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Financial Planning Tool Kit

All parents worry about their children’s futures. But for parents of children with special needs, the worry can be even bigger.

Mapping out your child’s financial future can seem daunting but having a plan can help ease your fears.

This tool kit will provide you with essential information and guidance to develop a plan.

The information included comes from top experts in the field. We have also included some personal stories from other parents or caregivers like you.

Topics include:

  • Accessing Funding Through State and Federal Programs 
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Financial Products & Instruments Used in Planning
  • ABLE Accounts: A Savings Tool for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Finding the Right Professional
  • The Basics of Budgeting: A Step in the Right Direction
  • Financial Assistance

Autism Speaks would like to thank The SunTrust Foundation for their generous contribution to fund the development of the Special Needs Financial Planning Tool Kit.

A Note from The SunTrust Foundation

The SunTrust Foundation is dedicated to the company’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial empowerment, but also include education, health and human services, civic improvement and cultural growth. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $100 million throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

The SunTrust Foundation is proud to partner with Autism Speaks and sponsor this comprehensive toolkit to serve as a guide for financial and legal resources available for parents of children with special needs. You’ve taken the first step to learn more about these resources. For more resources and support as you plan for the future, Autism Speaks is here to help. Contact the Autism Response Team at 888-288-4762 (en Español 888-772-9050) or familyservices@autismspeaks.org.

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