Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Self-Advocate’s Perspective


Melanie Courtney, a legal assistant with Frascogna Courtney PLLC, has conducted training in self-advocacy for The Arc of Mississippi. The Special Needs Alliance recently interviewed her concerning this growing movement within the disability community. Melanie with service dog Madine. SNA: How would you define "self-advocacy"? Melanie: Self-advocacy is about empowering someone with a [...]

A Self-Advocate’s Perspective2019-07-02T14:25:10+00:00

Sibling Perspectives on Special Needs


By Benjamin A. Rubin, Esq. When a family member has special needs, siblings grow up fast. Parents sometimes speak of how life changed for them when they began caring for a child with disabilities, but for me, and for many siblings, the special needs household is our only frame of reference. Growing up, even the [...]

Sibling Perspectives on Special Needs2019-06-26T10:58:15+00:00

Buying a House – More Questions


This issue of The Voice is written by Martha Brown, a Special Needs Alliance member in St. Louis, Missouri. Martha limits her practice to elder law and special needs law. A Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a Certified Elder Law Attorney, Martha has been designated a Super Lawyer for the last six years in Kansas City Magazine. Through her numerous community presentations and continuing legal education presentations, Martha helps attorneys and the public understand and address legal issues concerning the elderly and people with disabilities. Currently Martha is participating in the state wide task force to rewrite the guardianship code in Missouri.

Buying a House – More Questions2019-07-01T17:37:10+00:00