"Have you heard of this group?" asks Howard, my editor, handing me a printout.

"This is kind of for work and kind of not for work." The printout described Protected Tomorrows (www.protectedtomorrows.com), a Lincolnshire, Ill.-based advocacy firm founded by financial planner Mary Anne Ehlert, who once reprinted an article I wrote on special needs trusts for Practical Accountant. I wrote that article for the same reason I'm writing this column: Howard, as usual, had my autistic son Alex, 10, not far from the front of his mind.

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