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.

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

Long Waiting Lists for Community Services Deny ADA Rights

By Jason Frank, CELA and Jenna L. Snyder Both the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Supreme Court's related Olmstead decision support an individual's right to receive long-term care [...]

January 12th, 2016|Comments Off on Long Waiting Lists for Community Services Deny ADA Rights

Trust Advisory Committees Can Guide Trustee Decisions

By B. Bailey Liipfert, III, CELA Acting as trustee for a special needs trust (SNT) is a demanding responsibility, and one person or bank trust department may not possess all [...]

January 6th, 2016|Comments Off on Trust Advisory Committees Can Guide Trustee Decisions

Pairing Advance Directives with Supported Decision-Making

By Michael A. Kirtland, CELA When a young person reaches the age of 18 (19 or 21 in certain states), they are legally considered an adult. For many it's an [...]

December 2nd, 2015|Comments Off on Pairing Advance Directives with Supported Decision-Making

Implementing the ABLE Act

By John Ariale, Esq., Guest Blogger One year ago, the chances for passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act seemed bleak. However, for those of us advocating [...]

November 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Implementing the ABLE Act

Ignoring Medicare Set-Asides Puts Coverage at Risk

By Pi-Yi G. Mayo, CELA & Bryn Poland, Esq. When a personal injury suit is being settled, one often overlooked step is the creation of a "Medicare Set-Aside (MSA)," money [...]

September 6th, 2015|Comments Off on Ignoring Medicare Set-Asides Puts Coverage at Risk

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