The Advocate Blog

Voices for Autism with Stacey Stirmer

The Financial Advocate podcast

 "Our mission, at Voices for Autism, is to raise money, awareness and acceptance of individuals and families affected by autism. In addition to raising awareness, we hope to promote the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people living with autism. We want to see individuals on the spectrum achieve their highest level of independence within their home, school and community. Voices for Autism would like to help better the future for individuals and families who are affected by autism."

Jenerations with Jennifer L. FitzPatrick

Caring for Aging Parents

Jennifer L. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) is the founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., a full service healthcare education organization.  With over 20+ years experience in healthcare, Jennifer is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University’s Certificate on Aging program.  Her mission is to help healthcare organizations and professionals grow while empowering patients and their caregivers.

Check out more about Ms. FitzPatrick, MSW, LCSW-C, CSP, and her company, Jenerations by clicking on the website below!

529 Plans with Paul Curley, CFA

The Special Needs Connection 

We have been doing a lot of research with 529 plans because of college savings and the newly introduced ABLE Accounts. After you get done with this podcast, check out our previous podcast posted specifically about ABLE Accounts!

"Paul Curley, CFA, is Director of College Savings Research at Strategic Insight, where he oversees data, research, consulting and events on 529 savings plans, 529 prepaid plans and ABLE accounts for institutional clients. He is also the Editor of the 529 Dash e-newsletter and 529 Insiders website for advisors, accountants and estate planners."

Check out more about Mr. Curley and Strategic Insight on their website below:

Real Look Autism with Mary Beth Marsden

The Special Needs Connection

Mary Beth Marsden:

"Who am I? Well, I guess the most relevant fact is that I have a daughter with an ASD. She was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD) when she was 3 years old. During that time, and for more than 20 years, I was a local television news anchor/reporter at WMAR-TV in Baltimore. If you want to check it out…You can find my YouTube Channel. Now, I’m basically producing stories in very much the same way as any broadcast news organization…Except these stories are all about wonderful kids who have Autism. I like to call them “SPECtacular Kids” on the spectrum!

Real Look Autism is, first and foremost, a visual resource. RLA will be funded through sponsorships and contributions. We are not directly fundraising or selling a particular product. Real Look Autism is a non-profit organization and we are open to many avenues of support.

Please contact us at and sign up for our e-mails…that way you’ll know when we post a new video. We look forward to your comments and mostly look forward to hearing your stories. Real Look Autism-growing up on the spectrum…you tell us something that’s working for you…and we’ll show everyone else."

Financial Divorce Planning with Steven Bryant, CDFA®

The Special Needs Connection & Caring For Aging Parents 

Here is the focus of what Mr. Bryant, CDFA® at SYNERGY DIVORCE SOLUTIONS can help you with:


Divorcing spouses usually have plenty to disagree about; money shouldn't be one of them. Divorce settlement agreements come down to numbers, and the numbers don’t lie. They can be analyzed to determine how fair or unfair any settlement offer would be.

That’s why divorcing spouses should seek the guidance of a financial professional experienced in divorce settlements. While attorneys are essential to the process, they generally do not possess the financial skills to assess the short & long-term consequences of the divorce settlements they help negotiate."

Learn more about the company and how they can help you on their website below!

Team Up For 1 with Charlie Levine

The Special Needs Connection Podcast

"Illness has no off season, no matter the outcome we know the game is never over. The Team Up For 1 Foundation (TU41) mission is to enhance the quality of life for children (and their families) with developmental disabilities, chronic and life threatening illnesses. TU41 engages the sports world by matching children with teams from every competitive level – college, high school and professional. Through MVP Ceremonies, team activities and endless TU41 programs – children and families leave behind their heavy burden and receive support and compassion to improve their quality of life. TU41 offers programs supporting parents and siblings as part of caring for the child."

Check out more great information and resources on their website below. See what this amazing non-profit is doing to make a strong impact in the special needs community!