Loud & Clear: The SNA Blog

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Loud & Clear: Family Conversations is written by our member attorneys and guests for individuals with disabilities and their families. We tackle the day-to-day and long-range issues that affect the quality of life. Readers are welcome to comment on the discussion, though we can not answer legal questions here. For answers to specific legal questions, please find an attorney in our Directory.

Locating Inpatient Mental Health Treatment for People with Disabilities

Seeking inpatient mental health treatment can be daunting, especially when considering the unique needs of individuals with disabilities. Whether the individual is a minor or an adult, understanding the complex legal issues involved in assisting a loved one get the help they need is crucial in making informed decisions.

April 25th, 2024|0 Comments

Tips for Securing Long-Term Nursing Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

Transitioning a loved one with developmental disabilities to a long-term care (LTC) facility is a challenging process. The search process can feel daunting due to concerns surrounding the quality of care, financial aspects, and the individual's adjustment to new routines. Additionally, if you are the individual's guardian or family member, you may also need to face the task of choosing between permanent placement and the possibility of multiple transitions. Thorough planning can help reduce those concerns.

March 19th, 2024|0 Comments

Powers of Attorney and Your Child with Special Needs

Powers of attorney are critical when you have an older child with special needs. If you are the parent of a child with special needs, you likely have grown accustomed to making medical, educational, and legal decisions on behalf of your child as a minor. When your child turns 18 and becomes a legal adult, your legal authority ends as your childā€™s parent. However, when your adult child has special needs, they may still need significant assistance in making these types of decisions or may be unable to make them altogether. Whatever your familyā€™s situation may be,Ā a special needs attorney can assist you in determining whether powers of attorney are right for you and your family.

February 16th, 2024|0 Comments

Long-Term Care Planning for Children with Disabilities

When you are the parent or guardian of a child with developmental disabilities, planning for your childā€™s future starts early. One top consideration for your loved one as they age is planning for their long-term care. Read what to consider when embarking on the planning process.

January 16th, 2024|0 Comments

Divorce and Children with Special Needs

Of the many life challenges and circumstances that can potentially disrupt the life of a child with special needs, divorce is undoubtedly one of the most difficult situations to contend [...]

November 16th, 2023|0 Comments

Transferring Guardianship Between States

Moving is one of the most stressful things that anyone can do, let alone helping someone who has special needs move. Different states have different rules that may further complicate a move involving a person who is under guardianship.

August 25th, 2023|0 Comments

Preparing Young Adults with Disabilities for CollegeĀ 

Every parent experiences some anxiety as they prepare to send their child to college, but for parents of children with disabilities, those anxious feelings can grow exponentially. We are sharing some helpful tips to help allay your nerves and ease the transition process for both you and your child.Ā Ā 

June 15th, 2023|0 Comments

Turning 65: Changes to Consider for Individuals with Special Needs

When a family member approaches age 65, there are often significant changes to benefits and supports. In addition, there are opportunities that can offer future benefits to your loved one that need to be addressed, some before your loved one turns 65. What services may be changing? What do family members need to know? To help prepare for this transition, we have highlighted some of the top considerations.

April 12th, 2023|0 Comments

Understanding and Navigating the Caregiver Shortage

The caregiver shortage is a growing problem for people with disabilities, older adults, and those that support them. Quality of life and care are often significantly compromised for all care partners. This article strives to answer the questions - how did we get to this point? And what can you do if you need caregiving help?

February 27th, 2023|0 Comments

What to Know When Your Child With Disabilities Turns 22Ā 

On the heels of a child with special needsā€™ biggest milestones becoming an adult at eighteen (18) comes the next and arguably more challenging milestone ā€“ life after turning twenty-two (22). What services end? What do parents and guardians need to know? To help prepare for this transition, we have highlighted some of the top considerations.Ā 

January 13th, 2023|0 Comments

Pursuing a Temporary 504 PlanĀ 

Your school age child may benefit from the institution of a temporary 504 Plan to help them better succeed at school. But is that a possibility? If so, what does that process look like? Read more to help answer those and other questions.

December 14th, 2022|0 Comments

Government Programs for Children With Special Needs

For parents of a child with special needs, the support and resources needed can feel overwhelming. The Special Needs Alliance is a national alliance of attorneys for special needs planning.While some resources vary by state, there are government programs that can help alleviate some of the most urgent issues. The following provides an overview of the most popular offerings.

August 23rd, 2022|0 Comments

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