Supported Decision-Making for Individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities 

What Is Supported Decision-Making?  Almost all adults ask friends, family members, or coworkers for ideas and advice on a regular basis. Any time you need to make a decision, and you want help to better understand your … [Read more...]

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529s and ABLE Accounts Get a Major Boost 

Age of disability for ABLE accounts will increase from 26 to 46. Unused 529 accounts can be rolled into a Roth IRA. Q. I have two children. One is an adult child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and another is a lot … [Read more...]

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Should All Children Be Tested for Autism? 

Q. I heard that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has become even more prevalent than before. Why is this happening? With ASD being as common as it is, should all children be tested for it, as they are for other things?Also, with … [Read more...]

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Does My Infant Grandson Have an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Q. My daughter and son-in-law both work full-time, and I watch my 9-month old grandson, Caden, every day during the week. My daughter takes me with her to his doctor’s appointments, where they provide us with CDC guidelines for … [Read more...]

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FDA Approves an Accurate Test for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Q. I am in my mid 50’s and sometimes I think I am on the Autism Spectrum, though I was never formally diagnosed. I experience anxiety in social situations, avoid eye contact whenever I can, and am fixated on certain things. I … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Is there a Link Between Alzheimer’s and Down Syndrome?

Dear Oakley,My neighbor has Down Syndrome. I read somewhere that there is a link between Down Syndrome and Alzheimer’s. Is this true and if so, what research is being done?Thanks!Khan Nexion---Dear … [Read more...]

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How Can ABLE Accounts and Special Needs Trusts Work Together?

Q. Our son, Joey, has Down’s Syndrome. We decided it was a good idea to plan in advance for him for when we can no longer care for him ourselves. We have been researching our options and found information on Special Needs Trusts … [Read more...]

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Critter Corner: Caregivers May be Eligible for COVID Vaccine

Dear Hayek, I am a caregiver for my mother and my two special needs children (one has an intellectual disability and the other has autism). In my role, I feel it is really important to get the COVID vaccine. Is there any way to … [Read more...]

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How Having a Special Needs Loved One Affects Estate Planning and Retirement Planning

Q. Our daughter, Sophie, has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is verbal, but needs lots of help academically and with her social skills. She may not be able to live independently when she becomes an adult. When it comes to … [Read more...]

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Why Special Needs Planning Is Even More Important During a Pandemic (Part 4 of a 4-part Series)

In what was originally a three-part series, I have decided to add one more essential part about special needs planning and why it’s especially important during a pandemic. In part one of this series, I discussed why estate … [Read more...]

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