Monday, 30 March 2015

Reduced Price for Autism Conference

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.

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