In this Issue: 
President's Message:  
A Comprehensive New Years Resolution
Sensory Friendly Activities
Reminder: Social Security Cost-of-Living (COLA) 2018
This is Where We Will Be...

President's Message:
Dear Clients and Friends,

For me, this time of year is a surge of all kinds of feelings... some happy, some about you? The joyous emotions of new friends and opportunities, the sadness of missing family and friends who passed during the year, and then the frenetic activity we all seem to face during the holidays, all make a recipe for very a wild ride. We face the reality of the hopes and dreams we started the year with and realize some were exceeded and others never begun. We surround ourselves with friends and family and somehow we get through the holidays and ready ourselves for the start of a new year.

I'm thrilled f or the new friends we made this year at Protected Tomorrows. These new friends and associates are going to help us make 2018 a ground breaking year. We will be sharing many of the details in our upcoming January newsletter. As the year ends, we have kept our heads down to learn, understand and address the new government and tax law changes.

My pups Darby and Delaney have continued on their goals to become therapy pups. It's a work in progress for sure. Darby is curious about everything and Delaney is still afraid of wheelchairs and loud noises. But they both LOVE working and want to help everyone they meet.

Our team celebrated the holidays together and had a wonderful time with an abundance of food, drink and laughs. We hope that you do so as well with family and friends.

Blessings to you all during this special holiday season.

Mary Anne Ehlert,
President & Founder

Comprehensive New Year's Resolution!

Each year as New Year's Eve approaches, many of us will make a list of resolutions. The list may include short term goals that require us to make small changes or meet small accomplishments each day, or it may contain more philosophical goals to motivate us towards making bigger changes and accomplishing goals that have been easier to put off

This year, I want to remind you to take the time to make a plan for the future.
Your's and your child's.

Here are three of articles with contributions from Mary Anne, that can give you insight to get you started and help to explain why this is the best time begin this process.
Remember we can help you!

Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2018

"Based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) from the third quarter of 2016 through the third quarter of 2017, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries will receive a 2.0 percent COLA for 2018."

For the complete breakdown of numbers check out our website here
Or, go the Social Security Site here

Are You Planning Family Activities Over the Holidays?
                 Here are some Sensory-Friendly Activities To Check Out!

AMC Movie Theaters  
provides movie listings and dates for Sensory -Friendly Films.  Check out their site for times and locations in your area for movies like Wonder, Star Wars:The Last Jedi, the Greatest Showman, Ferdinand, etc.                                                                                      Check it out here

The Goodman Theater in Chicago, IL
will present a sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 30th
at 2:00 pm                                                                                                      Check it our here
The Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn NJ 
will present an autism-friendly performance of Annie on Wednesday, December 27th at 1:30pm
                                                                                                                      Check it out here

The Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, MD
will present a sensory-friendly performance of Frosty the Snowman through January 7th
                                                                                                                      Check it out here

PumpItUp in Elmhurst, IL
features a " Sensory Jump Night" is the first Tuesday of every month $6 per child. 
                                                                                                                        Check it out here


This is Where We Will Be...

Mar 15      STEP (STEP Campus)
                 Bolingbrook, IL
Mar 17      Huntington Conference
                 Palatine, IL
Mar 20      Next Steps District 202
                 Plainfield, IL
Apr 13      SEDOL
                 Gages Lake, IL
Jun 30       CDLS National Conference 
                 Minneapolis, MN
Jul 02        Chromosome 18 Conference
                 Baltimore, MD

For more information on these  click here
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