At Milestone Consulting, we have helped many families protect the financial futures of their children with special needs. We implement plans that involve trusts, Medicare set-asides and much more in order to ensure their settlement and other income are being used as appropriately and efficiently as possible. Through the relationships I have built over the years with these clients, I have seen parents’ dedication to giving their children the best life possible.
Unfortunately, information about special needs activity programs isn’t as readily available as it should be in some areas of the country. But many organizations out there offer outstanding programs that bring joy and other lasting benefits. Below are two we find particularly noteworthy, as well as a list of resources we hope you’ll find helpful.
Equine-Assisted Therapy [EAT], also known as equestrian therapy, uses horses to help promote emotional growth in people with special needs. Equestrian therapy has been particularly noted for assisting children and adults with special needs stemming from the following:
- Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
- Anxiety and/or depression
- Behavioral and mental health issues
- Brain injuries
- Delay in mental development
- Genetic syndromes
Click here for more information about some of the facilities around the country that offer equestrian therapy programs.
Sports Leagues Specifically Designed for Special Needs
No matter your child’s level of physical or cognitive ability, there is likely a sports league nearby that will welcome them to the team. For example, the Miracle League is a national organization that’s dedicated to welcoming all people with special needs to play baseball. The league removes the barriers that keep children and adults with mental and physical limitations from playing on conventional baseball fields. Since 2000, the Miracle League has grown to include 300 Miracle League groups across the country and in Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia. More than 200,000 people with special needs participate, so chances are, there’s a field near you.
There are numerous organizations that help families connect with programs and activities best suited for their special needs children. When looking for options near you, consider connecting with some of the below.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
BlazeSports America (U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund)
Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA)
National Recreation and Parks Association
National Sports Center for the Disabled
National Ability Center
About John Bair
John Bair is an experienced settlement planner and financial consultant. He helps families develop strategies to provide lifelong financial support for children with disabilities, catastrophic injuries, special needs, and congenital abnormalities. Read more about John’s work and his firm, Milestone Consulting, at http://milestoneseventh.com/.
A West Point graduate where he served as captain and military aviator, John Bair continues his commitment to our country through his efforts within the settlement planning industry. He has represented families of victims lost in the Flight 3407 crash, offered pro bono services to the families of 9/11 victims and drafted the first consumer protection bill for plaintiffs (H.R. 3699).