If you are an administrator, teacher, a member of a parent group, or otherwise, as you know, it can be great to bring in a speaker to present to your members.
So who do you pick?
The good news is there are a lot more great choices than there were back in 1981 when I wrote the first book in the country about planning for the future security of a child with a disability.
All I can say is that having grown up with my older brother, Jon, who is dual-diagnosed with a cognitive disability and mental illness, I speak the same language as parents who have a child with a disability or professionals in the field. We’ve had similar life experiences.
I speak to all kinds of groups, big and small -- everything from Public Television to disability organizations on a national, state, and local level, as well as school and parent groups. I provide seminars and workshops for parents as well as for attorneys, financial planners, accountants, and other professionals in the disability field. A long time ago, Protective Life Insurance Company hired me to train their agents all across in the country in this field.
Whether I'm speaking for Public Television, or to the National Association for Down Syndrome (NADS) or the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Financial Planning Association of Illinois (FPA-Illinois), or to a local school district, I try to explain and demonstrate complex legal topics in a way that are not only easy to understand, but actually compelling and fun.
I won’t be boring. As you well know, we’re not talking about boring legal stuff. We are talking about what can parents do now to provide security for their child with a disability who may live decades after the parent dies. It’s no small task. It’s vital. The opposite of boring.
When it comes to issues like estate planning, Special Needs Trusts, Guardianship issues, advocacy, or government benefits, a clear understanding sets the groundwork for the long-term security of your child with a disability.
I’m big on Q and A., but I won’t let any one person go on too long.
For most local speaking, there’s no charge.
A few unsolicited reviews.
"I just wanted to thank you once again for being part of our Parent Boot Camp and making such a big contribution to the success of the day. Your presentation was the best attended of the day, with a few parents coming just for it. It was very well rated by those who attended, and the comments were:
"Thank you for coming to Buffalo Grove High School and speaking with the Autism team. We greatly appreciate all of the wonderful information. It is clear you are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the topic. Thank you for sharing with us."
"Loved it! Props, stories, music, visuals all helped make it interesting and very, very informative." Shelly Pinkoski
There is no way that I can adequately express appreciation for the workshop that you provided for the parents and students with disabilities in Boone County. Your knowledge of the field of will and trusts was amazing and the manner in which you presented your material was not only informative, but very entertaining.
"Thank you for a most informative and heartfelt presentation. You really understand the dilemma we face with this particular population. Everyone was very impressed with your level of expertise." Teri Dudasik, PASSAGE (Adult Autism Community)
"Just a quick note of thanks for your participation in last week's Friday Forum. We think that it was one of our best seminars yet and we really appreciate the gift of your time and expertise!
"This answered so many overwhelming questions that I had -- it really helped." Crystal Wallner
"It was great! I don't have a special needs child, but as a special educator I wanted to know about the legal issues." Kathleen Vang
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