Happy April!
It's World Autism Month
April is World Autism Month! Clancy & Associates would like to celebrate all of our clients and loved ones who have autism.

Get involved by joining Autism Speaks' "Kindness Campaign" which urges acceptance, understanding and inclusion with daily acts of kindness. We encourage you to share your family's story, whether in conversation or on social media. The more we can teach others, the more acceptance, understanding and support those with autism will receive.

This month, we want to share the dates of several presentations and school fairs, and tell you about other helpful resources. "The Future Begins Today" school fair in Palatine on April 26th marks one of the first in-person transition fair in 3 years. We strongly recommend attending this fair if your child is in high school - it's a great opportunity to gather a wide variety of resources and learn more about programs and services all in less than 2 hours. Please be sure to stop by our table and say hi!

💬 Around the Office...
Last month, we received our annual special delivery of shamrock "Birdie Tweets" for St. Patrick’s Day, courtesy of Caroline O'Hara.

She makes birdseed into shapes to hang in trees. Considering a purchase for Easter or Passover, or any other upcoming holiday? Birdie Tweets come in a variety of seasonal shapes. Check out BirdieTweets.org. Caroline donates a portion of her profits to senior centers and other non-profits. Keep up the awesome work Caroline! We are rooting for you!
📢 Upcoming Events
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (IN PERSON)

Location: Palatine High School (1111 N. Rohlwing Road, Palatine, Illinois 60074)

You won't want to miss this! The Future Begins Today Fair is an annual event hosted by Township High School District 211, High School District 214, Barrington Community Unit School District 220, and Northwest Suburban Special Education Organization. If your child is in high school, this is the fair for you.

Attend this in-person fair to meet and greet adult service providers, colleges for those with special needs, agencies, therapy providers, and community resource agencies. You won't regret attending! This fair is perfect for parents of teens with developmental disabilities and mental health needs. Learn more about this event.
Legal and Financial Planning for the Special Needs Family
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 (VIRTUAL)

How can you plan for and protect your teen's access to governmental benefits, programs and services? Is your child's 18th birthday just around the corner? Our firm has partnered with Niles Township District for Special Education #807 to guide you through the essentials of special needs and transition planning, government benefits, and financial planning for the special needs family.

This FREE virtual seminar will be available at two times:
11:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Online Resource

This year's formal resource fair has been cancelled. Instead, Indian Prairie School District 204 & Naperville Community Unit District 203 have created the "2022 Adult Service & Support Provider Directory". This website is a valuable resource for parents to be able to access anytime though the year. Bookmark it!

Thank you to Turning Pointe Autism Foundation for hosting our presentations on April 13th! If you missed it, be sure to check out the other presentations and school fairs above.

We love educating the community and providing helpful resources. If you are interested in having our team speak at your organization, please click here or the button below to fill out the contact form on our website.

Be sure to check out our Events Page regularly for more events.

👋 Client Spotlight
"The transition to adulthood for someone with special needs is especially challenging. Katie Clancy and her team at Clancy & Associates were able to thoroughly explain and help with a multitude of concerns including estate planning, wills, and a special needs trust.

My husband and I greatly appreciated Katie's insight and compassion in planning and preparing for the future needs of our child”​
- Linda P.

📰 Legal News
Should a special needs trust (SNT) trustee be paid, and, if so, how much? It depends. The demands on a trustee can vary widely, depending on the size and complexity of the trust. Read more here.
The White House has announced several measures to help people with disabilities navigate the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, following criticism that the government has ignored those with special needs during the crisis. Learn more.
😊 Hope you had a Happy Easter and Happy Passover and enjoyed your time with family!
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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