In this Issue: 
President's Message  
Introducing...Protected Tomorrows Newest Offerings
FYI - New Medicare Cards Coming This Month
Amazing Inspirational People
This is Where We Will Be...

President's Message:
Dear Clients and Friends,

Ahh, Spring is here! Although weather here in Chicago doesn't quite seem like Spring yet, I still feel blessed as I see the many challenges other areas of the country and the world have faced this past season. We are so fortunate to have the moderating weather in this area and can look forward to Spring's approach.

As I have promised you in the last few issues, I'm excited to announce the new services we are offering to both families and professionals. Over the past 29 years, we have provided special needs assistance to families as well as to professionals. These have been primarily delivered in person or by phone, on a one-on-one basis.

Over the last few years, we have found more and more families looking for assistance in navigating the special needs world. Here at Protected Tomorrows, we put our heads together to find an enhanced way to help families and professionals. With the use of technology, online and video conference group sessions, and even a new in-person Retreat Experience, we can teach more families to become self-sufficient in their planning as well as accomplishing this in a cost effective way. The best part is having everyone become more confident in their ability to understand the steps along the way. My goal has always been to "teach people to fish" rather than to "fish for them". I think with these new offerings, we will be able to reach more families, train other professionals to assist them when necessary in the cities where the families live, and build a community that will help us all get stronger.

You'll read more about this below. Those we have shared this with already are excited; we hope you and your friends will be too. I look forward to your feedback,

As always, thank you for allowing us to be of service to your families!

Mary Anne Ehlert,
Founder & President


     Protected Tomorrows can help...
You choose the path that fits you best!
On-Line Educational Tutorials
You only pick what course you need according to your loved ones needs
Price range of $2.99 - $9.99 a session! Check it out NOW, here!

Zoom Classes
Mary Anne offers interactive classes on different topics every
month with the most up to date information. Dates and Topics Coming Soon!

Parent University Monthly Workshops
Join us as we present a series of Educational Workshops. Topics will include life planning, government benefits, legal, financial, education, housing, ABLE Act and more.
Dates and Topics Coming Soon!

Individualized Planning Relationship
Work jointly with our Ehlert Financial Group team to develop a complete
financial and special needs plan.
Call us for more information -  847-522-8080.

Family and Professional Retreats
Join us as you rejuvenate and get your affairs in order by having all the experts right in
front of you. First retreat March 15 - 18, 2019. 
Check it out NOW, here!

Protected Tomorrows, Inc. is not a Registered Investment Advisor  and is not owned or operated by Ehlert Financial Group, Inc.

New Medicare Cards Coming This Month -April, 2018
We came across this article that actually is part of a newsletter from Social Security!  We wanted to inform you about the New Medicare Cards, but also let  you know to sign up for their newsletter.

"New Medicare Cards Protect Your Information"
Here are the highlights:
  • Starting in April 2018,  Medicare will mail new Medicare cards to help protect you and your clients from identity theft.
  • New cards will have a new Medicare number that's unique to it's owner. 
  • Your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same
  • For more information about the new card, visit
For the full newsletter and to subscribe for "Social Security Update" newsletter go here.

Amazing Inspirational People

We had such a positive response to our article Amazing Inspirational Companies in our last newsletter we thought we would bring you a some Amazing Inspirational People in this newsletter. 

10 Year old develops "Aeropong"  
Kusa Xiong developed a PingPong game for his sister Pahnuly, who is 12 and has Autism. Kusa said she "inspires him to think differently". "When she scores, she dances". He wanted her to play along. 
Read the whole story from Disability Scoop  here

2018 Schneider Family Book Awards  
Three children's books were honored for telling stories
about people with disabilities. 
Silent Days, Silent Dreams - written and illustrated by  Allen Say is a picture book about artist James Castle who had autism and was deaf. James Castle's works are collected by museums and individuals. The book won the award for young children.

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess - written by Shari Green. Macy is a sixth grader who is deaf  attending a mainstream school with an interpreter, faces enormous challenges with the changes in her life.  The book won the award for best middle grades book.

Find out all about the Schneider Family Book Awards and these
three books at the American Library Association website   here.

University of Minnesota Students Design a Backpack
for Kids with Autism

It's called the 'Nesel Pack'. It has pockets to add weights, it acts like  a weighted vest, like a bear hug, that can provide a calming pressure. Check out the team and how they researched and developed this backpack in this article written by The Mighty here.

Caroline's Cart

Drew Ann Long, mom to Caroline created a shopping cart for special needs children. Her mission was to make Caroline's Cart available to retailers everywhere.  Read her whole story  here

This is Where We Will Be...

Upcoming Speeches/Conferences/Events for 2018:

Apr 13      SEDOL
                 Gages Lake, IL
Apr 24       District 211 Transition Fair - KEYNOTE SPEAKER 
                 Palatine , IL
May 16      Dr. Boas - Private Event
                 Northbrook, IL
                 Iselin, NJ
Jun 30       CDLS National Conference 
                 Minneapolis, MN
Jul 02        Chromosome 18 Conference
                 Baltimore, MD
Jul 13        National Fragile X
                 Cincinnati, OH
Jul 28        5P Minus Society
                 Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 11      NADS National Association of Down Syndrome
                 Chicago, IL

For more information on these  click here
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