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August '23 News, Updates & Events

In this Issue

President's Message

2023 Parent University Class 8: POA vs. Guardianship vs. Supported Decision Making - August 17

Catch up on Parent U Class 7 Now

What Is Supported Decision-Making?

Meet Braden Monahan

For Illinois Residents:

Medicaid EVV Update

Protected Tomorrows

In The News

Upcoming Events

President's Message

Dear Clients & Friends,

My sister Marcia was born with cerebral palsy, and there were many things she wasn't able to do. But she was blessed with a truly remarkable gift: the ability to live in the moment and find joy in the smallest things.

In my experience, many people with special needs share this gift—and we can learn from their example.

Caregiver Stress Syndrome is really a thing. Chances are, you know it too well. Especially if you are taking care of your loved one today, while planning how to protect their tomorrows.

This is a heroic act of love, but it’s an exhausting one, too. Somewhere in the middle, you need to take care of yourself.

So, make a point of enjoying these long, late-summer days. Carve out a few hours every so often just for yourself. To feed your body, mind and soul. To do something you love. To spend time with people who energize you.

This isn't self-indulgence; this is self-care. There's only one you. Take care of yourself!

Warmest regards,

Mary Anne Ehlert

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2023 Parent University Class 8: "Powers of Attorney vs. Guardianship vs. Supported Decision Making"

Thursday, August 17, 12-1PM CDT

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Planning for a loved one with special needs often involves choosing between one of three legal processes: power of attorney, guardianship, or supported decision making.

Attend our upcoming webinar, and find out how to choose the one that’s best for your family. Join us, as along with our guest speakers, we discuss:

  • What each of these are and the differences between them
  • What’s involved in implementing each process
  • How to determine which one is best in your situation

This is an important decision, so get the facts you need to choose wisely. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions—even those you may have been reluctant to ask.

"Powers of Attorney vs. Guardianship vs. Supported Decision Making"

Thursday, August 17, 12-1PM CDT

If you'd like the information, but can’t attend, register, and we’ll provide you with a link to the recorded video after the class.  

For Zoom security, when you register, you’ll receive an email with a link to the class and a passcode—which you’ll be asked to enter when you log-on. (To avoid disruption, we'll close the class at 12:05. If you’re late, you'll be able to watch the video later.) 

Registration is required. Click here to sign up!

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Missed Class 7, "Let's Meet Some Friendly Employers"?

View It Free until August 19!

If you missed last month's Parent University class, "Let's Meet Some Friendly Employers," you can watch it for free—but only for a short time. The video is available with our compliments until August 19. Just use the coupon code 2023pu7employed at checkout.

In this class, we discussed what types of companies hire individuals with disabilities…what they're looking for…and how to approach them. Our guest speakers—employers who hire workers with special needs—provided tips for preparing for interviews and beyond.


To watch it using the Coupon Code:

  • Click on the link below to access the class in our store
  • Add the class to your cart
  • Type in the above code at checkout
  • Click “Apply coupon”
Watch Here
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What Is Supported Decision Making?

Must-have Info for Parents Engaged in Special Needs Planning

Supported Decision Making (SDM) is a legal process that gives individuals with disabilities the power to make their own choices, provided they have appropriate support in place. It's an alternative to guardianship.

Last year, the state of Illinois passed the Supported Decision Making Act, which formally recognizes Supported Decision Making agreements. About a dozen states have similar laws in place.

We will be discussing Supported Decision Making in our August 17 class. If you’d like to learn more about it in advance, checkout this helpful article.

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Meet Braden Monahan

Braden Monahan joined Protect Tomorrows in 2023 after graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in finance, and a minor in informatics.

Braden previously worked for a children’s sports instruction company, where he helped dozens of individuals with disabilities with some of their first athletic and social experiences.

He is a devoted learner and listener looking for ways to help people secure their financial futures. Braden is currently preparing for the Series 65 exam, with hopes to move on to his CFP designation soon after. In his free time, Braden enjoys playing disc golf and playing with his elderly dog, Crosley.

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Illinois Residents: Update on Illinois Electronic Visit Verification

(set to start Sept. 1, 2023)

Illinois Medicaid’s latest Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements become effective on September 1, 2023. If your child receives Medicaid-funded personal care services (PCS) delivered by a live-in caregiver, it’s important to apply for an exemption to the rule.

You can find information about the program—along with the necessary EVV Live-in Caregiver Attestation Form—here. If you haven’t already, be sure to complete and submit the form now!

Protected Tomorrows in the News

People with disabilities face all kinds of hurdles—including access to higher education. Only 12.3% of Americans with disabilities who are 25 and older have four-year college degrees. 

Some of the barriers that students with physical disabilities face include inadequate transition services, inaccessibility, and of course…stereotyping. The good news is: there are so many ways to improve this--and it starts by raising awareness.

This is a subject that Mary Anne is passionate about, so she recently agreed to be interviewed on this important topic.

You can read the entire article here

This Is Where We Will Be in the Weeks Ahead...


Upcoming Events 2023

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August 17, 12-1 CDT

Parent University Class 8 - Online

"POA vs Guardianship vs. Supported Decision Making"


September 21, 12-1 CDT

Parent University Class 9 - Online

"Don't Stress Out: Finding Professionals to Help"


October 4, 6-8:30pm

"Your Journey Through Our 8-Step Planning Program"

Willow Creek Community Church,

67 Algonquin Rd., S. Barrington IL 60010

October 11, 6-8:30pm

Options Fair/Transitions Fair

York Community High School

344 W. St. Charles St., Elmhurst IL 60126

October 12, 12-1 CDT

Parent University Class 10 - Online

"Financial Planning for the Whole Family: Now & in the Future"


November 15, 6-8:30pm

Best Resource Fair: Transitions for the Future

Niles North High School

9800 Lawler Ave Skokie, IL

November 16, 12-1 CST

Parent University Class 11 - Online

"The Big Worry: Future Residential Options"

For more information on these events and our complete 2023 calendar, click here.

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