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Special Needs Events 2017-2018 Agenda

  • Location: 6200 Bridgepoint Parkway Building IV, Second Floor (take a right off the elevator and main room will be immediately on the left) Austin, Texas 78730
  • Time: 11:30 - 1:00 pm
  • Fees: Complimentary
  • RSVP: by following the link to register or visit specialneedsforum.org

 

May 10th Special Needs Forum Event CANCELED - Please stay tuned for our 2018-2019 event schedule

Past Special Needs Forum Events:

Friday April 20, 2018 – 9:00 to 2:30 pm
Residential Choices: Central Texas's Best Options This event will be held at Marbridge - Please look on Special Needs Forum website for more details 

This year, we will bring even more options together that will allow you to determine which ones may fit your family's specific needs.  This session is not only for those currently deciding on residential options, but for those who are planning years in advance.  Come and network at this well attended event.
 

Thursday March 8, 2018 – 11:30 to 1:00pm
How Much Savings Do I Need to Help Provide for my Child’s Lifetime?  

Many people with a child with special needs are concerned and want to know how much savings is needed to ensure their child is cared for a lifetime. Learn from professional financial advisors about how much savings and social security your child will require.

Thursday February 8, 2018 – 11:30 to 1:00pm
SSI: You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers  

We’ll discuss how to get started with your Supplemental Security Income application and review the steps along the process.  Understand the vital importance of why this needs to be done as soon as your child obtains age 18.  We are very fortunate to have a coordinator from the Central Texas Social Security office lead this presentation.

Thursday January 11, 2018 - 11:30 to 1:00pm
Special Needs Trust 

You’ve heard of special needs trusts, but what are they and why do you need one?  What is the difference between a Special Needs Trust and an ABLE account?  How does a special needs trust work on conjunction with government benefits?  We’ll answer these questions and many more about the workings of a Special Needs Trust. 

Thursday November 9, 2017 – 11:30 to 1:00pm 
What to Expect when Applying for Your Child to Move to a Residential Community?

Various living arrangements are out there for adults with special needs.  What types of things can you expect when you apply for your child to move to a new residential community?  We’ll have the admissions coordinators from a number of different central-Texas-based residential communities on hand to answer questions.

Thursday October 12, 2017 – 11:30 to 1:00pm
Panel of Special Ed Experts
 
Experts from the special education departments of Austin ISD, Eanes ISD, Leander ISD, Georgetown ISD and Round Rock ISD will be here to answer questions many parents have along their child’s special needs school journey.

Thursday September 14, 2017 – 11:30 to 1:00 pm
Guardianship and Alternatives at age 18
 
What happens legally when your child turns age 18 and becomes a legal adult?  What options are available to allow you to continue to help your adult child make the best medical, educational and care decision?  Learn about legal guardianships, who a guardianship it right for and the various less-restrictive alternatives. 

Thursday April 27, 2017 - 11:30 to 1:00 pm
Putting it all Together: The 10 Important Steps to Take to Build a Fortress of Protection for your Child
Do you ever go to a seminar thinking you will go away with all the answers only to feel even more overwhelmed when you leave? This session reviews everything we have discussed over the past year. We will review the 10 most important and manageable steps you will need to take to build a fortress of protection for your child. 

Thursday May 18, 2017 - 11:30 to 1:00 pm
Residential Choices: Central Texas's Best Options
Central Texas's best options for residential choices. This year, we will bring even more options together that will allow you to determine which ones may fit your family's specific needs. This session is not only for those currently deciding on residential options, but for those who are planning years in advance. Come and network at this well attended event.

Thursday March 30, 2017 - 11:30 - 1:00 pm
Savings: How much do I need? What are the best tools? Is a 529-ABLE account a good option?
Many people with a child with special needs are concerned and want to know how much savings is needed to ensure their child is cared for. Learn how much savings and social security your child will require in order to support them for a lifetime. Learn more about the "Achieving a Better Life Experience" Act of 2014. Is an ABLE account right for your family? Where do you set one up? We'll break it down and provide ABLE Act resources

Thursday October 27, 2017 - 9:30 to 12:00 pm
Panel of Experts
Experts from the special education departments of AISD, Eanes ISD, Georgetown ISD and Round Rock ISD will be here to answer questions many parents have along their child's special needs school journey.

Thursday November 17, 2016 - 10:00 to 12:00 pm
Building a Good Life for Our Children with Special Needs
Rosemary Alexander, founder of Texas Parent to Parent will talk about how to put a care team together for your loved one with special needs.

Thursday February 23, 2017 -11:30 to 1:00 pm
How a Special Needs Trust Works
You've heard of Special Needs Trusts, but how do they work? What kind of distributions can you make from a Special Needs Trust to ensure a beneficiary isn't disqualified from government benefits? Who should be the the trustee of your Special Needs Trust? We'll answer these questions and many more about the workings of a Special Needs Trust.