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Tax Breaks for Families with Special Needs

Piggy Bank sitting on top of pile of penniesThere’s no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and the odds of winning the lottery aren’t exactly in your favor. Tax breaks, though, may be something you can bank on.  Here are some tips for families with members who have special needs. (From Military One-Source)

  1. Make sure you claim all eligible dependents
  2. Explore adoption credit
  3. Try to recoup child and dependent care expenses
  4. Explore the Earned Income Tax Credit
  5. Explore the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled
  6. Find out whether you can claim medical or dental expenses

    Find out more about each option as well as find the IRS Publication where the details are found by going to

“I Want It Now!” How to Challenge a False Sense of Entitlement in Kids

I think that sometimes there is a greater temptation for parents of kids with special needs to fall into this trap even more than parents of typically developing kids.  “He works so hard to do this, that I’ll make it easy on him to do that.” or “She has special needs, so I can’t expect the same thing as I do from my typically developing child (or student)”  Grace and an alternate path to success may need to be applied to achieve similar high expectations, but giving in every time puts the child and the parent (or teacher) at risk in the long run.

“So how do you challenge that false sense of entitlement in kids, and why is it so important to do so? I believe it’s critical to challenge them because once your child grows up and goes out into the real world, he will have to work for what he wants, just like everyone else. So as a parent, it’s important that you teach your child the value of hard work and earning things. He needs to really see that integral connection between making an effort and achieving success. Conversely, when things are handed to your child, the message he’s getting is, “You don’t need to do anything—everything will be given to you in life just because you’re you.”

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What Happens to My Child When Something Happens to Me?

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After their presentation, Jeffery Babb and Martin Pierce answered questions posed by families.

Thanks to Attorney Martin Pierce (Martin Pierce Law) and Financial Planner Jeffery Babb (Battleground Financial Advisors) for spending a couple of hours with our families last night sharing the details of a Special Needs or Supplemental Needs Trusts, Guardianship, Conservatorship, and other estate planning topics.  Both men have more than 20 years experience in their fields and willingly share their knowledge.

More Than Love Alone

 

Many times as caregivers, whether for a parent, spouse, or child, we feel like the sole responsibility lies on our shoulders.  Sometimes it needs to, but sometimes, it doesn’t need to.  Asking for help is part of learning to be an effective caregiver.

“I was ready to accept that I needed help, that asking for help was the most loving thing I could do for my husband and our marriage.”

Reading this couple’s story gives much food for thought. More Than Love Alone

Lip Reading Classes Offered

New lip reading class offered for the first time for the community to attend at Chattanooga State Community College.
David M. Harrison, founder and Director of the  Lip Reading Academy will be offering Lip Reading to non-students at Chattanooga State Community College beginning Monday, February 16, 2015. The class is designed to help the hearing impaired improve their communication skills.

WHAT: Lip reading is an alternative language to enhance communication skills for those who have a hearing loss. The learning experience is easy and fun. Lip Reading can be self-taught in almost any language.

WHEN: The classes will be held four Monday evenings beginning February 16 and 23, March 2 and 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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FamilyShare TN: Special Needs 101

ReceivedDrowning hands a diagnosis? Now What?  Where Do You Go From Here?
Have You Had a Diagnosis for Some Time?   Do You Feel Like You Are Drowning?
This support group meeting topic will be the first in a new series addressing issues faced by families with special needs.  Whether caregivers are responsible for a child or a spouse or a parent, families face changes in so many areas of their life when someone receives a diagnosis.  We will walk through each area with you over the coming months.

  • Financial
  • Spiritual
  • Educational
  • Medical
  • Physical
  • Social/Emotional
  • Relational – Marriage
  • Relational – Siblings
  • Relational – Professionals & Educators
  • Organization & Time Management

In Special Needs 101, we will introduce each issue and share a few practical tips in each category. In following months, we will take each category and spend additional time expounding on each topic, sharing additional tools, specific resources, success stories, and strategies as well as offering Question and Answer opportunities.

Special Needs 101 will be the perfect introduction for the family who just received a brand new diagnosis. It will also benefit families who have had a diagnosis for some time and yet feel like they are drowning in their responsibilities. It could also be a valuable training opportunity for those who want to understand caregivers and the issues that they face on a daily basis.  It will be facilitated by two caregivers with more than 30 years of caregiving experience between them.  Join us to meet with other families who are caregiving and share the struggles and the successes.

Free Meal for those registered before midnight on January 27th, 2015.

Contact LifeLine or Michal Jones, Walker County Parent Mentor at michaljones@walkerschools.org.

6:30-8:30pm

FamilyShare is LifeLine’s monthly Support Group Meeting open to families regardless of their child’s diagnosis or age. Join us for a quiet meal, listen to a representative from a local resource share information about their organization, how to get services, and answer questions from families.  Find others who share the same struggles and joys! Join FamilyShare!

Price: Free Event

Date: January 29, 2015

Address:
LifeLine, Inc.
1400 McCallie Avenue
Suite 112
Chattanooga, TN
37404 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 29

Chattanooga Scale Modelers Show 2015

Chattanooga Scale ModelersJoin the Chattanooga Scale Modelers for their day long model show on February 7th.  LifeLine will be there with a booth to share information about our services.  If you have an interest in connecting with other scale modelers, whether your interest is model cars, trains, planes, tanks, or figures, sign up for a couple hours for a chance to go to the show and share your experiences with LifeLine at the same time.  There is no cost to volunteers.  Families are welcome to come as well to the show for make-and-take and other activities for parents/children.  Families who come as attendees must pay at the door.  For more information on the show, click here.

Price: Free Event

Date: February 7, 2015

Address:
Chattanooga Convention Center

Chattanooga, Tennessee Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 11

Special Education Rights Overview

Join us at the Hatch's House Support Group to learn more about special education services.
We will be speaking at the support group meeting for families affected by pediatric cancer at Hatch's House.   LifeLine will be sharing an overview of the services that are provided byAustin Hatcher Foundation both LifeLine and STEP, Inc.  A quick overview of special education rights will also be covered.  For more details about the support group, contact Bryan Humphreys at Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer at 423-243-3471.

 

 

Price: Free Event

Date: February 9, 2015

Address:
Hatch's House of Hope
979 East 3rd Street, Suite C-232
Chattanooga, TN
37403 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: Unlimited