In this Issue: 
President's Message:  Gratitude...
Autism Fully Resourced - Webinar Series - National Autism Academy
Is Your Child On the PUNS list?
PT In the News   - Reuters News Article
Join Us! Upcoming Speech Listing

President's Message:

Gratitude: ...It encompasses so much about this time of year.

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
~ Marcel Proust

I love this quote.... Every day should be Thanksgiving.

As we approach the holiday, I want to thank so many who have made a difference in my life, as well as in our businesses this year.   I am so grateful, sometimes it makes me just pause and pray.  My heart is full as I think of all of you.  And that too reminded me of a second quote:

"Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude."
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

In this issue of our newsletter, you will find education, reminders, and a fun update on the status of the training of Darby and Delaney. Enjoy!

Check out Darby and Delaney's progress here !

Warm regards, 
Mary Anne Ehlert, 
President & Founder

Autism Fully Resourced: Peace for Today, and a Plan for Tomorrow
Presented by the National Autism Academy

FREE powerful resource for parents everywhere...

Jeanne Beard, founder of the National Autism Academy asked our own Mary Anne Ehlert to be a part of their six-part educational webinar series.

This series included important topics such as:
    • The 3 Pillars of Planning
    • Creating the Vision for the Future
    • Making Every Day Therapy at Home
    • Legal Planning for People with Special Needs:Specail Needs Trusts, Government Benefits and Guardianship
    • Increasing Effectiveness when working with your child
    • Journey to Prepare for the Future 
Jeanne Beard, founder of the National Autism Academy and author of "Autism & The Rest Of Us", has decades of experience in the trenches with Asperger's Syndrome and autism spectrum disorders, and the people diagnosed with them. During her 30-years of relating to those with autism, searching for strategies through decades of painstaking trial and error, Jeanne has developed a perspective and approach to life with autism that is encouraging and uplifting. While leading the writing team for Dr. Timothy Wahlberg's book "Finding the Gray: Understanding and Thriving in the Black and White World of Autism and Asperger's," Jeanne was given a rare opportunity to combine the clinical and personal sides of autism. Unlike therapists and those with theoretical knowledge who are focused solely on the child, Jeanne knows intimately and personally what it feels like to be a parent of a child on the spectrum, and believes that we are all part of the autism equation. She offers support, encouragement and guidance from a personal level, and has distilled that information into powerful and simple to digest trainings through the National Autism Academy.

For more information on how to attend the webinars, click here
or check our website for details.

Is Your Child on the PUNS List?  What's a PUNS List?

No, it is not a limerick!
The Prioritization for Urgency of Need for Services (PUNS) is an Illinois statewide waiting list for individuals with developmental disabilities that have applied for and are awaiting funding and/or services.  
Funding and Services available:
  • In-home supports
  • Respite care
  • Job coaching
  • Residential housing
  • Developmental training
  • And much more!
Enrollment in PUNS is a requirement for any future Medicaid Waiver Services that may be available to your family member with a developmental disability.

The first step to getting on the PUNS list is to register with your Pre-Admissions Screening (PAS) Agency.  They will take you through the steps to get your family member on the list. For other states check with your local medicaid office.

Find your PAS Agency here

Illinois State PUNS information here

  PT In the News - Newsworthy - PT In the News - Newsworthy

Mary Anne was interviewed by Mark Miller of Reuters-Chicago and published on November 3rd, 2016.  The article focuses on the unique needs of financial planning for retirement for special needs families.

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