SNA to Speak at The Arc’s Convention

SNA members will be featured speakers at The Arc’s national convention, “Achieving Momentum,” in Seattle, Washington, from August 3-5.

On Sunday, August 4, 2:30 p.m., Brian Rubin, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, will address guardianship and its alternatives during a session that will weigh considerations of personal independence versus oversight.  In certain cases, for instance, powers of attorney and healthcare proxies may be more desirable means of handling educational, financial and medical decision-making  than a full guardianship.

On Monday, August 5, 9:00 a.m., Stephen W. Dale, Pacheco, Calilfornia, will cover  the “Latest Trends in Special Needs Trusts (SNTs).” He’ll address the differences between first party, third party and pooled SNTs and the circumstances in which each is appropriate. Tips will be shared on how to craft trusts that can adjust to changes in the availability of benefits and services throughout the beneficiary’s life. He’ll also discuss recent issues in trust administration, including how, with the involvement of care managers, SNTs can provide protection from abuse and neglect.

In addition, in his capacity as president of the Arc of Illinois, Brian will be among those introducing Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, who will receive The Arc’s most prestigious recognition, the “Advocacy Matters!” award.  That presentation will take place on Sunday, August 3, 4:00 p.m.