“A Way to Save Money” Check out CalAble Accounts

CalABLE is a tax-advantaged savings program for people with disabilities.

A CalAble account allows anyone who became disabled before age 26 to save up to $15,000 a year without having that money count against the $2,000 asset limit for means-tested programs like SSI and Medicaid.

In the last year we have been busy in Sacramento creating and pushing thru bills to help people with disabilities to have a CalAble account, to also save for their future. We have gotten bills passed so Medi-cal cannot recover funds from the account. Also passed was a bill that the CalABLE accounts are a federal program, so everyone in the United States who is eligible can access to this program, which make a larger pool, which in turn lowers the admin fees. Now we are working on a bill that makes it easy for a person to make tax deductible donations into the account.

Right now the CalABLE account has a limit of $100,000, so we would like to see this limit raised, or that you are allowed to have multiple CalABLE accounts.

Currently the CalAble Team is working with vendors to work out who will run and administer this program for California. This provides people with disabilities the foundation to save money for their future, and medical expenses.

If you have any questions, please contact the CalABLE Staff at calable@treasurer.ca.gov





The Simple Dollar – Disability Guide

Please welcome The Simple Dollar to our listing of Special Needs Resources Listing. Did you know research found that most people who have become or already living with disabilities are not fully aware of the benefits and resources that are available to them. This guide will not only answer common questions like qualifications, but also the application process, as well as it provides a calculator that can help estimate monthly and annual benefits. Please find their information and website details on the Neglia Collaboration Special Needs Resource Listing.

Medical MalPractice Center

Please welcome the Medical MalPractice Center to our caring list of providers, for parents to take advantage and educate themselves about medical malpractice. Did you know that Medical MalPractice is the leading cause of Death in the U.S? MalPractice can happen when we least expect it, and comes in many serious forms, and can endanger the life of a patient, and medical bills can sky rocket while you try to help the patient. Educate yourself on possible signs of malpractice and neglect. Find out more about the Medical MalPractice Center, visit the Special Needs Resources Section of Neglia Collaboration.

Diploma or Certificate Bound Student

As my son Tyler is 18 now, and is a Senior in high school, we weren’t really sure if he was going to be certificate or diploma bound. As our children learn, were aren’t always sure how they will growth, build confidence and which path they will take. Through out Tyler’s high school, we have made sure to work closely with his Program Specialist, and the IEP team (from the school district), to understand all the options (credits needed to graduate) and services available. I have also made sure a representative from the Regional Center attended each of Tyler’s IEP meetings, so both Service providers were involved every step of the way.

For example if Tyler leaves school with a Certificate, then he will stay in the school district until he is 22 years of age, and be eligible for the Adult Transition Program Services.  If Tyler graduates with a Diploma, then he is fully exited out of the Unified School District and their services end. Hence, I made sure a few years ago, to learn about the San Diego Regional Center, and the services they provide, for students that have graduated with a Diploma. I made sure to do all the paperwork and interviews, and had Tyler’s case reviewed by the Regional Center and approved for their services. So upon graduation with a Diploma, we will work with the Regional Center case worker to create a personalized plan for Tyler, that will incorporate, community college, life skills, and job coaching etc.

We are very excited that Tyler worked so hard, to accomplish this huge feat in his life. He is proud of himself, and positive for what the future will hold. He is driven to graduate and transition to the next big step in life, college!! For more information on the San Diego Regional Center, please go to my listing of Parent Resources.


Cord Blood Center

Please welcome Cord Blood Bank as the latest parent resource, on the Special Needs Resource Listing. Cord Blood Center is a new organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of public cord blood banking. Umbilical cord blood has helped children survive over 80 diseases and disabilities including leukemia, spinal cord injury, anemia, autism and is now in FDA regulated clinical trials at Georgia Regents University for cerebral palsy. Cord Blood Center’s  mission is to help promote the benefits of cord blood to help communities around the country better understand how they can benefit and help save lives of children in need.

The team at cord blood banking, provides the latest up-to-date information and free resources for expecting parents. There has been over 35,000 cord blood transplants thanks to donors worldwide. With more awareness we can increase that number and further save lives of children suffering from cancers, blood disorders and many other serious disorders and disabilities including cerebral palsy.

For further information please contact,
The Cord Blood Center
Katie Wilson
Awareness Advocate
1888 780 2885

Mingle – Networking Group for Families and Professionals in the Community

Mingle – Advocacy Resources for Parents of children with Special Needs

I attended this amazing fun event, where you can meet professionals that specialize in various services for parents of special needs children. The event is free. At this event I met with the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of San Diego, who can work with your child in their lab, to supply the right equipment if they have a speech or communications needs. I also met with another company that specializes in offering refurbished laptops to children with special needs and seniors. There are many vendors, and also families with children that attend these free events. Check out thier website and calendar for the next event!


Braille Institute Annual Eye Disease & Access Technology & Workshop Fair

I attended the most amazing presentations and workshop fair at the Braille Institute in La Jolla, on Friday September 27th, 2013. The keynote speaker was Dr. Bill Takeshita, O.D. who is the Consulting Director of Low Vision Education at the Braille Institute of America, Inc. He presently serves as the Chief of Optometry to the Center for the Partially Sighted and he is an Adjunct Professor at the Southern California College of Optometry. He is a truly valued resource and he is blind. The next Speaker was Juan Hernandez, who is the Access Technology specialist at the Braille Institute. He is also blind, but presented all the latest applications and technology you can use in everyday life, to check your email, use public transportation, buy groceries etc. He teaches at the Braille Institute and can also all be scheduled for private meetings.