Loud and Clear: A Special Needs Conversation

Graduating from Special Ed, Anticipating College

Brian L., 19, recently graduated from high school, having been in special education programs since kindergarten. He has a number of learning differences, including autism spectrum disorder. In August, he enters freshman year at Millersville University, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Here, he talks about his public school experience and his eagerness to start college. Q: […]

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Posted: July 30th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Military Survivor Benefits and SNTs

Will Congress Correct this Inequity? By Kelly A. Thompson, Esq., Virginia Poor word choice can derail intent. Nearly a decade ago, legislation governing the military’s Survivor Benefit Plan stipulated that payments be made to a “person.” A literal reading of that language has meant that veterans who have children with special needs can’t assign those […]

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Posted: July 19th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

Remember, Transitional Planning Works at the Other End of the Life Spectrum, Too!

By Catherine Goebel, MA, MS Ed., NCG-CGC, ILLP There is much discussion regarding transitional planning for younger individuals with special needs moving from high school to employment, day programming, or additional education. But remember, it is also essential to have discussions regarding retirement opportunities for individuals with special needs. Never before in history have we […]

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Posted: July 5th, 2013 | No Comments »