NU Online News Service, May 19, 2003, 4:55 p.m. EDT – The MetDESK unit at MetLife Inc., New York, has formed marketing relationships with five nonprofit groups that serve parents of children with serious disabilities.

The groups are the Autism Society of America, Bethesda, Md.; the Special Needs Advocate for Parents, Century City, Calif.; the National Organization for Rare Disorders, Danbury, Conn.; the National Down Syndrome Society, New York; and The Arc, Silver Spring, Md., a group that helps people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities.

MetDESK, MetLife’s division of estate planning for special kids, will market financial and estate planning support to the groups’ members.

MetDESK, which was started in 1998, helps develop customized financial arrangements for families of people with severe disabilities.