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ACL Failed to Conduct Required Oversight of Program for Those With Disabilities

Federal Department of Health and Human Services officials have failed to conduct required visits of independent living programs for thousands of people with intellectual and physical disabilities, the agency’s Office of the Inspector General found. Source/more: Washington Post       For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230 or visit www.davidwingate.com David Wingate is an estate planning and elder law attorney at Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate. The…

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Dental Students Will Soon Be Trained to Care For Those With Special Needs

Dental school students will soon be required to learn how to care for patients with disabilities under new guidelines from an accrediting body. The Commission on Dental Accreditation approved new standards this summer requiring all U.S. dental schools to train students in the assessment and management of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, among other special needs populations. Source/more: Disability Scoop           For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate…

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Building and Designing Homes For People With Disabilities

  When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became a law 1990, it ensured legal rights across a variety of areas from employment to education, transportation and public accommodations in commercial buildings. While it addressed many major issues, one area where people with disabilities and their families continue to struggle is being able to live comfortably in their own homes. Source/more: Forbes   For a complete list of upcoming seminars, visit our website at www.davidwingate.com. Peace of mind is only a call or click away! For an Initial Consultation call Estate and Elder Planning by David Wingate at (301) 663-9230…

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What Can an Elder Law Attorney Do For Me?

Elder law attorneys serve as advocates for elderly or disabled clients and their families, providing counsel on a wide range of topics including health care, guardianship, and estate planning. Though it may seem that elder law attorneys are meant to handle extreme or unusual cases, everyone can benefit from the services of an elder law attorney. Here are four things an elder law attorney can do for you: Estate Planning Making sure your affairs are in order is essential, and having an experienced elder law attorney to guide you through the process makes everything easier. Because there are strict guidelines…

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Fraser Creates Resource for Employers on Hiring Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Individuals on the autism spectrum often display many qualities — such as high attention to detail, perseverance for repetitive tasks, timeliness — that can make them extremely valuable employees. Unfortunately, traditional approaches to hiring tend to favor people who are excellent communicators, well-spoken, and highly social. Because those on the autism spectrum often struggle with interpersonal and communication skills, the typical interview can be challenging for them effectively to communicate their talents and suitability for a particular job. But with some simple modifications to the recruiting, application, and interview processes, employers can land qualified candidates who are on the autism…

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Support the Disability Treaty (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD)

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee needs to hear from the public that there is support for the Disability Treaty (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD). More than 700 disability community leaders are pushing for the Senate to ratify the Disability Treaty. Last year, the disability treaty was defeated by five votes in the Senate.  Visit the CRPD Citizen Action Center to make your voice heard.

Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

On November 7, Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Bill Nelson (D-FL); Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA); Finance Committee – Health Care Subcommittee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV); and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Ranking Member Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act in the Senate (S. 1672).  The House companion (H.R. 2123) recently picked up six new cosponsors. The bill would allow people with disabilities to create their own special needs trusts without having to ask a parent, grandparent, legal guardian of the individual, or the court.   Now is the time to take action…

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Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD

More than 700 disability community leaders are pushing for the Senate to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Last year, the disability treaty was defeated by five votes in the Senate.   I support the ratification of the CRPD because it protects the rights of people with disabilities. If you are interested in helping the cause, please sign and distribute the petition for ratification. Tweet your senators using the following the hashtags: #isupportcrpd, #crpd, #disabilitiestreaty.

Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

House Energy and Commerce Committee staff who work for Rep. Henry Waxman (ranking member of the committee) have agreed to request a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score for the SNT Fairness Act (H.R. 2123). It is important to obtain a CBO score to show that there is no cost to the bill. NAELA needs your help to support Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging and member of the Senate Finance Committee, as he prepares to introduce the Senate version of H.R. 2123, Special Needs Trust Fairness Act of 2013. Please ask your senators to be original…

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LTC Commission Ducks Financing Issue, While Minority Calls for New Social Insurance Program

  Judith Stein   The Commission on Long-Term Care has issued its recommendations for reforming the way long-term care services are funded and delivered to seniors and people with disabilities.  Unable to agree on changes to the fragmented and frayed system of financing long-term care, the Commission left that crucial area largely untouched.  But five Commission members who voted against the majority’s proposals confronted the question of financing head on, calling for a public insurance program to cover long-term care needs. Created as a substitute for the canceled CLASS Act in the “fiscal cliff” budget deal, the bi-partisan Commission was charged with…

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