May 2023
May is for Mothers
A Mother's Playground
At Clancy & Associates, we get to meet lots of impressive mothers who blow us away with their dedication. Meet our client Peg Chaidez, who developed the idea for the "Dream Build Play Experience" after watching her son Owner's wheelchair get stuck on the playground's wood chips one too many times. Peg was determined to build a playground that all kids could wheel around freely and still be safe for all. Can you believe she has now spearheaded and collaborated on ten area playgrounds!?
Since the opening of Owen's Playground in 2016, Peg and the Dream Build Play Experience team have helped to bring inclusive playgrounds to many other grateful communities. You can watch the Chaidez Family's whole story of hope here: The Sweetest Gift: Living with Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Congratulations, Peg, on your many accomplishments, and thank you for making so many playgrounds accessible for all! Happy Mother's Day to all mothers and caregivers!Text Link
Owen Chaidez at the opening of Owen's playground
📢 Upcoming Events and Resources
"Legal and Financial Planning for the Special Needs Family"
hosted by Turning Pointe Autism Foundation (Virtual)

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Planning for your child's future can be overwhelming! Our Firm's presentation will walk you through the basics of Special Needs Planning - guardianship, special needs trusts and financial planning tools. The presentation will be offered on Zoom only.

Giant Steps Resource Fair and Parent Workshops (In Person)

Saturday, May 6, 2023 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
11:15 AM - Clancy & Associates presents "Legal and Financial Planning for the Special Needs Family". This fair and presentation are open to the public.

See the flyer for more information.

Address: Giant Steps, 2500 Cabot Drive, Lisle, IL
"Legal and Financial Planning for the Special Needs Family"
hosted by Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Transition Center (Virtual)

Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Clancy & Associates presents for Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Transition Program. Ever wonder... What is Healthcare Transition to Adult Care? Will my child need a guardian or formal decision-making help at 18? Get information on these matters and more at this virtual event.

Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
10:30 AM and11:15 AM - Clancy & Associates presents "Legal Planning - Trusts and Guardianship"

Join the LWSRA for their annual Ability Awareness Fair welcoming multiple service providers. Vendors range from therapy centers and residential living facilities to state funding resources and advocacy groups.

See the flyer for more information.

Address: Lincolnway Special Recreation Center, 1900 Heather Glen Dr., New Lenox, IL
Be sure to check out our Events Page regularly for newly scheduled events.
News You Can Use!
Group home settings allow residents to receive extra support in a community setting without sacrificing their independence.
Credit cards offer a way for the trustee of a special needs trust to avoid giving a beneficiary cash while at the same time not serving as the beneficiary's designated shopper.
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who meet certain criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration may be able to secure public benefits.
News Around the Office
The Clancy & Associates Kids at Work!

On April 27, the Moms of Clancy & Associates celebrated "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day" with discussions of inclusion and invisible disabilities over pizza and cookies. Maybe these smart kids will follow in our footsteps one day! They impressed us with their empathy and curiosity!
Planning for individuals with special needs and their families.
Clancy & Associates, Ltd. is Illinois's only full-service special needs planning law firm dedicated to supporting individuals with special needs and their families. Our mission is to help families protect and empower their loved ones with a disability through streamlined, comprehensive planning. We use our innovative full-service approach to both identify opportunities and secure solutions and benefits for our clients at our Firm. We “keep watch” for families so they can attend to the daily priorities of their loved one’s life and leave the legal planning to us.
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