Mon - Thurs: 9:00am - 5:00pm | Fri: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Planning for the Future (February 15, 2024)

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9:00 – 10:45 am – “Special Needs Estate & Future Planning”

Presented by Brian Rubin, JD & Benjamin Rubin, JD, LLM, Rubin Law
This session will cover the who, what, where, when, why and how of Government Benefits, including SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, and Medicare. Brian and Benji breakdown what’s needed with Future Planning for you and your family with topics including: types of and appropriate uses of Special Needs Trusts; necessary provisions in other estate planning documents, such as Wills, Lining Trusts and Powers of Attorney; Gifting by grandparents and extended family members; the impact of divorce and child support on government benefits; the impact of litigation settlements on government benefits; determining the appropriate amount to leave; ABLE Accounts pros and cons; Guardianship and the
Alternatives including Supported Decision Making and Powers of Attorney; selecting and providing guidance, education, and information for the “Future Team”, the future Trustees, Guardians, Care Provides; among many other topics.

10:45 – 11:00 am – Break

11:00 am – 12:15 pm – “Planning for the future of your child/young adult living with a disability!”

Presented by Shirley Perez and Ruth Aguilar, The Arc of Illinois Ligas Family Advocate Program

When planning for the needs of your child with a disability, it is important to think carefully about their life goals as well as their ongoing health needs before putting a plan in place. Just like you and I, their needs change! Learn about some things that you should consider: PUNS, Children Support Waiver

12:15 – 1:15 pm – “Facilitating Student Engagement in Transition and IEP Development”
presented by Megan Mutti, Family Matters Parent Training Center
Fully including students in the transition process starts long before transition officially begins! Join us to discuss strategies to improve student engagement and leadership in the IEP process. The presentation will focus on tools to increase student involvement, community resources focused on self-advocacy and leadership, and ensuring IEP team support for student-led meetings.


Family/self-advocate stipends are available. (Stipends are not available for professionals receiving CEUs.) Call 815.464.1832 or email to apply.

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