Disability Law

We are pleased to announce that both Special Needs Companies founder Annette Hines and her husband, expert attorney Mark Worthington, have been recognized by Super Lawyers as Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorneys in Framingham, MA. 2020 marks the 7th year in a row that Annette has been honored with this elite recognition and the 13th consecutive year of recognition for Mark.   Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection…
The Social Security Administration has just announced that those who receive Social Security Retirement, Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will be getting a 1.3 % benefit increase in 2021. The 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to Social Security Retirement and Disability beneficiaries in January 2021.  Increased payments to SSI beneficiaries will start on December 31, 2020. Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail starting in…
In this episode of our Parenting Impossible podcast, Annette interviews “warrior woman,” Nina Bakoyiannis, to discuss the interwoven framework of disability discrimination in our society that exists both interpersonally and institutionally.  Under her pen name “Despina Bakos,” Nina created a blog where she talks more generally about her experiences growing up with a physical disability and the issue of ableism in our society. She also works with a grassroots disability rights organization in New York…
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, especially for children with learning disabilities and special needs. We know that many local children are struggling with school in an “online” format, while extra-curricular activities and support groups that kids may look forward to remain on hold. Your child may be feeling isolated or frustrated with learning due to these issues that are beyond anyone’s control. As a parent, you may also be worried that your…
The death of Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has brought a new push for disability rights. In this episode of Parenting Impossible, Host Annette Hines talks to Alison Barkoff, Director of Advocacy at the Center for Public Representation in Washington D.C. They discuss the impact of Justice Ginsburg‘s death on the disability community‘s fight for civil rights and why litigation to combat institutional bias is essential for the wellbeing of people…