Loud & Clear: Family Conversations2022-02-17T08:40:51-05:00

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.

Music as a Healing Art

By Catherine Leas, CELA The arts are a gift to all of us, but for individuals with special needs, they hold special promise. When Willy, who has severe developmental disabilities, plays [...]

March 12th, 2012|0 Comments

Special Education Under Siege

By Andrew H. Hook, CELA Federal law stipulates that all children with disabilities are entitled to a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive setting possible. That's a broad—and [...]

February 27th, 2012|3 Comments

Medicaid and Special Needs

By Carol S. Battaglia, Esq. Medicaid, jointly funded by the federal government and individual states, is arguably the most important public benefit available to individuals with disabilities. While eligibility guidelines, [...]

January 30th, 2012|4 Comments

Advocacy in an Election Year

By Lois M. Zerrer It's an election year, and budget discussions at all levels of government are threatening decades of progress on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The stakes are [...]

January 16th, 2012|0 Comments

Balancing Wages with Public Benefits

By Barbara Isenhour, Esq. Individuals with disabilities and their families often worry about the effect that the individual's working will have on government benefits. Holding a job—aside from delivering a [...]

November 21st, 2011|0 Comments

Guardianship Varies by State

By Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq. Regardless of the severity of an individual's cognitive impairment, that individual is presumed to be a competent adult at the age of 18. If the [...]

October 19th, 2011|3 Comments

The Trust Protector as Insurance Policy

By Robert B. Fleming, CELA Planning for the lifelong care of a loved one with special needs is daunting. Even the most carefully constructed special needs trust can't be expected [...]

September 21st, 2011|1 Comment

The Danger of Medicaid Block Grants

By Bridget O’Brien Swartz, CELA The budget deficit dialogue underway at both state and federal levels seriously threatens the well-being of individuals with disabilities.  Various proposals to restructure Medicaid are [...]

June 23rd, 2011|Comments Off on The Danger of Medicaid Block Grants

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