Future Planning Project

Parents of children with intellectual, physical, mental, or emotional disabilities dedicate countless hours to caring for their special needs. Parenting a child with special needs requires that you rely on many doctors, teachers, therapists, care providers, and social service organizations to give you and your child the best recommendations and services at the right time. In addition, you must also trust yourself to make decisions that could impact your child’s future comfort, care, and development.

Concerns about the future are very real. Where will your child live after you and your spouse are no longer alive? Who will care for your child, and where will the money come from? Fortunately, help is available with local, state, and Federal programs easing some of the monetary demands on the family. In addition, there are private groups that can help with long-term care. If you wish to provide the highest level of care, however, you will need to plan for many scenarios and develop a plan for the best possible use of fun

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Housing, Employment 
Community Inclusion

October 9, 2015                       
Guardianship and Powers of Attorney November 13, 2015   Completed Click to view webinar
Special Needs Trusts & ABLE Act Accounts

January 15, 2016

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SSI, SSDI and Representative Payees February 12, 2016   Completed Click to view webinar
Medicaid, MAWD and Waivers March 11, 2016   Completed Click to view webinar
Medicare April 8, 2016   Completed Click to view webinar
Consumer Fraud September 9, 2016   Completed Click to view webinar
Educational Transition Planning for Children
Ages 14-22
October 14, 2016   Completed Click to view webinar
"I Want To Work" - Vocational Transformation
& Community Employment
November 11, 2016



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Turning 26? Happy Birthday and Happy World of Health Insurance December 2, 2016


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HIPAA/Advanced Health Care Directives

January 13, 2017



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The Basics of Special Education Law February 10, 2017

9-11 a.m.

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ABLE/Special Needs Trusts March 10, 2017 9-11 a.m. Completed Click to view webinar
Managed Long-Term Care and Waivers April 14, 2017

9-11 a.m.

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ACHIEVA Family Trust offers a free Future Planning Guide for families to use as a resource in their Future Planning efforts. Please click on the guide link Future Planning Guide and enter your email address.

The Future Planning Guide is a picture of your family member, containing all of the information that makes him/her unique. The details of this picture include your family member’s health history and finance as well as his/her experiences with life and learning, family and friends, and likes and dislikes. 

The Future Planning Guide assists in developing a plan to help ensure that your family member’s needs are met day to day, on special occasions and in times of emergency.

To receive a copy of the Future Planning Guide, please send your email request to futureplanning@achieva.info or call (412) 995-5000 x589.

Legal Assistance

Click here for a list of attorneys located in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area who have expressed an interest in and are willing to assist families and individuals with disabilities regarding their future planning needs.  These attorneys can assist families in determining the types of future planning that will best meet their needs.  In addition, these attorneys are able to draft future planning documents that may include a Last Will and Testament, Special Needs Trust, Power of Attorney, and Living Will.  If you are interested in future planning, please feel free to contact one or more of the attorneys listed in order to discuss your needs

ACHIEVA & United Way

With the help of the United Way of Allegheny County, ACHIEVA Family Trust is piloting this new program to assist the families of individuals with special needs in their future planning processes.  These services include education opportunities, consultations and referrals in Estate Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Government Benefits, and other aspects of Future Planning.  Our program works with families to help determine what choices best fit their particular situation and to customize a future plan that fully supports the individual with special needs.