In this Issue: 
President's Message:  Happy Holidays
Holiday Activities
ABLE Act Update
Does Your Group Need Education...?
Tails for Life-Holiday Fundraiser
Join Us! Upcoming Speech Listing

President's Message:

Happy Holidays Everyone!!

It sure is a busy time of year. Protected Tomorrows had our holiday party for employees and associates on December 3rd at my home. I loved hearing the laughter and the celebrations of those attending.  It certainly made my heart glad! I'm sure you will all be attending holiday parties over the next few weeks. Please be safe and enjoy!

You'll find in this issue some advice as to how to enjoy the holidays without stress, some updates on the ABLE Act, as well as an appeal for Tails for Life, to help us fund 7 children in need of a service dog.

My pups have been working hard the past few months, and they are progressing daily. It is so exciting to see them grow in their learning as to how they can help others, too. We are hoping to take our first "tests" early in 2017. But for now, this month, we will enjoy the holidays. My pups attended our company holiday party, and I'm sharing some pictures for your enjoyment, of them in their holiday bells.

Happy Holidays to you all.

 Warm Regards,
Mary Anne Ehlert, 
President & Founder

Holiday Activities

We all know how the holidays can get our regular schedules filled up very fast! W e've put  together a list with advice and activities to help with your planning.

Have a Stress-Free Holiday With Special Needs Kids
Full Article

Surviving the holidays with your sanity intact
Full Article

Autism and the Holidays from                                              Full Article

5th Annual Special Needs Holiday Event-Autism Family Foundation
from                                                                           Full Article

Holiday Survival Guide for Families with Special Needs
Full PDFGuide

ABLE Act Update

We will have more information to share with you in January. In the meantime here are three ways to get you caught up...

1.)  This article from NDSS gives you a full overview of the ABLE Act.   Read Article

2.) The Arc has provided a state by state summary explaining how the progress of each state in regards to the ABLE Act.                                    Check out your state's information here.

3.) Also, if you haven't already, watch our webinar with Mary Anne and attorneys Brian Rubin and Benjamin Rubin.    "Great information with great visuals"  Ready to EnABLE..Webinar 

Does your group need education on any of these topics?

We Are Booking Presentations for 2017!!!

Protected Tomorrows, the leader in enhancing the lives of families with members who have special needs. We speak at local and national organizations across the country educating families on how to help ensure the well-being of a loved one with special needs.

Our topics include the many concerns of families and caregivers such as: 
        • future care funding
        • government benefits
        • legal considerations
        • residential options
        • employment opportunities
        • recreational choices, 
        • the ABLE Act
        • education options
        • family communication
We would be honored to come and speak...we have several options: 
        • Educational Seminar
        • Half-Day Workshop
        • Webinar
        • or even a break out session
Contact Roberta Costion at 847-522-8086 or email her at 

Look forward to hearing from you!!!

Tails for Life -

This Holiday Season Tails for Life is reaching out for 7 children in need of a service dog! Each child has been turned away from other organizations due to lack of funding.

Help make a difference in a child's life this Holiday Season and give the gift of hope!
Click here for more information on how and where to send your donations.

Also help us spread the word to others that may want to help!

Join Us! 

                  Kimberly, WI
January 20   -NSSEO Kirk School
                  Palatine, IL
                   Round Lake, IL
March 11   - MarianJoy/American Association of Pediatrics
                   Wheaton, IL
March 21 -   School District 202-NEXT STEPS
                   Plainfield, IL 

Look for the next webinar on the ABLE Act coming soon!
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