The ticket price for Emerging Minds' Autism and Financial Planning Conference has dropped from $ 75 per person to $ 25 per person or $ 40 for a family ticket (2 adults).
I know it can be hard to think about the future when the diagnosis is new, but there are a lot of unique circumstances that families with autism have to face:
- lack of government funded services: autism treatments are not covered by OHIP, adding a significant burden to families
- most assistance programs are means-tested: as in, if you make "too much money" you won't qualify. Most of them have caps in the $ 50 000 to $ 60 000 annual salary range.
- lifelong extra costs like group homes and support workers for low functioning adults with autism.
- high-functioning adults with autism are often underemployed due to their lack of social skills and understanding, which may mean they require additional financial support from their families.
It takes a lot of work and money to give a child with autism a chance to become an independent adult. And it is not guaranteed. I'm hearing more and more about the behind-the-scenes support needed to maintain an "independent" lifestyle and it's frankly worrying. So I strongly encourage families to take this opportunity, if they can, to learn about their options from one of the top financial advisors in Canada.