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If you are a parent, stepparent, grandparent or caretaker of a special needs child you need to prepare for the day when you are no longer able to physically and financially care for your special needs loved one. While it is not suggested that you stop caring for the special needs loved one today, there is no better time than to start your planning than now and to actually try it out, so as to cure any unanticipated issues now while you still have the mental, emotional and financial wherewithal. First on the list of priorities is to find a standby guardian who can step in and care for your loved one without complication, so as to insure a seamless transition. Better still is to have two caretakers who can assume responsibility for the day to day needs of your special needs loved one. This blog has discussed the wisdom and utility of a standby guardian.

While it is essential for you to discuss these plans with any standby guardian and alternate standby guardian, as any legal responsibility to assume guardianship requires the consent of the standby guardian, it is always best to discuss these decisions with your loved one. Many autistic children do not deal with change very well. As such, having the standby guardian come in to run the show and do what you do on a daily basis is best. The same applies for any alternate standby guardian. It would also be best to discreetly disclose your financial planning, income and expenses with the standby guardian as well as any alternate. Any monies coming in from public agencies or even benevolent societies as well as a review of key service providers would be necessary for the standby guardian to understand if you become incapacitated, disabled or otherwise unable to provide the same level of care that you currently provide for your special needs loved one.


On March 3, 2015 the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting in Denver, Colorado, rendered an opinion in the case of Draper v. Colvin, where it explicitly admitted that it drew “a hard line” when it upheld the decision of the Social Security Administration that denied Stephany Draper eligibility for supplemental security income. Draper v. Colvin, 229 F.3d 556 (8TH Cir. 2015). Ms. Draper was an 18 year old woman who suffered traumatic brain injuries in an automobile accident and applied for supplemental security income benefits. In addition, she filed a personal injury case where she netted approximately $429,000 from the settlement. This amount of money would render Ms. Draper ineligible for both supplemental security income as well as Medicaid, both of which are means based programs.


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