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.

ABLE Implementation: Fall 2016 Update

By Taylor Woodard MPAff & MSSW, Program Associate, The Arc There have been numerous developments in ABLE programs since the enactment of the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life [...]

October 24th, 2016|2 Comments

When Should You Consider a Pooled Trust?

By Janet Lowder, CELA, and Elena Lidrbauch, CELA Directly receiving a personal injury settlement, inheritance or other sizable sum of money can derail the finances of someone with disabilities. That's [...]

September 27th, 2016|2 Comments

Government Programs for Children with Disabilities

By Mary Waltari, Esq. Are you aware of the federal government programs available to minors? Some cover all minors and some cover only minors with disabilities. They vary from cash [...]

September 19th, 2016|Comments Off on Government Programs for Children with Disabilities

Finding the Right In-Home Aide

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 [...]

September 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

How to Open an ABLE Account

By Stephen W. Dale, Esq. The first ABLE programs have been launched in Florida, Nebraska, Ohio and Tennessee, and three of them welcome applicants from other states. Since accounts can [...]

August 9th, 2016|Comments Off on How to Open an ABLE Account

Adopting a Child with Special Needs

By Jennifer L. Lile, CELA There are up to 134,000 children with "special needs" awaiting permanent homes, according to the National Adoption Center, and the demand is growing. In the [...]

July 25th, 2016|0 Comments

Consider Sole Benefit Trusts for Medicaid Spend Down

By Jane Skelton, Esq. Long-term care is expensive, and an older individual may consider Medicaid to pay for that care. If the individual has a family member or friend with [...]

July 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Consider Sole Benefit Trusts for Medicaid Spend Down

Special Needs Trusts and Federal Student Aid

By Christopher W. Smith, Esq. When a special needs trust (SNT) is being set up, families are typically most concerned about government benefit programs like Medicaid and Social Security. But [...]

June 26th, 2016|Comments Off on Special Needs Trusts and Federal Student Aid

I Just Want to Raise My Child:

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) [...]

June 1st, 2016|4 Comments

Tips for Negotiating the Best IEP

By Linda M. Gorczynski, Esq. For many families, negotiating for their child’s special ed services is highly stressful. So much depends on a young student’s getting the tools to prepare [...]

May 19th, 2016|2 Comments

Bipartisan Policy Center Recommends Long-Term Care Innovations

By Robert F. Brogan, CELA It was in late 2013 that the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), led by former Senators Tom Daschle (D) and Bill Frist (R), began studying the [...]

April 13th, 2016|Comments Off on Bipartisan Policy Center Recommends Long-Term Care Innovations

Vote!

By The Arc "Vote as if your life depends on it," Justin Dart, Jr., the disability rights pioneer often known as the father of the Americans with Disabilities Act, implored [...]

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Special Needs and the Affordable Care Act

Shirley B. Whitenack, Esq. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed nearly six years ago and its insurance exchanges are over two years old. How have individuals with disabilities fared [...]

February 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Special Needs and the Affordable Care Act

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