The cost of raising a child, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will take roughly $240,000 from birth to age 18. For a special needs child, those expenses can quadruple.
Eighty-eight percent of parents who have children with special needs have not set up a trust to preserve eligibility for benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Social Income.
Due to the advances in medication and technology many children with special needs will outlive their parents or guardian and there is one question that must be answered: What would happen to a child with special needs if something were to happen to the parent first?
More than 59% of caregivers say there is too little information available about financial assistance (benefits and support provided by government agencies); and 55% say that such information is very difficult to find.
YANA Nation has changed that.
YANA Nation’s goal is to provide information exclusively for those with differing abilities that will aid in securing self-sufficiency and independence. We are bringing the special needs community out of the shadows and equipping them with the tools and knowledge necessary to successfully navigate their futures using three core pillars:
Nearly one-fifth of all Americans—more than 54 million men, women and children— have a disability, according to the National Organization on Disability
A YANA Nation is working to improve national statistics by helping parents & caregivers advocate for themselves & their children with special needs.
Driven by a passion for preserving legacies and celebrating those with special needs, the YANA Nation team always welcomes connecting with families and experts dedicated to serving others.
Founder & Chief Servant Officer
Creator and host of the YANA Nation podcast, Rick Knight has dedicated his financial services firm, Servant Financial Group, to providing planning solutions to the special needs community.
Chief Information Officer
Teaching organizations to give back as a form of marketing makes Anneke Godlewski, owner of Market Ink, a natural in building relationships, online courses, and YANA Nation.
Learn, connect, and gain support with events aimed at helping the special needs community. Want to highlight your organization's event and increase participation? Share it with us so it can be featured by YANA Nation!
GaDOE staff hosts K-12 Special Education Directors' Webinars to support implementation of IDEA and improve results for students with disabilities. Recorded webinars occur on the 2nd Tuesday of each month except in November and March and a PDF of the presentation are posted soon after the live meetings occur.