The SunTrust Foundation Helps Build Financial Confidence for Families With Children With Special Needs

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The SunTrust Foundation Helps Build Financial Confidence for Families With Children With Special Needs

From left to right: Maeghan Pawley, Autism Speaks; Arnold Evans, SunTrust president for the Central Division of Florida; Katie Spizzirri, Autism Speaks; David Fuller, president, SunTrust Foundation; Chris Kendall, SunTrust Bank

From left to right: Maeghan Pawley, Autism Speaks; Arnold Evans, SunTrust president for the Central Division of Florida; Katie Spizzirri, Autism Speaks; David Fuller, president, SunTrust Foundation; Chris Kendall, SunTrust Bank

In partnership with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, the SunTrust Foundation recently funded the development of a new Special Needs Financial Planning Tool Kit, a resource designed to answer the most pressing financial questions facing families of people with autism and other disabilities.

The kit, which can be downloaded free of charge, was written by experts who have both professional and personal experience with financial planning for special needs.

Almost one in five Americans has a disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and family budgets are often strained by related expenses including therapy, assistive technology or special transportation. For example, although some people with autism have careers that give them financial independence, others need extensive financial support throughout their lives from the government, their extended families or both.

“Every family deserves reliable tools and information to help ensure the well-being of their child,” said David Fuller, president of the SunTrust Foundation. “Knowing that families are facing these unique financial circumstances inspired us to partner with Autism Speaks to provide resources to build their confidence.”

In addition to the tool kit, the SunTrust Foundation and Autism Speaks have hosted financial planning workshops in Tampa, Orlando, and Washington, D.C., with more planned for Miami, Charlotte, Richmond, and Atlanta this year. The workshops are designed to connect families to information and financial planning resources in their area.

On August 13, the SunTrust Foundation, in partnership with Autism Speaks, hosted a free financial planning workshop at the University of Central Florida in Orlando to help people with disabilities and their families secure their financial future.

Congratulations SunTrust Banks, Inc.!