In this Issue: 
President's Message 
Online Questionnaire Research Opportunity!
Parent University: "The ABLE Account - What Is It? "
A Gym for Kids on the Spectrum, and Other Inclusive Activities
Lego Is Making Braille Bricks. They May Give Blind Literacy a Needed Lift!
Home Depot Employees Build Walker for 2-year-old Boy Out of PVC Pipe
This is Where We Will Be...

President's Message:
Dear Clients and Friends,

Summer time... I wish you would slow down!  School time is already starting up, and I'm not done with my summer.  Do you feel that way too?   This newsletter has some interesting opportunities that I hope you enjoy.  Research opportunities, interesting new programs, and a feel good story of success.
I would like to ask for some input as to topics you might like us to cover in 2020 for our Parent University.  What did you like?  What do you want more of?  And what new subjects would you like covered?  We have our own ideas of course, but your feedback is critical to our expansion of this program.  We have gotten GREAT feedback from those who have attended.  So we are looking forward to the future to make it even better.  Please feel free to respond directly to this email to let me know what you'd like to see.  
Have a great end to your summer!  Enjoy every day of this fabulous weather we are having.
Warmest regards,

Mary Anne Ehlert,
Founder & President

Online Questionnaire Research Opportunity!

Music in Children and Families Online Survey Study
The Music in Children and Families study is recruiting parents of young children (6 months to 5 years old) with or without developmental, medical, or other health impairments to take part in an online questionnaire study on musical experiences and social and emotional well-being in young children, parents, and families. Participation will take approximately 30 minutes, and participants receive a children's music CD download and can enter to win a $25 gift card. 

Click here to access the survey:

This Music in Children and Families survey study is supported by Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab program.

Parent University: The ABLE Account - What Is It? to be held on August 15th, 2019 !

Powered by Protected Tomorrows and presented by Mary Anne Ehlert, President and Founder of Protected Tomorrows, we are proud to offer  you  our sixth in a series of educational workshops: 

                " The ABLE Account - What Is It? "

In this class, we will talk about the  rules that can be so confusing.  We will review the basics and how to select the right plan for you.  Understanding the basics of the ABLE account, how adding this new special tool into our plan will give us flexibility, and accessing the funds, we will talk about how to tie these accounts into the rest of our financial plan.   M ary Anne Ehlert will host this free online Zoom class on August 15th, 2019 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm CDT.  Click here to register!

A Gym for Kids on the Spectrum and Other Inclusive Activities
by Maria Chambers, Red Tricycle

The hustle and bustle that comes along with a visit to a business that caters to our littlest friends can be tough on a kid with special needs. That's why some local businesses block off specific times where the noise is dialed back, lights are dimmed, crowds are kept small and kids are, well, free to be themselves! 

Read on to learn about museums, play spaces, theaters, a gym and more that keep special needs kids in mind when developing their programming.  Click here to read more...

Lego Is Making Braille Bricks. They May Give Blind Literacy a Needed Lift!
by Sarah Mervosh, New York Times

When Carlton Cook Walker's young daughter developed health problems that led to near-total blindness, she knew she wanted her to learn Braille. But the family's school, in rural central Pennsylvania, was resistant. A teacher pointed out that the girl, then in preschool, could still read print - as long as it was in 72-point type and held inches from her face.

"I said, 'What about when she is in high school? How will she read Dickens like this?'" recalled Ms. Cook Walker, whose daughter, Anna, is now 18. "The teacher's response was chilling: 'Oh, she'll just use audio.'"

Now, a new effort is underway to ease challenges like these and help blind and visually impaired children more naturally learn to read Braille, a system based on different configurations of six small, raised dots that blind people read with their fingertips. And it is coming in the form of a favorite childhood toy: Lego bricks.

The project, called Lego Braille Bricks, is in a pilot phase and is expected to be released in partnership with schools and associations for the blind in 2020.  Click here to read more...

Home Depot Employees Build Walker for 2-year-old Boy Out of PVC Pipe
By Phillip Kish, Kaitlyn S Ross

Employees at a Georgia Home Depot are being praised for helping out a 2-year-old boy who has trouble getting around.

Logan has Hypotonia, which affects his muscle tone and makes walking a problem.

His parents weren't sure whether insurance would cover a walker to help him, so they turned to YouTube where they found a tutorial on how to make a walker out of PVC pipe.

This is Where We Will Be...

Upcoming Speeches/Conferences/Events for 2019:

                Online Zoom Class

                 Rock Island, IL

Sept 13     Building A Life Plan & Government Benefits
                 Rock Island, IL

                 Online Zoom Class

Oct 23     Retiring for 3! Workshop
                Private Event

                Rock Island, IL

                Rock Island, IL

For more information on these  click here!
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