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Every human being
has a right to live life
to his or her fullest potential.

Desperation and fear
are Mankind's oldest enemies.
A society may fairly be judged
by the extent to which it spares
its most vulnerable citizens
from having to endure them.



Self-sufficiency is less satisfying
to the soul than caring
for one another.

As Mankind truly is one family,
what benefits any one of us
enhances the lives of us all.
Those of us with greater needs
enable their loved ones
by enabling them to feel needed.



Make it possible for people
(both the less and more fortunate)
to achieve peace of mind.

To love another
means you can't feel things
are okay until you know
they feel that way.
Your peace of mind
depends on knowing you've helped
bring peace of mind to the other.



Live and help live
Provide a person
with the means to live
a fuller life and you give more
meaning to yours.



Help those with special needs
attain greater independence
and security.

If only the strong were to survive,
wouldn't all of our lives
be greatly diminished?



Prepare. Protect. Provide.
The families who count on us
expect nothing less.




Family Event Calendar

04/24/2014
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Community Resource Fair
Speaker: Various
Sponsored by: Cumberland School District 62
Early Learning Center, Forest Elementary School, 1375 South 5th Avenue
Des Plaines, IL
For more information, click here.
Description: Join us at the Cumberland School District 62 Community Resource Fair. This event will be held at the Early Learning Center in Des Plaines.

Visit the representatives from the following organizations for information regarding Special Needs Planning.

  • Protected Tomorrows - Future Care Planning
  • MNSAR - Recreational activities for children with special needs
  • Des Plaines Park District - Recreational Activities
  • Community Alternatives Unlimited - PUNS registration
  • Lutheran General Library Resources Center - Books and resources
  • Mainestay - counseling and programming
  • Special Gifts Theatre - afterschool opportunity for your children
  • Champion United Taekwondo Center
  • Des Plaines Policy Department

    For further information, please contact the social worker at your school.

    Childcare will be provided.


  • 04/29/2014
    12:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    What's New with Protected Tomorrows and the Disability Community in 2014
    Speaker: Mary Anne Ehlert, President & Founder with Teri Bodeman, Director, Family Advocacy Services & Timothy Ashcraft, Senior Special Needs Consultant
    Sponsored by: Protected Tomorrows
    103 Schelter Road
    Lincolnshire, IL
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    Mary Anne Ehlert, President and Founder of Protected Tomorrows, along with Protected Tomorrows team members, Teri Bodeman and Timothy Ashcraft, will discuss the vision for Protected Tomorrows and what's on the horizon for the disability community in 2014.

    Come join us to hear about changes in legislation, healthcare, the workplace and how it will impact you and the special needs community.


    04/29/2014
    6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    The Future Begins Today Resource Fair
    Speaker: Various Resources
    Sponsored by: Township High School District 211
    Palatine High School, 1111 North Rohlwing Road
    Palatine, IL
    For more information, click here.
    Description: Join Protected Tomorrows at the Eighth Annual Transition Resource Fair: The Future Begins Today. This event is hosted by the Township High School District 211 and will be held at Palatine High School.

    The evening will give you the opportunity to gather pertinent information for families with individuals with disabilities and special needs. Please stop by our Protected Tomorrows exhibit and visit with our Advocates regarding Future Care Planning for your Family Member with Special Needs.

    This event is hosted by the Township High School District 211 and will be held at Palatine High School.


    04/29/2014
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair
    Speaker: Various Resources
    Sponsored by: Community Unit School District 200 & Wheaton-Warrenville Area in Du Page County
    Hubble Middle School, 3S600 Herrick Road
    Warrenville, IL
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    Join Protected Tomorrows at the 4th Annual Special Education Parent Resource Fair. This resource fair is for individuals with special needs, their parents/guardians and professionals.

    At this event, you will meet representatives from organizations in the area such as: Advocacy Services, Government Programs, Educational Opportunities, Residential Options, etc.

    Please stop by our booth and visit with representatives from Protected Tomorrows regarding Future Care Planning for your Family Member with Special Needs.


    04/30/2014
    11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Bringing You Protected Tomorrows: Your Journey Through an Eight-step Special Needs Planning Program
    Speaker: Brian Finn, VP, Director of Strategic Relationships
    Sponsored by: YAI Network
    New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    As family members of a person with a disability, we so often tend to view life in light of the challenges presented to us. Bringing You Protected Tomorrows looks at our lives in a whole new light.

    This presentation will be uplifting and entertaining, as well as provide a good basic understanding of some important facts. Participants will develop the foundation for their family's own personal Eight Step Future Care Plan™. Topics of discussion include: how to create a map of the future; how to prepare legally and financially; how to incorporate and maximize government benefits; how to prepare for transition; and how to communicate your Future Care Plan™ to your family.


    04/30/2014
    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Planning for Adult Life - What Families Need to Know
    Speaker: Teri Bodeman, Director of Family Advocacy Services
    Sponsored by: Rush University Medical Center, Autism Resource Center
    2150 W. Harrison Street, Room 211
    Chicago, IL
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    As family members of a person with a disability, we so often tend to view life in light of the challenges presented to us. Planning for Adult Life looks at our lives in a whole new light.

    This presentation will be uplifting and entertaining, as well as provide a good basic understanding of some important facts. Participants will develop the foundation for their family's own personal Eight Step Future Care Plan™. Topics of discussion include: how to create a map of the future; how to prepare legally and financially; how to incorporate and maximize government benefits; how to prepare for transition; and how to communicate your Future Care Plan™ to your family.


    05/06/2014
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Bringing You Protected Tomorrows: Your Journey Through an Eight-step Special Needs Planning Program
    Speaker: Mary Anne Ehlert, President and Founder, Protected Tomorrows
    Sponsored by: Next Steps
    Lisle High School, 1800 Short Street
    Lisle, IL
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    As family members of a person with a disability, we so often tend to view life in light of the challenges presented to us. Bringing You Protected Tomorrows looks at our lives in a whole new light.

    This presentation will be uplifting and entertaining, as well as provide a good basic understanding of some important facts. Participants will develop the foundation for their family's own personal Eight Step Future Care Plan™. Topics of discussion include: how to create a map of the future; how to prepare legally and financially; how to incorporate and maximize government benefits; how to prepare for transition; and how to communicate your Future Care Plan™ to your family.


    05/07/2014
    7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Bringing You Protected Tomorrows: Your Journey Through an Eight-step Special Needs Planning Program
    Speaker: Teri Bodeman, Director of Family Advocacy Services
    Sponsored by: Saint Xavier University Birth-to-3 Program
    St. Xavier University, Warde Academic Center, 4th Floor Board Room, 3700 W. 103rd Street
    Chicago, IL
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    As family members of a person with a disability, we so often tend to view life in light of the challenges presented to us. Bringing You Protected Tomorrows looks at our lives in a whole new light.

    This presentation will be uplifting and entertaining, as well as provide a good basic understanding of some important facts. Participants will develop the foundation for their family's own personal Eight Step Future Care Plan™. Topics of discussion include: how to create a map of the future; how to prepare legally and financially; how to incorporate and maximize government benefits; how to prepare for transition; and how to communicate your Future Care Plan™ to your family.


    05/08/2014
    8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
    Bringing You Protected Tomorrows: Your Journey Through an Eight-step Special Needs Planning Program
    Speaker: John James, Protected Tomorrows Advocate
    Sponsored by: Infant & Early Childhood Conference
    Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway
    Tacoma, WA
    For more information, click here.
    Description: John James will be a speaker at the Early Childhood Conference held at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

    As family members of a person with a disability, we so often tend to view life in light of the challenges presented to us. Bringing You Protected Tomorrows looks at our lives in a whole new light.

    This presentation will be uplifting and entertaining, as well as provide a good basic understanding of some important facts. Participants will develop the foundation for their family's own personal Eight Step Future Care Plan™. Topics of discussion include: how to create a map of the future; how to prepare legally and financially; how to incorporate and maximize government benefits; how to prepare for transition; and how to communicate your Future Care Plan™ to your family.


    05/13/2014
    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Obtaining & Maintaining Government Benefits and Legal Planning
    Speaker: Teri Bodeman, Director, Family Advocacy Services and Kirsten Izatt, Attorney & Counselor at Law
    Sponsored by: fitMS NeuroBalance Center
    800 Hart Road, Suite 140
    Barrington, IL
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    Teri Bodeman, Director of Family Advocacy Services at Protected Tomorrows, will present a presentation entitled "Obtaining & Maintaining Government Benefits." Government benefits provide critical supports for individuals with special needs and therefore play a very important role in your plans for the future of your loved one. This workshop focuses on this critical and complex step in the planning process. Specific topics covered include: types of government benefits; asset and income limitations for each program; how to create more income without jeopardizing benefits, including Pass planning; an application process primer; and what to expect once benefits are obtained. Learn how to clear the muddy waters of the government benefits world.

    Kirsten Izatt, Attorney & Counselor at Law with The Estate Planning Law Group, will review with families, how legal planning may enhance their lives today while securing their futures for tomorrow.

    Space is limited and registration is required. call 847-800-6162 or email info@fitms.org to review your space.


    06/13/2014
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Obtaining and Maintaining Government Benefits
    Speaker: Timothy Ashcraft, Senior Special Needs Consultant, Protected Tomorrows
    Sponsored by: Families of SMA
    Gaylord National Harbor
    National Harbor, MD
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    As family members of a person with a disability, planning for the future is a complex task that involves many stages of planning.

    Government benefits provide critical supports for individuals with special needs and therefore play a very important role in your plans for the future of your loved one. This workshop focuses on this critical and complex step in the planning process. Specific topics covered include: types of government benefits; asset and income limitations for each program; how to create more income without jeopardizing benefits, including PASS planning; an application process primer; and, what to expect once benefits are obtained.

    Learn how to clear the muddy waters of the government benefits world!


    06/28/2014
    9:15 AM - 10:45 AM
    Bringing You Protected Tomorrows: Your Journey Through an Eight-step Special Needs Planning Program
    Speaker: Mary Anne Ehlert, President and Founder, Protected Tomorrows
    Sponsored by: Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Foundation
    Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street
    Costa Mesa, CA
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    As family members of a person with a disability, we so often tend to view life in light of the challenges presented to us. Bringing You Protected Tomorrows looks at our lives in a whole new light.

    This presentation will be uplifting and entertaining, as well as provide a good basic understanding of some important facts. Participants will develop the foundation for their family's own personal Eight Step Future Care Plan™. Topics of discussion include: how to create a map of the future; how to prepare legally and financially; how to incorporate and maximize government benefits; how to prepare for transition; and how to communicate your Future Care Plan™ to your family.


    06/29/2014
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Journey Through an Eight Step Special Needs Planning Program
    Speaker: Mary Anne Ehlert, President and Founder, Protected Tomorrows
    Sponsored by: Spina Bifida Association
    Disneyland Hotel
    Anaheim, CA
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    As family members of a person with a disability, we so often tend to view life in light of the challenges presented to us. Bringing You Protected Tomorrows looks at our lives in a whole new light.

    Join Mary Anne Ehlert, June 29 through July 2, 2014 at the 40th National Spina Bifida Association Conference at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. This presentation will be uplifting and entertaining, as well as provide a good basic understanding of some important facts.

    Participants will develop the foundation for their family's own personal Eight Step Future Care Plan™. Topics of discussion include: how to create a map of the future; how to prepare legally and financially; how to incorporate and maximize government benefits; how to prepare for transition; and how to communicate your Future Care Plan™ to your family.


    07/09/2014
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Bringing You Protected Tomorrows: Your Journey Through an Eight Step Special Needs Planning Program
    Speaker: Mary Anne Ehlert, President and Founder, Protected Tomorrows
    Sponsored by: Hydrocephalus Association
    Doubletree by Hilton Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street
    Portland, OR
    For more information, click here.
    Description:

    As family members of a person with a disability, we so often tend to view life in light of the challenges presented to us. Bringing You Protected Tomorrows looks at our lives in a whole new light.

    Join Mary Anne Ehlert at the 13th National Conference on Hydrocephalus in Portland, Oregon. This presentation will be uplifting and entertaining, as well as provide a good basic understanding of some important facts.

    Participants will develop the foundation for their family's own personal Eight Step Future Care Plan™. Topics of discussion include: how to create a map of the future; how to prepare legally and financially; how to incorporate and maximize government benefits; how to prepare for transition; and how to communicate your Future Care Plan™ to your family.


    10/24/2014
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Exhibit for Protected Tomorrows & Special Solutions Services
    Speaker: John James
    Sponsored by: United Cerebral Palsy Family Conference
    Embassy Suites - Portland Airport Hotel, 7900 NE 82nd Ave.
    Portland, OR
    For more information, click here.
    Description: John James will be hosting an exhibit at the United Cerebral Palsy Family Conference, held at the Embassy Suites - Portland Airport hotel. This is a two day event, which starts on Oct. 24th and concludes on Oct. 25th.

    Please visit the Protected Tomorrows exhibit and talk to John regarding Future Care Planning for your Family Member with Special Needs.



     
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