My sons future

Tonight I don’t really have an article but I just wanted to given an update on what I’ve been doing for my son. So last week I went to a Family Transition Support Group meeting over at St. Louis ARC and asked them about the ability of individuals to open up their own Special Needs Trust and they said she wasn’t aware of that.

Then tonight I first e-mailed my state treasurer to see what the status is regarding ABLE accounts here in Missouri and then e-mailed the Special School District here in St.Louis County to set up an appointment to talk some more about the options my son will have after he graduates this spring.

My next step is to look over the workshops for this semester and take or re-take any I feel I need too. For some strange reason when I went to that meeting last week, I felt sort of like I have a plan.

On a side note though, I recently wrote a post on the idea of building a tiny house for my son and I learned at the aforementioned meeting that Autism Speaks recently did some research on them. I printed something up the other day and I still need to read about that. There’s always something!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

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Supreme Court rules

For those of you who don’t follow the Supreme Court, there is a case that may affect those within the special abilities community and the case is Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.

Now I know for many of you, the legal world is full of mumble jumble, so instead I recommend the article entitled “What Watching the Endrew F. Supreme Court Case Taught Me About Nuance and FAPE” over at Understood via the The Inside Track blog by Amanda Morin. From a law librarian and parents perspective, it’s well worth the read.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian
 

A new twist to ABLE v. Special Needs Trust

I guess that title is just the law librarian coming out in me. It’s really not one versus the other but rather making them both equal. I’ve been thinking about when to create a Special Needs Trust because it’s something that my son wasn’t going to able to do (until now) except with an ABLE account.

Anyway, it turns out that according to this article entitled “New Law Expands Access To Special Needs Trusts” by Michelle Diament over at Disability Scoop, now he can.Okay Missouri, as well as, Alaska, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, time to get going on that ABLE account.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

Living alone, in a tiny home

I must say that I’ve read about this idea before but forgot about it until I came across this article tonight. It’s about your kids living on their own in a tiny home that’s actually still on your property.

The article here is entitled “Accessory Dwelling Offers Bridge To Independence” by Patty Hastings over at Disability Scoop and courtesy of The Columbian/TNS. I’ve also seen it for living with older family members.

Sincerely-

  

Autism Librarian

The more you know…

If I remember right, that’s a tag line for some commercial on television from years ago. Anyway, it’s what came to mind when I started thinking about this article, sort of that the more I read and learn about parents starting a business up for their child with special abilities, the more I think I should do that. If I just had the resources!

Anyway, the article is entitled “To build a future for their son, Dallas couple plan $12 million community for young adults with autism

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Life, Animated

So what seems like many years ago, I read the book Life, Animated  by Ron Suskind and now I see the movie is finally out on dvd. It’s definitely a movie I want to see. Check it out when you get the chance or better yet, read the book first and then go see the movie. Good stuff!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Leaders

Who knew (I certainly didn’t) that I would now talk about someone else who passed away last year. I think in part because I never knew she was an advocate for people with mental illness.

The article is entitled “The Big Shoes Carrie Fisher Left Us to Fill” by over at The Mighty. As the author states, we all need to Carrie on because if we don’t, who will?

Thank you Carrie!

   

Autism Librarian