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.

Getting Out the Vote: Improving Access for Voters with Disabilities

By Sally L. Schoffstall, CELA During this mid-term election year, there are urgent issues at stake that directly affect the lives of people with disabilities. Budget battles at every level [...]

February 22nd, 2014|Comments Off on Getting Out the Vote: Improving Access for Voters with Disabilities

Choosing the Right Nursing Home

By Martha C. Brown, CELA When a loved one of any age requires the round-the-clock care of a nursing home, it’s important to select one that fulfills both their medical [...]

February 9th, 2014|9 Comments

Care Managers Can Reduce Family Pressures

By Franchelle C. Millender, CELA Working with a care manager can significantly lower family stress, providing reassurance that the right steps are being taken to ensure a loved one's quality [...]

January 27th, 2014|1 Comment

Transferring Guardianship Between States

By Scott Suzuki, Esq. With the increasing mobility of American families, the need to transfer guardianships between states is on the upswing. A new job (or military assignment), supports that [...]

January 12th, 2014|67 Comments

End-of-Year Tax Considerations

By H. Amos Goodall, Jr., CELA Caring for a loved one with special needs can run into millions of dollars over the course of their lifetime, so the last thing [...]

December 16th, 2013|Comments Off on End-of-Year Tax Considerations

Mental Illness Awareness Month

A Largely Unaddressed Epidemic By Laurie Hanson, Esq. October is Mental Illness Awareness Month, almost an oxymoron. Do you realize that more people in the U.S. have mental illness than [...]

November 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Tax Planning for Families With Special Needs

By Bradley J. Frigon, CELA As tax-paying season approaches, there are a number of tax obligations and deduction opportunities that families with special needs should bear in mind. It's important [...]

November 28th, 2013|Comments Off on Tax Planning for Families With Special Needs

Structured Settlements and SNTs

Protecting Public Benefits By John F. Kearns III, CELA, West Hartford, Connecticut When settling a personal injury case, the value that public benefits will bring to the plaintiff's quality of [...]

November 28th, 2013|Comments Off on Structured Settlements and SNTs

The Untapped Talent of Workers with Disabilities

By Jefferey Yussman, Esq. Unemployment for people with disabilities hit 16.8 percent last summer. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that in fiscal 2011, it received more complaints of disability-related [...]

November 28th, 2013|0 Comments

March Is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Advances and Setbacks By Robert B. Fleming, CELA In 1987 President Ronald Reagan proclaimed March “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.” The deinstitutionalization movement of the seventies and early eighties had laid [...]

November 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Microboards and Guardianship

By Ann McGee Green, Esq. This past summer, one of my client families was successful in having – for the first time in Virginia – a microboard-named guardian for their [...]

November 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Head Over Heart Moving to a Group Home

By Brian Rubin, Esq. Deciding whether or not an adult child with disabilities should move from the family home into a supported, community-based residence can be wrenching experience. Aside from [...]

November 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Self-Advocacy’s Growing Momentum

By Martha C. Brown, CELA Today, the expectations of individuals with special needs are radically different from those of previous generations. They plan to participate in community life to the [...]

November 28th, 2013|0 Comments

Home Care for Alzheimer’s

By Ruth Courtney, Richard A. Courtney, CELA, & Morris Klein, CELA In the U.S., 70 percent of those diagnosed with Alzheimer's are cared for at home, creating a stressful balancing [...]

November 17th, 2013|0 Comments

Preparation Pays at Special Ed Meetings

By Hyman Darling, Esq., Massachusetts  With special ed spending down 11 percent since 2010, parents may find meetings with the local Committee on Special Education (CSE) increasingly tense. When negotiating [...]

November 1st, 2013|2 Comments

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