Caring, Compassion, Community.
The American College Center for Special Needs is committed to elevating the knowledge of financial planning professionals in the area of special needs planning and promoting strategies and solutions that aid individuals with special needs as well as their caregivers.
Established in 2014 by a transformative gift from MassMutual, the American College Center for Special Needs seeks to be the nation’s leading voice on financial planning for professionals working with the loved ones, guardians, and caregivers of those with special needs. Formed from expert thought leaders in the field and backed by the best-in-class knowledge and know-how of The American College of Financial Services, the Center offers information, programs, and education that focus on this underserved but growing part of our communities.
In the United States, 26% of adults have some type of disability
Out of all children, 7% have a developmental disability
Among caregivers, 33% are doing nothing to save for their future needs or goals
Only 1 financial services designation provides comprehensive education in special needs planning: The College’s Chartered Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®)
Prioritize emergency savings, retirement, and future care needs.
Guide caregivers on benefits programs available to them.
Many caregivers need guidance on benefits programs available to help them.
The Chartered Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®) is an online, self-study program designed for experienced financial advisors who want to make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities or special needs. Augment your current financial planning and interpersonal skills with specialized knowledge focused on helping parents and caregivers plan for immediate and long term care, as well as wisely and compassionately guiding families through complex financial decisions and benefits systems so they and their loved ones can have the peace of mind they deserve.
With the ChSNC®, you can give your career a higher purpose—and make a real difference in people’s lives.
Growing Pool of Potential Clients
Only Credential for Special Needs Planning
Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Approach
Preparing for a Loved One's Future
Out of all caregivers, 54% expect to predecease children with special needs.
Knowledge of Financial Planning Tools
Among caregivers, 66% have not set up a Special Needs Trust (SNT) to provide for loved ones.
Ensuring Security and Stability
87% of caregivers are concerned about how loved ones with special needs will be cared for after they pass.
MassMutual SpecialCareLearn More
SpecialCare is a program developed by MassMutual that provides access to information and resources to families with dependents of any age with special needs. Their mission is to help educate families and caregivers of people with special needs about the importance of creating a life care plan to help provide a secure financial future for themselves and their loved ones.
Chartered Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®)Find a Financial Professional
Families caring for an individual with special needs face unique financial challenges, and yet few financial advisors have the specialized skills to help. A Chartered Special Needs Consultant® (ChSNC®) is equipped to provide expert guidance through complex benefit and financial systems so your family and loved ones can thrive.
Always By Your Side.
As the father of a child with disabilities, Tom Brinker, JD, LLM, PFS/CPA, AEP®, ChFC®, is uniquely qualified to lead our ChSNC® program and The College’s Center for Special Needs. Watch this video for a look at his passion for addressing issues no other financial education programs touch, and to learn why his personal connection to this underserved but important part of our community helps make the ChSNC® curriculum special.
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Financial Planning Strategies for Families Caring for Those With Special Needs
There’s a tremendous opportunity for professionals who want to expand their business by helping a chronically underserved audience—households and families caring for those with these unique needs. Download our guide to learn about the three immediate strategies financial services professionals can use to help caregivers with their planning.