Loud & Clear: Family Conversations2021-07-21T13:47:04-04:00

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.

Caregiving in a Digital World

By Professor Naomi Cahn, Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School, & Rev. Amy Ziettlow, Affiliate Scholar with the Institute for American Values You've heard all [...]

May 24th, 2013|1 Comment

Making School Sports Accessible

By Scott Suzuki, Esq., Honolulu, Hawaii The U.S. Department of Education recently published guidelines clarifying the responsibility of public schools to make sports more accessible to students with disabilities. Although [...]

May 10th, 2013|2 Comments

How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect SNTs?

Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq., Florham Park, New Jersey Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a hybrid system comprised of Medicaid and state-based insurance exchanges seeks to extend health coverage to [...]

April 26th, 2013|Comments Off on How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect SNTs?

Thinking It Through

What to Consider When Creating a Special Needs Trust By Katherine N. Barr, Esq. Many parents put off the process of setting up a special needs trust (SNT) for a [...]

April 12th, 2013|7 Comments

Caregiver Burnout Hurts the Entire Family

By Heather Nadler, CELA, Tucker, GA Caregiver burnout is a destructive syndrome. Individuals become so involved with the ongoing needs of a loved one with disabilities that they neglect their [...]

March 30th, 2013|0 Comments

After the Evaluation . . .

"The child you take home is the same one you brought in." By Chris Kelsey, Board Member, Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network Parents' first experience of their child's developmental evaluation [...]

March 17th, 2013|3 Comments

Transition Planning Can Shape a Life

By Andrew H. Hook, CELA Transition planning, the preparation of a young person with special needs for adulthood, should begin before the student turns 16. Many school divisions choose to [...]

December 21st, 2012|0 Comments

Alzheimer’s Alters Family Roles

By Leonard F. Berg, CELA Alzheimer's is a disease that affects the entire family in major ways, but given that its onset is often gradual, there are opportunities to make [...]

November 23rd, 2012|0 Comments

VA Benefits: A Broken Bureaucracy

By Pi-Yi G. Mayo, CELA It's been said that navigating the Social Security and Medicaid systems is a "sprint," while applying for Veterans Administration (VA) benefits is a "marathon." The [...]

August 30th, 2012|Comments Off on VA Benefits: A Broken Bureaucracy

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