It’s been a minute since I updated you all on Mom Autism Money!
First of all, thank you to each one of you who has tuned in and listened. Each download really does make a difference, and we hope that it’s making a difference in your life, too.
Let’s take a minute to get you all caught up on the latest episodes.
How EVERYONE can protect themselves from financial scams.
The first episode I want to show to you guys is this great feature with technology journalist Bob Sullivan. We had a mom ask how she could better protect her kid from financial scams, and as it turns out, the tips are the same whether you’re Autistic or not. In this regard, we’re all in the same boat.
Bob has been reporting on financial scams for nearly three decades. His tips for pattern recognition are so important — give it a listen!
If you do have an Autistic child, you may want to listen to this episode first. We sit down with Morénike Giwa Onaiwu to discuss boundary-setting skills for Autistic children. Morénike is an educator, professor, advocate and an Autistic person themselves, so they provide great insights into the best ways to teach these important skills in conjunction with your child’s neurology.
We also review some great financial literacy resources with Morénike — give it a listen here.
Special Needs Trusts.
Special Needs Trusts are complicated. They’re an important tool to protect your child’s inheritance from disqualifying them from SSI, Medicaid, and any other number of life-sustaining social programs. But you have to do them right, otherwise they could be subject to Medicaid clawbacks, which allow the government to take your child’s own legacy and force them to repay them for medical care they received in their lifetime.
We were so lucky to have two experts join us to break down this complicated topics: financial planner Brenton Harrison and attorney Jillian Zacks. They even delved into ways parents with kids on the spectrum may want to plan their retirement differently, and ways you can still leave money for your child even if you’re not pulling in a huge income.
We learned so much, and are going to try to have the two of them back in the future to learn even more on this important topic! Listen here.
We come out with new episodes of Mom Autism Money every Tuesday, and we’re excited for the one that will be released tomorrow!