Autism Awareness Month Brings New Survey - One in 50 U.S. Schoolchildren Have Autism: What the Recent Statistic Tells Us

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As the number of children diagnosed with Autism rises, the frustration and concern over their future rises as well. This increase in anxiety surrounding the future points to more need for the type of guidance A Special Needs Plan offers.

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There is a huge need for parents to be aware of the steps involved to secure their child’s future

A Special Needs Plan provides education, action and support for families in alleviating that worry and in putting together a plan to secure and protect the futures of these children.

Special Needs Planning is a new term to most. It is a process that identifies the financial, legal, and lifetime needs for family and loved ones. Special Needs Planning does not end with the identification of these needs, but includes the necessary action steps that families need to take to ensure a bright future for every family member. Please be advised that due to the complexity of this type of planning, finding a qualified and experienced professional is imperative.

Ryan Platt, Founder of A Special Needs Plan, has served families with special needs in such planning for over 7 years. Over the years, many parents have expressed that the thought of planning weighs heavily on their hearts, and that they are concerned for their child’s future if the parents were no longer alive. However, most families do not know where to start in researching and then finding an expert in the field of Special Needs Planning. This is why 73% of families are simply working with other family members in an attempt to assemble a proper plan. This lack of expertise results in only 7% of families having a true, comprehensive, and functional plan. (“Living with Autism” Study conducted by Easter Seals).

  •     79% of parents of children with autism are concerned about their child’s future independence
  •     79% of children with autism are more likely to be living at home beyond the age of 18
  •     74% of parents fear their child will not have enough financial support after parents die
  •     90% of adults with special needs are unable to work in a full-time capacity
  •     65% of parents/caregivers report they don’t have enough help in planning for the future

There is a huge need for parents to be aware of the steps involved to secure their child’s future, especially during Autism Awareness month.

Finding a qualified and trained professional in special needs planning, including financial planners, attorneys, trust companies, and accountants, is vital so that families know the steps in making a plan. A Special Needs Plan is a place to turn. Ryan Platt, Founder of A Special Needs Plan says, “We are always here to answer any questions, and we are happy to do so. We recently launched an education website where you can download/view a guidebook called “The Family Advocate.” The guidebook includes questions you should ask professionals to make sure they are qualified.”

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For more information about A Special Needs Plan please call 800-SN9-8610 or email

About A Special Needs Plan:
A Special Needs Plan was founded in 2006 as a special needs planning advisory firm. They offer special needs planning educational products, planning consultations to families, as well as educational workshops and seminars for families, organizations, and financial professionals. They are on a “Million Family Mission” to reach one million families with accurate and credible information, as well as offering advisory services to families’ across the country. A Special Needs Plan is passionate about helping to alleviate the anxiety surrounding special needs planning and transform that feeling of anxiety into a sense of empowerment, so that families are able to provide for their loved one with special needs, while at the same time provide for the whole family. To learn more visit

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