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A New Resource for a Growing and Caring Community

A New Resource for a Growing and Caring Community

A New Resource for a Growing and Caring Community
George Nichols III
Oct 25, 2021

Whenever I read personal stories and consider how special needs impact children, adults, caregivers, and families, I marvel at their spirit and resilience. While I can’t deny the special needs community’s tenacity, they need the help financial professionals can provide, and we need to embrace the urgency of this moment.

Studies have indicated 7% of all children have some sort of developmental disability. 26% of U.S. adults are classified as living with special needs or a disability. And yet despite these growing numbers, one is still distressingly low: one-third of caregivers for those with special needs aren’t planning for their own futures right now. Without a sound financial plan to assure their security later in life and to ensure their loved ones and dependents have the care they need, caregivers are sacrificing their own quality of life for a goal that eludes their grasp. These dedicated individuals shouldn’t have to choose between themselves and their loved ones with special needs. 

That’s why I’m proud to announce the launch of a new website for The American College Center for Special Needs, which will serve as a headquarters for The College’s professionals and networks to better address the needs of caregiver clients and finally help them achieve the peace of mind they deserve.

Established in 2014 by a transformative gift from MassMutual, the Center for Special Needs seeks to be the nation’s leading voice on financial planning for professionals working with the loved ones, guardians, and caregivers of those with special needs. Supported by world-class thought leadership, programming, and education focused on the underserved but rapidly growing special needs community—including The College’s own Chartered Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®) professional designation—the Center is uniquely positioned to deliver a massive benefit to society and these communities.

I couldn’t be more proud to share this exciting news, and I invite you to visit the new Center website as we continue to shine a light on the Center’s work and its synergy with the only financial services designation that provides comprehensive education in special needs planning. We remain steadfast in our commitment to the special needs community, caregiver clients and loved ones alike, and hope you’ll join us in making the relaunch of this Center website a success.