Disability Law

In the final week of our “Month of Love” series, Annette invited two special guests to discuss the importance of seeking healing for all family members, not just the neurodiverse child.    Matthew and Carol Newell are the Founders of the Family Hope Center in Greater Philadelphia and authors of “Healing Your Child’s Brain: A Proven Approach to Helping Your Child Thrive.”    Since 1981, the Newell’s have worked both separately and together to…
Under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), all states must implement a statewide system of services for infants and toddlers (from birth to age three) with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. See generally 20 U.S.C. §1431 et seq.   To determine if such services are necessary, there must be a timely evaluation of each disabled infant or toddler’s ability to function. See 20 U.S.C. § 1435(a)(3).  …
For week 3 of our “Month of Love” series, Annette is joined by Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP to discuss the importance of self-love when it comes to healthy aging for women.   Annette starts the podcast by admitting that she used to feel pride in putting herself last — working her fingers to the bone and going to bed absolutely exhausted every night. However, she has realized that this isn’t what…
As many as eight million eligible citizens may not have received their second Covid relief checks, primarily because their income is so low that they have not been required to file tax returns. On January 22, President Biden issued an executive order instructing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to take steps to help this population obtain their payments.   “To ensure equitable and effective delivery of direct payments and focus on getting relief to eligible…
Parents or other family members establishing a special needs trust for their child often want to name a professional — usually a bank, trust company, attorney, certified public accountant, or non-profit — as one of the trustees of the trust in order to take advantage of that individual’s experience with investments, money management, and tax planning. The professional trustee can also be a great option for families looking for a “disinterested party” to provide a…