In this Issue: 
President's Message 
Retiring for 3! Workshop
Parent University: "Designing the Vision - Concepts & Detailed Structure of the Life Plan"
Urgent ABLE Question - Guardianship
April is Autism Awareness Month!
Study: Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop In Diagnoses
This is Where We Will Be...

President's Message:
Dear Clients and Friends,

I wanted to write "Happy Spring", but yesterday, we had a snowstorm here in Chicago! I guess that was nature helping us appreciate the Spring that is soon upon us!

We have had a whirlwind of activities here at Protected Tomorrows this past month. And what fun it is! Between the new Parent University kickoff, and our new onsite webinars, we are so excited about the ways we are now connecting. We hope you are too. If you haven't had a chance to participate in our activities, let us know and Judy on our staff can make sure you get access to the new programs.

Finally, it will be a busy upcoming Spring and Summer with charity events, national conferences and even a little vacation thrown in here and there.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events.
Warmest Regards,

Mary Anne Ehlert,
Founder & President

Retiring for 3 Workshop!

On April 10, 2019, Protected Tomorrows hosted a Retiring for 3! workshop at the Protected Tomorrows Life Care Training Center. Mary Anne Ehlert presented an in depth look at what Retiring for 3 means. The event was successful and so well attended that we are offering another Retiring for 3! workshop on May 8, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30pm at the  Protected Tomorrows Life Care Training Center. This workshop is available to you at no cost. 

Parent University: Designing the Vision - Concepts and Detailed Structure of the Life Plan on April 18, 2019!

Powered by Protected Tomorrows and presented by Mary Anne Ehlert, President and Founder of Protected Tomorrows, we are proud to offer you   our second in a series of educational workshops:
                      "Designing the Vision - Concepts & Detailed Structure of the Life Plan".

In this class, we will start to be the "architects" of your future. We'll work through together the vision of what you would hope to achieve, and the basic information you will need to gather to be ready to take the next steps.  Mary Anne will host this online Zoom class on April 18th, 2019 from 7:00-8:30pm CST.

Urgent ABLE Question - Guardianship 

In 2018, the Administrative Rules for Illinois ABLE accounts were modified to address the problem that 'Guardians of the Person' were having when opening an ABLE account for their adult child. Now, a parent of an eligible adult child may open an Illinois ABLE account as an Authorized Individual by submitting a copy of the adult child's birth certificate. The birth certificate needs to include the parent's names. Parents of an eligible adult child who are under Guardianship of the Person, but not of the Estate, can use the birth certificate to now open an ABLE account. 

April is A utism Awareness Month!

The twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day was April 2, 2019. Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, displayed light blue this month in recognition of people living with autism. 

During the month of April, citizens across the nation and the world join to increase the awareness, understanding, and acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), also known as Autism. 

Autism-friendly events and educational activities will take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support. Here are some links to check out! Find a local Autism Speaks Walk to participate in!

Autism Speaks Resource Guide : Use the filters to find local resources!

National Autism Association : The ATRIUM program is an educational initiative for the autism community. It provides a regular schedule of learning opportunities through  free online webiNAArs,  a digital library of  downloadable toolkits , and a series of  blog entries  by experts in topics affecting individuals with autism and their families.

Sesame Street and Autism: Julia is Sesame Street's first character with autism. During April, we now get to meet her family!   Click here to read more about Julia's family.

Study: Reworked Autism Definition Prompted Drop In Diagnoses
by Shaun Heasley

Five years after a sweeping overhaul of the diagnostic criteria for autism, research suggests that the  changes have led fewer people to be identified with the developmental disorder. 

The definition of autism was reworked with the  adoption  of the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013.   Click here to read more.

This is Where We Will Be...

Upcoming Speeches/Conferences/Events for 2019:

Apr 16      NEXT STEPS Plainfield  
                 Plainfield, IL

                 the  Life 
                 Online Zoom Class

                  Online Webinar

                 St. Paul, MN

May 4        Marianjoy
                 Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, IL

May 8        Retiring for 3! Workshop
                  Protected Tomorrows Life Care Training Center, Lincolnshire, IL

May 21      Retiring for 3! Workshop
                 Aurora, IL 

                  Online Webinar

                 Online Zoom Class

                 Charleston, SC

                 Online Webinar

                 Louisville, KY

For more information on these  click here!
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