For almost 40 years, the Autism Society has marked the month of April as Autism Awareness Month across the nation in an effort to educate the public about autism. If you have an autistic child, Autism Awareness Month is an excellent time to review your estate plan to be sure that your child’s future is protected.
Experts tell us that the number of people diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, continues to grow at an alarming rate. Today, as many as one in 88 children are diagnosed with ASD. ASD is actually a group of developmental disorders that affect an individual’s ability to communicate and interact with others. As a spectrum disorder, no two people exhibit the same symptoms. For some, ASD manifests in nothing more than social awkwardness and developmental delays; however, for those at the other end of the spectrum, ASD can result in the need for around the clock care for life. If your child or grandchild falls into the latter group, special needs planning takes on heightened importance.
Special needs planning can ensure that your assets and resources are not depleted while your child still receives much needed care. More importantly, a comprehensive special needs plan will allow you to sleep better knowing that if something happens to you, your child will still continue to receive the proper care and attention that he or she deserves despite the fact that you are no longer there to provide it yourself.
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