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Stuart Hawkins' Story

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Stuart Hawkins' Story

Special Needs Planning (SNP) has been a focus for me since 2005. Life pointed me in this direction when our first child was diagnosed with hydrocephalus as a newborn, and later with a brain tumor at age 3.

My daughter is now 30 years old, and my journey as her father exposed me firsthand to many of the experiences families with a child with special challenges encounter. My wife, Janet, and I have navigated many similar medical, social, educational, legal, vocational, and relational issues experienced by the families I advise.

This journey enables me to offer in-depth knowledge, compassion, and experience to my SNP clients while recognizing that each family’s circumstances are unique.  I have had the privilege of presenting my workshop to 70 organizations throughout the state of CT.  My passion and goal is to assist families with a loved one with special needs to navigate the atypical and complicated issues so often met by similar families.  My clients rely on my guidance regarding the legal and financial issues that will impact their loved one’s future.

In my spare time, I am the Board Chair of PLAN of CT, The Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of CT, a non-profit organization that acts as a trustee for Special Needs Trusts.  I also am a coach with Special Olympics, and Janet and I actively raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research through The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PLGA Fund at PBTF).       (back to top)


Upcoming Workshops and Events....

Workshop Title:   Planning for the Future of your Loved One
                                          with Special Needs

Thursday, April 18                     12 - 3    Univ. Hartford Konover Center
200 Bloomfield Ave                                      
Transition fair, not a workshop

Monday, April 22                        6:30                 Simsbury Public Library
725 Hopmeadow Street, 
Program Rm. 2, Lower Level
Click to Register

Friday, May 3                       7am - 3:30   Autism Education Conference
Mashantucket Pequot Museum, 
110 Pequot Trail, Ledyard Center, CT
Registration required                     Exhibitor at conference, not a workshop

Tuesday, May 14                         4 - 6                           Beanz & Co. Cafe
300 West Main Street, Avon (in New England Pasta Co.)
Click to Register 

Wednesday, May 15                                         Southington High School
720 Pleasant Street, Southington                 Transition fair, not a workshop

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