Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Special Needs = Specialized Services: Advice for Parents on How to Identify Companies That Support Families Who Have a Member with Special Needs

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Special Needs = Specialized Services: Advice for Parents on How to Identify Companies That Support Families Who Have a Member with Special Needs

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As a financial advisor specializing in helping families of children with special needs, I've seen firsthand the challenges and concerns parents face when thinking about their child's life-long support needs. As a parent, you have worked hard to create an environment where your child can live a happy and productive life so the companies you choose to work with should be the ones best equipped to support your family's needs.

The special needs community has complex issues and challenges to overcome. As you plan for your family's financial future, it is critical for you to work with companies involved with special needs families that thoroughly understand your situation and offer not only solutions, but ongoing support. There are several companies who have been successful utilizing technology and resources in order to offer personalized support to families with special needs.

As I continue to work with clients with these considerations, I find it helpful to point out what to look for in companies to determine if they reflect your values and understand your goals. Below are a few examples of what companies are doing to support families with special needs:

Companies That Provide Specialized Web Site Content

A company's Web site is one of the best ways for an organization to specialize and communicate with a variety of audiences. Developing Web pages that speak directly to the special needs community enhances the experience and may even offer immediate solutions. In addition to saving time by having all the information needed in one place, a Web site with specialized content also encourages dialogue with the company, inviting you to have an interactive experience.

Companies That Offer Online Seminars

Many companies are using innovative technology to bring the rich content of seminars through the Internet to you at home. Online seminars and workshops are virtual conferences and panel discussions providing direct access to expert advice without requiring you to leave the house. For many parents, taking a few hours a day to attend a workshop is not feasible given daily responsibilities and professional obligations.

Overall, I find online seminars to be a great tool because they allow for easy access to information and advice whenever it is convenient for parents.

Companies That Identify Professionals with Additional Specializations and Designations

Companies focused on the special needs community should identify and engage with professionals who have specialized training in this sector to help make their conversations with families more effective. …

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