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Special Needs Alliance Launches New, Enhanced Website

2019-08-29T14:57:01+00:00

Streamlines Access for Families and Individuals with Special Needs to Connect with Attorneys and Showcases Extensive Special Needs Resources Tucson, AZ – August 29, 2019 – The Special Needs Alliance (SNA), a national organization comprised of attorneys in the practice of special needs, disability and elder law, today launched its new and enhanced website aimed [...]

Special Needs Alliance Launches New, Enhanced Website2019-08-29T14:57:01+00:00

Call to Action! Ask Federal Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills Benefiting People with Disabilities

2019-07-09T12:47:27+00:00

The Special Needs Alliance and other prominent advocacy groups have long supported two pieces of legislation that would greatly benefit individuals with disabilities. Now we're asking you to help sign up additional co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R. 2123/S.1672) This bipartisan legislation was introduced in [...]

Call to Action! Ask Federal Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills Benefiting People with Disabilities2019-07-09T12:47:27+00:00

Robert Fechtman Elected President of Special Needs Alliance®

2019-07-08T14:08:26+00:00

Robert Fechtman, Fechtman Law Office, Indianapolis, Indiana, has been elected president of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA). "SNA is concerned about potential cuts to public benefits and attacks on Obamacare," says Fechtman. "Many of the individuals and families we serve rely on needs-based public benefits programs, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and [...]

Robert Fechtman Elected President of Special Needs Alliance®2019-07-08T14:08:26+00:00

SNA and ANRC Partner on ABLE Education

2019-07-03T17:13:48+00:00

The Special Needs Alliance (SNA) and ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) have agreed to collaborate on efforts to educate individuals with disabilities, their families and other stakeholders on how ABLE accounts and special needs trusts (SNTs) can contribute to improved quality of life. Funds held in either instrument, if properly used, are not considered countable [...]

SNA and ANRC Partner on ABLE Education2019-07-03T17:13:48+00:00

Justice Department Upholds Rights of Seniors with Disabilities

2019-08-26T18:58:22+00:00

It was in 2011 that individuals living at Harbor's Edge, a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Norfolk, asked a Special Needs Alliance member attorney to file a discrimination suit on their behalf. The facility was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Housing Act, having barred residents of its assisted living [...]

Justice Department Upholds Rights of Seniors with Disabilities2019-08-26T18:58:22+00:00

Attorneys Use Technology to Better Serve Clients

2019-08-26T19:02:15+00:00

By Robert B. Fleming, CELA & Dennis S. Voorhees, Esq. Technology is reshaping home and workplace--and law offices are no exception. Software, cloud computing and mobile devices have introduced convenience and efficiencies that benefit families with special needs. Assistive Technology Technical advances are making it easier to communicate directly with clients who are nonverbal. One [...]

Attorneys Use Technology to Better Serve Clients2019-08-26T19:02:15+00:00

PBATS and The Arc Join Forces to Promote Inclusion

2019-05-16T13:48:08+00:00

The Special Needs Alliance and The Arc collaborate on issues of mutual interest. The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and The Arc have announced a [...]

PBATS and The Arc Join Forces to Promote Inclusion2019-05-16T13:48:08+00:00

Call to Action! Ask Federal Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills Benefiting People with Disabilities

2019-06-26T16:59:20+00:00

The Special Needs Alliance and other prominent advocacy groups have long supported two pieces of legislation that would greatly benefit individuals with disabilities. Now we're asking you to help sign up additional co-sponsors in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act (H.R. 2123/S.1672) This bipartisan legislation was introduced in [...]

Call to Action! Ask Federal Legislators to Co-Sponsor Bills Benefiting People with Disabilities2019-06-26T16:59:20+00:00

Harkin Report Cites Lack of Community Services

2019-06-26T17:13:42+00:00

By Bridget O'Brien Swartz, Esq. In 1999, the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision found that delivering services in a segregated setting when such services could otherwise be provided in a less restrictive, more integrated setting, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. As a result, states were directed to provide services within the mainstream community to the [...]

Harkin Report Cites Lack of Community Services2019-06-26T17:13:42+00:00

Looming Budget Deadlines Threaten Safety Net

2019-06-26T17:10:21+00:00

By Bridget Swartz and Morris Klein As federal budget deliberations become increasingly urgent, there are a number of issues in play: Given that Senate and House versions of the 2014 budget are $91 billion apart and that the fiscal year begins on October 1, a short-term continuing resolution to provide temporary funding will almost certainly [...]

Looming Budget Deadlines Threaten Safety Net2019-06-26T17:10:21+00:00

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