CIF Collaborates with D.C. Organization on NFI Training

Recently, Center for Independent Futures (CIF) has been involved in a budding housing movement on the East Coast, in collaboration with M&L Special Needs Planning – an organization in Washington, D.C. dedicated to supporting and educating families about future planning for their sons and daughters with disabilities.

In October, Jane Doyle, Director of Special Projects, and Ann Sickon, Executive Director, traveled to D.C. to host a housing development workshop for families from Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. The workshop highlighted CIF’s New Futures Initiative and aimed to share more information about CIF’s Community Living Option™ residences. The workshop was incredibly successful, with more than 65 families attending

On Feburary 20, M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC brought five families from Maryland to the CIF office in Evanston for the first two days of New Futures Initiative training. The second half of the training will take place later in the year in Washington, D.C.  Families will learn processes and tools to create alternative housing options for individuals with disabilities in their own communities.

"I have been tremendously excited about our relationship with CIF," says Maedi Tanham Carney, founder of M&L Special Needs Planning. "Their approach is organized, methodical and well planned out. They have 10 years of experience putting Community Living Options™ together, and their New Futures Initiative process can help us achieve our goals without having to reinvent the wheel. I look forward to a long collaboration as M&L works toward our five-year plan to help 50-100 individuals with disabilities in the DC area aquire the housing of their choice."

CIF is incredibly excited for the upcoming visit, and we look forward to continuing our work to expand the housing options for individuals with disabilities across the country!



Since 1992, Maedi Tanham Carney CFP® has provided financial planning and insurance services to corporations and individuals throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Maedi is a Registered Investment Advisor with Chesapeake Investment Management, LLC and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). Beginning in 2009 Maedi decided to focus exclusively on special needs planning by founding M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC.

M&L Special Needs Planning’s mission is to educate families in an emphatic, methodical, non-threatening way. They provide workshops and create financial security with comprehensive special needs life plans and government benefit counseling for the individual with special needs, siblings and parents. 

Although M&L Special Needs Planning will still work in all areas of special needs life and financial planning, the company sees the future of the business gravitating towards housing for individuals with special needs. Maedi Tanham Carney’s extensive experience in life planning for special needs as well as her real estate and financial expertise ensures that this a natural progression for M&L Special Needs Planning, LLC.

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