Building Lyn’s Future Plan: Through the Lockes’ Eyes


By Taylor Woodard, MPAff & MSSW, Program Associate, The Arc Janet Locke tossed her books down on the counter and got up her nerve. "Hey, Mom, there is something Lyn and I want to discuss with you and Dad. You two have done so much for Lyn all these years, making sure she had every [...]

Building Lyn’s Future Plan: Through the Lockes’ Eyes2021-01-11T10:58:58-05:00

Adopting a Child with Special Needs


By Jennifer L. Lile, CELA There are up to 134,000 children with "special needs" awaiting permanent homes, according to the National Adoption Center, and the demand is growing. In the context of foster care and child welfare, "special needs" refers not only to a child who has disabilities, but to children whose risk factors for [...]

Adopting a Child with Special Needs2021-01-11T10:58:47-05:00

SSI Rules for Students


This installment of the Voice was written by Special Needs Alliance member Barbara Isenhour, Esq., of the firm of Somers Tamblyn King Isenhour Bleck, PLLC in Seattle, Washington. Barbara's practice focuses on government benefits for individuals with disabilities and estate planning for families with children who have special needs. A board member of Full Life Care in Seattle, Barbara frequently lectures around the state of Washington on issues involving special needs trusts and government benefits for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

SSI Rules for Students2021-01-11T10:58:37-05:00

Roundup: Subsidized Housing/Nursing Home Contracts/Alzheimer’s


SNA attorneys have ongoing involvement with the wide-ranging issues faced by individuals with disabilities, their families and the professionals who serve them. Below is a sampling of posts from member blogs and newsletters. SNTs and Section 8 Housing A recent court decision has implications for special needs trust beneficiaries who seek subsidized housing. Read more. Nursing Home [...]

Roundup: Subsidized Housing/Nursing Home Contracts/Alzheimer’s2021-04-12T06:28:34-04:00

Consider Sole Benefit Trusts for Medicaid Spend Down


By Jane Skelton, Esq. Long-term care is expensive, and an older individual may consider Medicaid to pay for that care. If the individual has a family member or friend with a disability, a sole benefit trust could be considered. If drafted correctly, transfers of the individual’s assets to a sole benefit trust would hasten Medicaid [...]

Consider Sole Benefit Trusts for Medicaid Spend Down2021-01-11T10:58:09-05:00