Friends of Different Learners is an independent organization of parents, staff, and community members dedicated to maximizing the potential of Birmingham Public School students with different abilities.

All Friends meetings are FREE and open to everyone!

2016-17                     MEETING SCHEDULE

JANUARY 5, 2017

Able Act and Special Needs Trusts


The Cyber World: The Power and the Peril: Electronics Addictions and our children


Camp & Resource Fair + Micro Businesses at *Groves High School Commons


Reading Books with Friends

APRIL 13  

Employability, Job Training and Life Skills

MAY 4   

Appreciation Celebration at *Birmingham Covington School

JUNE 1   

Wrap Up 2017 & Plan 2018!

Meeting and Location Information

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month (with a few exceptions - see schedule).
  We start with a brief business meeting followed by the guest speaker and topic presentation.  Informal networking opportunities are available after every meeting to share ideas about how to help our different learners and to learn from each other.

Meetings begin at 7:00 pm unless otherwise noted.

Birmingham Covington School (BCS)
1525 Covington Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48301
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Able Act and Special Needs Trusts

January 5, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Birmingham Covington School (BCS),

1525 Covington Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301

Planning for an adult family member with Special Needs requires in-depth knowledge of ever changing local resources, laws, legal and financial tools available as you assist your family member in creating a current and future working plan to meet their lifelong dreams and needs. As parents, you have always taken good care of your child. How well are your successors equipped to help your child with Special Needs? Speakers, Minoti Rajput, CFP®, ChSNC and Mehul Mistry, CFP® of Secure Planning Strategies will explain the importance of Special Needs planning strategies and will address questions for both planning and key components of the Able Act.

  • What will happen to my loved one when I am no longer here?
  •  What is a Special needs Trust and what type should I create?
  • How does the ABLE Act work?
  • Why Wills and Trusts alone may not work.
  •  What are the government benefits and can and will they be enough?
  • What are my child’s future housing options?
  • How well do your child’s future caregivers know your Estate Plans?
  •  Have you provided instructions for your child’s future advocate
  • Is your child’s vital medical information, key resource providers, likes & dislikes, routines and interests and other critical information compiled in one location for future caregivers?

For more information contact Jane Konoya at 248-497-2706 or