The Pandemic Is Tough on Caregivers

2021-03-09T10:19:08-05:00

This post was authored by Margaret A. Graham, Esq., of Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale, PC,  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She focuses her practice on special needs and elder law, and is caregiver to a child with special needs. Caregiving is hard work, even in normal times. During the pandemic, stress levels can soar.  With kids doing schoolwork [...]

The Pandemic Is Tough on Caregivers2021-03-09T10:19:08-05:00

NURSING HOME VISITS BALANCING HELP AND HARM

2021-01-19T09:39:53-05:00

This issue of The Voice® was written by Special Needs Alliance board member Mary Alice Jackson, Esq., a founding partner of the firm Boyer & Boyer, P.A. in Sarasota, Florida, where she is now of counsel. She is a graduate of Stetson University College of Law. Ms. Jackson enjoys assisting individuals and families with special needs trust planning, and counseling clients on long term care planning. She is board certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar and is licensed in Texas. Her website is www.boyerboyer.com.

NURSING HOME VISITS BALANCING HELP AND HARM2021-01-19T09:39:53-05:00

The Pitfalls of Paying Family Members to Provide Care

2021-01-19T09:37:21-05:00

This article for The Voice® was written by Courtney L. Fletcher, Esq., of Springfield, Missouri. Courtney is an attorney in the Estate Planning Practice Group of Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C. and has been practicing law since 1995. Her practice area include special needs planning, estate planning and administration, probate, trust and elder law, guardianships/conservatorships and Veteran’s benefits. Courtney is a member of the Missouri Bar, past president of the Greene County Estate Planning Council, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a VA accredited attorney. She is a past director of the Missouri Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and a past chairman of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association Probate & Trust Committee. She currently serves on the Elder Law Committee of the Missouri Bar and is also a member of the Estate, Trust and Elder Law Institute Planning Committee. Please visit her at www.cecb.com.

The Pitfalls of Paying Family Members to Provide Care2021-01-19T09:37:21-05:00

Nursing Home Visit Policies in Flux

2021-01-19T09:36:13-05:00

This post was authored by Mary Alice Jackson, Esq., of Boyer & Boyer, Sarasota, Florida. She is a Special Needs Alliance (SNA) board member and focuses her practice on special needs planning, elder law and estate planning. She is Board Certified in Elder Law by the Florida Bar.

Nursing Home Visit Policies in Flux2021-01-19T09:36:13-05:00

Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines Cause Concern

2021-01-19T09:36:00-05:00

This post was authored by Kim Dayton, Esq., Professor Emerita at the William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota. Her areas of interest include disability rights, parenting an adult child on the autism spectrum, and end-of-life decision-making. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), a federal agency with [...]

Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines Cause Concern2021-01-19T09:36:00-05:00

Mediation Promotes Relationships, Dignity and Choice

2021-01-11T11:24:40-05:00

ROXANNE J. CHANG, JD, MS LLP, is an attorney specializing in elder and special needs law. She is also a Limited Licensed Psychologist, with a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Ms. Chang has experience in consultation and advocacy for persons with dementia, developmental disabilities, and other individuals with special needs. She also provides conflict resolution services, including mediation and conflict coaching. Ms. Chang has a solo private practice in Plymouth, Michigan.

Mediation Promotes Relationships, Dignity and Choice2021-01-11T11:24:40-05:00

“Wings for All” Activists Make a Dream Come True

2021-01-11T11:21:51-05:00

(From left) Job Coach Kathy Walters and self-advocate Angela Campbell with the “boarding pass” for their round-trip flight to San Francisco. Angela Campbell, of Madison, Wisconsin, has a can-do attitude that touched the hearts of Wings for All sponsors and volunteers, inspiring them to make a dream come true. “I’m saving my money [...]

“Wings for All” Activists Make a Dream Come True2021-01-11T11:21:51-05:00

Letter of Intent Gives Valuable Advice to Future Caregivers

2021-01-11T11:18:55-05:00

By Glynis A. Ritchie, Esq. Parents of children with special needs have lots on their plates. When it comes to estate planning, the tasks at hand can be complicated, and the choices parents have to make – how to provide for their child’s needs when they are not around and whom to name as fiduciaries [...]

Letter of Intent Gives Valuable Advice to Future Caregivers2021-01-11T11:18:55-05:00

Preparing for Dementia

2021-01-11T11:15:13-05:00

By Sally L. Schoffstall, CELA Dementia is on the rise with the aging of baby boomers. Nearly six million individuals in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s, while others deal with cognitive decline related to Parkinson’s disease, stroke, Downs Syndrome or other medical conditions. The changes are often wrenching, as parents become vulnerable and adult children grieve [...]

Preparing for Dementia2021-01-11T11:15:13-05:00

Five Activities to Improve Your Child’s Communication Skills

2021-01-11T11:13:36-05:00

By Lisa Orlando, Invo-Progressus Communication is such a fundamental part of who we are that we can take for granted how often we use these skills. Speaking, listening, questioning and responding are all a part of our daily lives. That is why so much emphasis is placed on communication regarding your child with special needs. [...]

Five Activities to Improve Your Child’s Communication Skills2021-01-11T11:13:36-05:00

In Case You Missed This: Choosing Summer Camp for Kids with Disabilities

2021-07-20T16:06:33-04:00

The summer camp experience can benefit a child with special needs and parents alike, but they’re likely to feel anxious ahead of time. For kids, it’s fear of the unfamiliar. For parents, it’s worries about having someone who doesn’t really know their child suddenly take charge. But if properly researched, spending time at a day [...]

In Case You Missed This: Choosing Summer Camp for Kids with Disabilities2021-07-20T16:06:33-04:00

Travelers with Special Needs Learn Ins and Outs of Airports

2021-01-11T11:08:41-05:00

Travel can be especially stressful for individuals with disabilities…or it can open doors. During October, members of the Special Needs Alliance participated in programs in Chicago, Houston and Phoenix that were designed to introduce those with special needs to the airport experience. The Houston and Phoenix events were part of a nationwide program, Wings for [...]

Travelers with Special Needs Learn Ins and Outs of Airports2021-01-11T11:08:41-05:00

Roundup: Inheritances/Caregivers/Court Filings

2021-04-12T06:23:49-04:00

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. The grandparents of my child with special needs left him an inheritance. What do we do? Without special needs planning, a well-intentioned inheritance can leave someone ineligible [...]

Roundup: Inheritances/Caregivers/Court Filings2021-04-12T06:23:49-04:00

New Rule Would Ban Required Arbitration in Nursing Home Disputes

2021-01-11T11:01:50-05:00

By Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq. New regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), scheduled to become effective November 28, 2016, prohibit federally funded nursing homes from requiring applicants to agree to binding arbitration in the event of future disputes. The regulations, however, are currently on hold due to an injunction entered by [...]

New Rule Would Ban Required Arbitration in Nursing Home Disputes2021-01-11T11:01:50-05:00

Finding the Right In-Home Aide

2021-01-11T10:59:29-05:00

By Paula Peaden, Esq. In-home services are often the key to keeping individuals with disabilities of all ages living in the mainstream community. But hiring and working with aides in the family home can be an emotion-fraught experience. Here are some tips. Think Through Needs Carefully consider exactly what services your loved one requires. These [...]

Finding the Right In-Home Aide2021-01-11T10:59:29-05:00

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

2021-01-11T10:58:58-05:00

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

I Just Want to Raise My Child:

2021-01-11T10:57:38-05:00

Discrimination Against Parents with Disabilities By Robert L. McClelland, CELA The National Center on Parents with Disabilities estimates that at least 4.1 million Americans with children under 18 (6.2 percent) have disabilities of their own. Every day, in countless ways, those moms and dads battle deep-rooted stereotypes as they take on that toughest of jobs [...]

I Just Want to Raise My Child:2021-01-11T10:57:38-05:00

Roundup: Family Case Study/Modified Curriculums/Paying Home Care Workers

2021-07-20T16:05:45-04:00

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. Family Case Study Planning for the long-term needs of a loved one with disabilities is a big job. Check out this case study about [...]

Roundup: Family Case Study/Modified Curriculums/Paying Home Care Workers2021-07-20T16:05:45-04:00

Choosing Summer Camp for Kids with Disabilities

2021-01-11T10:55:31-05:00

By Mary Waltari, Esq. The summer camp experience can benefit a child with special needs and parents alike, but they're likely to feel anxious ahead of time. For kids, it's fear of the unfamiliar. For parents, it's worries about having someone who doesn't really know their child suddenly take charge. But if properly researched, spending [...]

Choosing Summer Camp for Kids with Disabilities2021-01-11T10:55:31-05:00

Roundup: When You Suspect a Disability/Guardianship Mediation/Nursing Home Discharges

2021-04-12T06:31:24-04:00

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. When You Suspect Your Child May Have a Disability... It can be overwhelming to realize that your child may have a disability. Read tips [...]

Roundup: When You Suspect a Disability/Guardianship Mediation/Nursing Home Discharges2021-04-12T06:31:24-04:00

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