This report, by Katherine Anne Dahlem of Abt Associates, describes the findings from two focus groups and other research on how families address financial and future planning for adult family members with special needs or disabilities. The findings were also presented at a webinar.
Date: November 13, 2012
Description: Katherine Anne Dahlem hosted a webinar on financial and future planning for siblings with special needs and disabilities, presenting the findings also reported in a research brief.
Katherine Dahlem from CFS and Abt Associates, Inc., conducted eight focus groups, four with adults with disabilities receiving SSDI or SSI benefits who work or want to work, and four with parents of children receiving SSI benefits and Medicaid coverage who are aging out of the school system The purpose was to gather information about how people with disabilities and their families address financial planning, understand SSA regulations, address employment, and interact with school systems. Findings suggest that information about financial planning, benefit rules, employment practices, and effective special education models is vital to people with disabilities and caregivers to help them address financial and care needs.