Category Archives: Special Needs

Book Review: “Moving Out A Family Guide to Residential Planning…”

Moving Out – A Family Guide to Residential Planning for Adults with Disabilities is a wonderful resource for families exploring living options for their loved ones. Written by Dafna Krouk-Gordon, the founder and president of TILL, Inc., and special needs attorney Barbara Jackins, the book is a wealth of information in an easily understandable format.

The Chapters cover the types of residential options that are available, how you and your child can prepare for their independence, the financial aspects of moving out, how to work best with the staff at the residence and troubleshoot any issues that may come up, as well as your continuing role in your child’s life and how to make the arrangement can continue even after you are gone.

It has a wonderful appendix with examples of job postings for residential staff (if you are going to set up your own residence), a checklist of what your child will need,  sample house rules, safety assessments, even pictures of group homes.

If you think your child may one day want or need to live independently, this book is a great place to start to help you both get ready.

When You Are Having Trouble Choosing a Guardian for Your Child With Special Needs

When I am working with clients who have minor children, or children with special needs, the conversation always includes talk of potential guardians. For minor children the guardian would need to serve until the children turned 18. For children with special needs, depending on their abilities, they might need a guardian for their entire life.… Continue Reading

What Can Special Needs Trust Funds Be Spent On?

A frequent concern with parents of special needs children who have set up a special needs trust for that child is making sure that the child gets the most use out of the money. The limitations put on the expenditures by Social Security and other regulations can sometimes make parents or other family trustees hesitant… Continue Reading

Friendship Home – A Resource For Individuals With Developmental Disabilities

I recently spoke to a group of parents at the Friendship Home in Norwell about planning for their children who have developmental disabilities.  Friendship Home opened in 2010 and provides respite care, day programs, job training, travel opportunities and family support. They also provide companion services and peer support groups. As their website says: Friendship… Continue Reading

Should You Have Co-Guardians?

When thinking about pursuing guardianship over a family member with special needs who is unable to care for themselves, many families wonder whether they should appoint co-guardians, so that there is someone in place if something happens to one of the guardians. Here are some of the benefits to having co-guardians: Someone is available if… Continue Reading

Resource For Parents of Children With Special Needs

My Texas colleague, Pamela Parker, has written a workbook for parents to help you create a “personal instruction manual for your special needs child.” As Pamela writes, the workbook helps parents provide information about their special needs child to future caregivers and trustees. By using the charts and answering the questions in this workbook, parents… Continue Reading