Developing Money Handling Skills

As you become more confident in your son or daughter’s ability to handle the responsibility and he or she becomes more confident in their ability to handle the transactions, decrease your involvement. Many parents of young adults with learning disabilities are concerned about their son or daughter’s weak skills in money handling. They are rightfully concerned about their ability to handle purchases in stores – having enough money at the register to pay for purchases, […]

The Work Of Centers For Independent Living

CILs are consumer-driven, private, nonprofit organizations that advocate for people with disabilities and offer services to people with disabilities as peers. Type in “disability awareness” on a search engine and one uncovers a wealth of programs and activities offered by schools, agencies and consultants to bring about a greater understanding of living with a disability. Many programs are for children, while others are aimed at employers or co-workers. Still other programs cover “disability etiquette and […]

One Trust, Multiply Beneficiaries

One Trust, Multiply Beneficiaries: Creating a Trust for Caregivers and Care Recipient When a family member has special needs, often a special needs trust is recommended as part of the family’s overall financial strategy. But in certain circumstances, creating one trust to include all children in the family may be a smarter tactic. “It’s definitely something to consider,” suggests Joshua A. Hazelwood, JD, LL.M1, Vice President of Advanced Planning Markets for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance […]

Pondera Solutions Launches Platform to Combat Disabled Parking Permit Fraud

Pondera Solutions, a Google Enterprise partner focused on implementing Google analytics for government agencies nationwide, announced recently the launch of the first in the nation high-tech platform to combat disabled parking permit and placard fraud, a rampant issue in cities nationwide. “People with legitimate disabilities utilize accessible parking spots to access retail stores, restaurants, and other venues in order to participate in all their community has to offer. However, when accessible parking placards are abused […]

Home Renovation Resources: Help in Making Your Home Your Home

Is your home user friendly? For all the people in your family? Is it practical for your family member with special needs? Whether it needs simple changes or major ones, home renovation – rather than a move to a new place – might be the answer. And resources abound to help you make the makeover. “In my experience, people renovate a home to help a family member with special needs gain one of two things: […]

Ontario Family Awarded Keys to New Wheelchair Accessible MV-1 Vehicle

Ontario Family Awarded Keys to New Wheelchair Accessible MV-1 Vehicle Aug 1, 2014 Mobility Ventures LLC, the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association and MV-1 Canada Join Forces to Change Lives TORONTO, July 31, 2014 – A deserving family from Sudbury, Ontario, yesterday was awarded a new, universally accessible MV-1 vehicle, made by Mobility Ventures, LLC, an AM General Company, after entering the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Associations’ (NMEDA) National Mobility Awareness Month’s (NMAM) “Local Heroes […]

Providing for a Child with Special Needs—Long Term: A Three-Part Plan

By Andrew M. Cohen, Esq. Originally published in EP Magazine November 2012 Each part of the plan plays a distinct and important role in the care of a child with a physical, mental or emotional disability. For many families with a special needs child, no matter what his or her age, the questions concerning who will take care of the child in the future and the source of the money to support that child, are […]