ABLE Act & life insurance

This Thursday I will find out all that I ever wanted to know on the ABLE Act in the state of Missouri. This week, I started asking questions about what life insurance would work best for me and my family.

In turn, I had the good fortune yesterday to find out from a co-worker that where I work (the federal government) will be offering life insurance to families for the first time since I started working there in 2005.

Along with that, I’ve been e-mailing the author of F.A.M.I.L.Y. Autism Guide: Your Financial Blueprint for Autism, Mr.¬†Greg Zibricky, to discuss my options for life insurance. Both just¬† pieces to the puzzle. All in all, it’s been a good week.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

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Sleep & behavior & autism

For my son at least, this article tells me nothing new. What it does suggest, is that maybe I need to get him a larger dose of melatonin. He takes only one mg while I take 500 mcg?! On second thought, I need to find out the difference between mg and mcg.

Okay, the answer is, 1000 mcg = 1mg. So in fact, he’s taking more than I am. I guess the next question for me to ask (which is for tomorrow) will be, how much we should each be taking?

Anyway, before I forget, the article is entitled “Autism Behavior Problems May Be Linked To Poor Sleep” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop. Speaking of sleep, I need to get to bed. So many questions, so little time.

Sleep tight!

  

Autism Librarian

ABLE act in Missouri

So yesterday I signed up for a workshop on the ABLE act here in Missouri through the St. Louis Arc, a group here in Missouri that supports family member with special abilities (or as they say on their website, intellectual and developmental disabilities).

While the handout says that ABLE accounts are not yet available, I’m looking at this as a way to prepare for when they are. I also need to look back at my notes on Social Security and SSI to make sure I do whats best for my son.

FYI, I just discovered that St. Louis Arc is also having a Family Resource Market in April where we have 15 minute one-on-one discussions with various groups including Social Security and SSI. Good to know.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

F.A.M.I.L.Y.

For anyone with a child/adult with special abilities, there is nothing really more important than family. That’s why I just requested the book F.A.M.I.L.Y. Autism Guide: Your Financial Blueprint for Autism.

Now while I don’t have the book, I just finished reading a handout by the author of the book, Greg Zibricky and if the book is anything like the handout, it should be a good read. I must admit, at this point, it’s been one of the best resources I’ve come across yet.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Shopping, a family affair

Shopping is one of those things that can be difficult when you have a kid with special abilities. Well, it seems Target is taking a leap forward in trying to accommodate these families.

Check out this article entitled “Target Offering Carts For Shoppers With Special Needs” by Aimee Blanchette at Disability Scoop via the Star Tribune. Little by little, one step at a time.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

Finding the sun

Now I’ve been following this story for a little while, about Sheltered Workshops and how states are looking at alternatives. Well, anyway, it looks like at least the state of Minnesota is headed that way. I think that I need to reach out to my local state representative to find out what Missouri is doing.

In fact, I know a local store owner (whose son is also autistic) that I’m going to get in touch with in part because we had a discussion about the Sheltered Workshops a few weeks ago and how they pay so little. After I do that, I’ll let you know what happens.

Oh yea, the article I read today about these is entitled “States Developing Alternatives To Sheltered Workshops” by Chris Serres via the Star-Tribune and over at Disability Scoop. I also need to talk to my state representative about ABLE accounts. So much to do and so little time but at least I feel motivated.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Planning for the future

Tonight, I finally got around to working again on planning for my son’s future. It’s taken a while but I finally feel like I have a plan and some directions as to where to go. Tomorrow I plan to start making calls.

I also have begun writing down questions to ask various organizations and people to help me flush out more of those plans and the details they include. It sort of feels like I finally turned the light on in a dark room and now I can begin to see what I have.

You know, as I uploaded this post, I realized that last weekend we went to where we took that picture above (along the Meramec River) and I because of our floods late last year, that river looks so much different. Helps me keeps things in perspective.

Good Night!

  

Autism Librarian

Boys to men

In the past few years more research has begun to be done on girls with autism and the apparent differences between the boys and girls. Now it appears there are differences even between boys and men.

This according to the article entitled “Study reveals subtle brain differences in men with autism” over at Medical Xpress and courtesy of Kings College London. So the next question undoubtedly will be, what are the differences between girls and women?

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian