Nationally Recognized Speaker on Special Needs Planning Offers Advice to Parents

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Bart Stevens, Author of "The ABC's of Special Needs Planning Made Easy" and a pioneer in the field of special-needs planning, is presenting at a number of national conventions this year.

A pioneer in the field of special-needs planning, Bart Stevens, founder of Bart Stevens Special Needs Planning, LLC is presenting at a number of national conventions this year. Mr. Stevens will speak at:

  • The National Down Syndrome Society Conference in Washington D.C, July 24, 2004,
  • The World Congress and Expo on Disabilities in Orlando, Florida, October 7-9, 2004
  • The Arc's Annual Convention in Boston, Massachusetts, November 18-20, 2004

For additional events, see the website

Stevens is one of a few professionals able to address the complex issues and components associated with developing a secure plan for the special needs individual. He provides guidance to families who have children with a developmental disability such as, Autism and Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. He directs families through the lifestyle, legal, government benefits and financial needs issues necessary to secure their child’s future care, supervision and quality of life. His comprehensive service includes establishing Special Needs Trusts.

Stevens, who lectures extensively throughout the country to parent and professional groups, assists a wide demographic of individuals in the planning process; ranging in age from infants to seniors. Stevens’ vast experience in this niche area helps him provide families with the highest level of specialization when planning for their child’s current and future needs. He is a highly sought after consultant to financial advisors, attorneys, and government agency personnel.

His book, The ABC's of Special Needs Planning Made Easy, provides parents a variety of simple steps to consider in the planning process. These steps include writing a Letter of Intent, the creation of a Special Needs Trust and an evaluation of government benefits. The book also includes excellent special needs resources for families. Stevens describes himself as "A catalyst for the entire planning process."

Ken and Jenny Hicks of Gilbert, Arizona, whose son has Asperger's syndrome, have this to say about the guidance and expertise they received from Bart Stevens. "Our advice to anyone who has a loved one with special needs is to contact Bart Stevens immediately so he can educate you on how money, care, and guardianship affect the entire family, not just the person with special needs. It is imperative that you have someone with the knowledge and expertise to outline the possibilities of things that can go wrong if certain issues are not addressed properly."

Stevens is excited his field is growing as more people are becoming aware of special-needs planning. "The planning process for a loved one with special needs can be time-consuming and overwhelming. The plans you make now can provide peace of mind for you and your family. Most importantly, it will assure care, supervision, security and quality of life for your loved one with special needs."

About Bart Stevens Special Needs Planning, LLC.

Bart Stevens Special Needs Planning, LLC is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our purpose is to educate and provide future planning options, products, and services for families, friends, organizations, and professionals who have, or know, a person with a developmental disability.

Bart Stevens (ChLAP, AZCLDP), has been providing estate planning services since 1972. He founded Bart Stevens Special Needs Planning in 1993 exclusively to educate, provide information, and assist families in planning for the future care of their loved one with a disability. He is one of the first to earn the professional designation of Chartered Lifetime Assistance Planner (ChLAP) from the National Institute on Life Planning for Persons with Disabilities. In addition, he is also an Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer.

Contact Information:

Bart Stevens, ChLAP

Bart Stevens Special Needs Planning, LLC

8687 E Via de Ventura, Suite 213

Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phone: 480-991-0909

Toll Free: 888-447-2525

Fax: 480-556-0714

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