Florida Tech Plans Autism Workshop April 18: When Special Needs Children Become Adults

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Florida Institute of Technology’s School of Psychology offers free workshops of particular interest to parents, educators and professionals who deal with issues of autism. The workshops are scheduled from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Scott Center for Autism Treatment Seminar Room. The April 18 workshop is “What’s Hot and What’s Not in the World of Benefits to Protect Your Children and Your Family” presented by Denise Lettau, Sun Trust Bank, special needs trusts and guardianship expert.

The workshop will discuss proper planning for children with special needs as they become adults and as their parents age as well as an update on legislative cuts to benefits. Free refreshments from Sun Trust Bank will be available.

Also a Sun Trust vice president and wealth manager, Lettau regularly speaks about the importance of establishing trusts for individuals with special needs. She has been part of the bank’s Special Needs Trusts/Guardianship Unit for the past five years. Special needs trusts are established to qualify disabled individuals for government benefits and assistance. Lettau currently administers more than 90 Special Needs Trusts throughout the state of Florida and in other states.

Lettau graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1982 and from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law) in 1987. She completed the International Law Programme in London through the University of Detroit Mercy in 1988. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Washington, D.C. From 1988-1998, Lettau taught American law at the University of Kiel in Germany and at Humboldt University in Berlin.

Coming up May 16 is the free spring autism-related workshop

“What is Applied Behavior Analysis?”

Scheduled on July 27­ is Boundaries Bootcamp for Teachers, Parents and Caregivers. This is not a free workshop and requires online registration starting in April.

The Seminar Room is located on the second floor of the Scott Center for Autism Treatment at the south end of the Florida Tech campus. Parking is available off Psychology Place, near University Boulevard. For more information, contact the School of Psychology at (321) 674-8106, extension 1, or email the center at thescottcenter@fit.edu.

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