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When it comes to estate planning, it’s important to know that it is a process, not a one-and-done event. The same is true for creating a special needs plan.   As she does every January, host Annette Hines kicks off the new year with a discussion on the importance of special needs planning. In this episode, she is joined by her favorite podcast guest, her husband and law partner, Mark Worthington, as they discuss the…
After the many ups and downs of 2020, it’s easy to fall into negative ways of thinking.   “Did I accomplish anything I set out to do? Was last year just a waste? Look how many mistakes I made and times I failed…”   Instead of dwelling on the past, the New Year presents the perfect time to examine the goals you weren’t able to accomplish in 2020 and use them to fuel your fire…
2020 has been a year of great challenges and loss. However, with the hope of 2021, we can make this new year the best year yet.  We’ve learned a lot about ourselves over the past year, and if we use the knowledge we’ve gained moving forward, we can prioritize wellness in a way that allows us to create safe places at work and at home, even when we are struggling.  In this episode of “Parenting…
It’s that time of year when we all prepare for the future, and this year, there is even more uncertainty than usual.  If you are preparing your estate and special needs plans for the new year, this episode will answer frequently asked questions and clarify details about the taxation of these special trusts.  The taxation of trusts can be confusing, especially in the case of special needs trusts. One of the first issues that Annette…
On a recent Facebook Live session in our “Circle of Care” Facebook group, we had the pleasure of hearing from guest host Jessica Leving Siegel, author of “Billy’s Sister: Life when your sibling has a disability,”  host of “The Special Siblings Podcast,” and founder of The Center for Siblings of People with Disabilities.    Jessica grew up with a brother with autism. She learned firsthand that the experiences and struggles of “special…
In this episode of “Parenting Impossible,” host Annette Hines answers all of your frequently asked questions. As a speaker, podcast host, author, lawyer, business owner and mother, managing all of her roles can be a challenge, but her goal is to help other people in the disability community find the resources they need in one place. That’s what this podcast is all about!  Annette says, “The information system is so fractured in our community.” In…
Rosalind “Roz” Marshall-Jones joined “Parenting Impossible” to share her experience as a caregiver and her advice for other caregivers to avoid burnout and plan for the future.  In Roz and Annette’s professional and personal experiences, they have seen the lack of future planning through their work with a number of clients. They both recommend having conversations with siblings early on, even small conversations, before moving on to include parents and other family members in the…
Great news, there’s a vaccine. That means the disability community will have some relief soon, right? Wrong. Once again, the needs of the disability community have been overlooked by their placement in phase three of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan–the same phase as able-bodied and neurotypical young adults and children. Many disabled people have chronic health conditions, live in congregate living situations and have rotating caregiver staff, all of which put them at higher risk…
We are excited to see Amazon Alexa come out with a new, free feature in the Alexa app that provides parents, caregivers, adult children, and more with the ability to remotely check in on their disabled loved ones who live independently: the Amazon Alexa Care Hub. Here’s how it works. Users place an Echo device in their loved one’s home and then download the Alexa app onto their own phone. The Echo will monitor…
The holiday season can be stressful enough without a global pandemic adding to an already tense situation. In this episode of Parenting Impossible, Dr. Rebecca Branstetter shares her tips to help parents and school psychologists manage stress in healthy ways in front of kids.  Whether your children are stressed about school, the loss of traditions or the holidays, their negative emotions towards those times can take a toll on their mental health. But more than…