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November '23 News, Updates & Events

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In This Issue

President's Message: Practicing Gratitude

2023 Parent University Class 11: "The Big Worry: Future Residential Options" - November 16

Catch up on Parent University Class 10: "Financial Planning for the Whole Family: Now and In The Future"

In the News: Learning to Save Webinars

A Place of Their Own: What Does Home Mean to Special-Needs Individuals?

2 Great Events You'll Want to Know About

Upcoming Events

President's Message

November brings with it two big opportunities for us all to practice gratitude.

November 10th is Veterans Day, when we as Americans express our thanks to the men and women who have worn the uniform in service to their country. To all the Veterans in our Protected Tomorrows community, thank you for your service.

And we have Thanksgiving coming up on November 23rd. Yes, there will be family get-togethers, turkey and football, but I hope we will all take a few moments to practice gratitude, which has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety and improve mood.

And it’s easy for adults and kids. Notice the good things surrounding you. Savor and appreciate them. Express your thanks by writing them down or sharing them with someone else.

I wish you all a peaceful and positive Thanksgiving!

Warmest regards,

Mary Anne Ehlert

2023 Parent University Class 11: "The Big Worry: Future Residential Options"

Thursday, November 16, Noon-1 p.m. (central time)

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Families often tell us that this is their biggest worry. Where will my child live and when, how much it will cost, and most importantly, who will provide the oversight?

Our panelists will give us insights as to the steps to take, how to think about starting, is it ever too early or too late, and finally how to involve the whole family and the Dream Team in this process. We’ll develop a tool together to identify the starting point of identifying the most appropriate housing option and the most important things to look for in your own situation.

"The Big Worry: Future Residential Options"

Thursday, November 16, Noon-1 p.m. (central time)

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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Catch Up on Class 10, "Financial Planning for the Whole Family: Now & In the Future"

View It Free Until November 17!

If you missed our October Parents University session, it's available for free using coupon code 2023pu10plan.

We discussed the fact that different family members have different financial planning needs. We have to take care of ourselves, our family, sometimes our extended family, and we have to do it during our working years, our retired years and even beyond our lifetime.

We need to know how to fit all of this into our planningthink about Social Security differently, build our portfolio differently and thoroughly understand the insurance we need or don’t need. The whole planning process can be overwhelming, but taking one step at a time leads to progress.


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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In the News

Free "Learning to Save" Webinar Held on Oct. 19


As seen in The Daily Herald

Ehlert Financial Group in Lincolnshire is launching a series of "Learning to Save" webinars starting Oct. 19 and continuing into 2024.

"Parents nearing retirement are thinking about estate planning and leaving their money to the kids but finding their children know very little about the subject," said Mary Anne Ehlert of Ehlert Financial Group. "We were lucky. Our parents taught us to save. And it's not just teenagers. They could be 30 and not have a clue."

The first session is about cash flow. A sample cash flow and detailed explanation will be provided during the class, along with helpful tips.

"We teach them to pull out a piece of paper or start entering in a spreadsheet," Ehlert says. "Get your paycheck and your bills, and write down your expenses. Some are easy, like rent, utilities and student loan payments -- they're the low-hanging fruit."

Once they have a handle on their cash flow, young people have to decide how much to save for emergencies, she added.

The free webinars begin at 7 p.m. Registration is required. Sessions will be recorded and sent to participants.

2 more "Learning to Save" webinars are coming in 2024!

  • Class #2 "Investment Choices - What Are the Differences?" February 13, 2024, 7-8 p.m. central

  • Class #3 "Powers of Attorney - What Do They Mean?" May 14, 2024, 7-8 p.m. central

Registration is required

For information email Barb Gier at Ehlert Financial Group

A place of their own

What does "home" mean for special-needs individuals?

Our November Parents University session is on securing the right residential option for a loved one with intellectual or developmental disabilities. It's a major concern for parents, especially as their children reach their 20s and 30s.

To gain some context and perspective to this important question in advance of our November 16 Zoom session, here are some videos and resources you may find enlightening.

Kathryn's Father on Lessons Learned

James McCarten, dad to a daughter with autism, discovers that Kathryn isn't the only one who has to learn new skills if she is going to live on her own. He and his wife, Diane, have to change some of their behaviors, too.

Read here

"Disabled Storytellers Share What Home Means to Them"

The Center for Public Integrity published several videos of special-needs adults talking about the idea of home. A young woman who moved to a condo discusses how she needs to take care of herself and manage her time.

Watch here

Don't Miss These Informative Presentations

Empowering Parents to Protect Their Children on Devices, Social Media and Gaming Platforms

Monday, November 13, 4:30 p.m.

Wheaton North High School, 701 Thomas Road, Wheaton, IL 60187

Hosted by Community United School District 200

Retired Naperville detective Richard Wistocki, a nationally recognized cybercrime specialist, will present proactive strategies, expert insights and invaluable resources to empower parents to combat cyberbullying, vaping and sexting. Topics will include:

  • Understanding cybercrime and that “no one online is anonymous"
  • Appropriate protocols when someone discloses issues of cyberbullying, sexting or sextortion
  • How to report criminal cyberbullying
  • The dangers of many popular apps
  • How internet investigations are conducted using subpoenas and search warrants
  • Social media laws regarding harassment, cyberstalking and impersonation
  • How to protect your “digital footprint” and understand what it means to your future

For more information, contact Erica Loiacono, director of community engagement & communications, at 630-682-2469 or [email protected].

Spinal-Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Virtual Resource Fair - Online

Tuesday, November 14, 6 p.m. central)

During the first-ever Cure SMA Virtual Resource Fair, Cure SMA staff will outline the valuable information and resources they have available for the SMA community. Topics will include:

  • Cure SMA’s resource guides, such as:
  •  Accessible Vehicle Guide
  •  Accessible Travel Guide
  •  Home Modifications Guide
  • Cure SMA’s Care Series booklets
  • Care and Support packages
  • Cure SMA’s equipment pool
  • Summit of Strength Program
  • Cure SMA Chapters

…and much more!

Parents of children with SMA shouldn't miss this opportunity to be guided through all of Cure SMA’s resources and ask questions.

Cure SMA is a national advocacy and awareness organization headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Learn more.

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


Upcoming Events 2023 - 2024

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All times are Central



November 15, 6-8:30pm

Best Resource Fair: Transitions for the Future

Niles North High School

9800 Lawler Ave Skokie, IL 60077

November 16, noon to 1 p.m.

Parent University Class 11 - Online

"The Big Worry: Future Residential Options"


December 7, noon-1 p.m.

Parent University 12 - Online

"Wrap Up: Did You Get Real?"


February 13, 7-8 p.m.

Learning to Save Class #2 "Investment Choices - What Are the Differences?" - Online

February 23, 12:30 p.m.

"Government Benefits"

Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Dr, Lincolnshire, IL 60069

For more information on these events and

our complete calendar, click here.

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