive technology to assist/support me?
Learning to Manage Money
National Disability Institute– the mission of NDI is to build a better economic future for Americans with disabilities. http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/Disability-Community/Financial-Literacy-Games.aspx
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability: Navigating the Road to Work—
The Special Needs Alliance – www.specialneedsalliance.org/– professional non profit group of attorneys that specialize in wealth/asset management and establishing Special Needs Trusts. They offer a free e-newsletter called, The Voice, with lots of information about the complexity of the trust while still protecting benefits. They also have a lookup feature to find an attorney in your area that specializes in Special Needs Trusts.
Special Needs Trust: The Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN) of CT is a non-profit organization that acts as a trustee for special needs trusts in Connecticut. www.planofct.org/
What will Schools Pay For
Disabilities Guidebook: Special education and Related Services– This Illinois guidebook provides a nice overview of the education services a school can provide to students with disabilities. http://www.illinoislegalaid.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.dsp_content&contentID=227