“Mr. Social Security

The Kentucky attorney who called himself “Mr. Social Security” pleaded guilty to charges of theft of government money and payments to a federal judge for his role in defrauding the Social Security Administration (SSA).  On March 24, Eric C. Conn admitted to working with doctors and an administrative law judge to procure $550 million in…

New Comic Book Supports Special Needs Siblings

The challenges of being a child with special needs, or the parent of one, are fairly well known and documented.  Less talked about and often ignored is the experience of being the sibling of someone with special needs.  The role can bring with it a confusion of emotions, including frustration, anger, pride, shame, competitiveness, protectiveness,…

IDEA requirements

Parents of students with disabilities may be rethinking their child’s educational plan after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents took him out of public school. At issue in the case was the level of educational benefit that public schools must provide to…

Service Dogs

The family of a girl with cerebral palsy may sue her former school district for refusing to allow her service dog as a companion in school, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The Michigan case revolved around whether the family of Ehlena Fry could seek damages under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) without first going…

special needs children

Private retirement savings plans, like IRAs and 401(k)s, have become the main way for American families to save for retirement. But parents of children with special needs need to be vigilant when signing up for a retirement plan or company life insurance program. Most retirement accounts allow the owner to choose a designated beneficiary to…

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