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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 75 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.  Janet and I actively raise funds for pediatric brain tumor research through The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PLGA Fund at PBTF).       (back to top)