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U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Special Needs Student over Service Dog Dispute

Posted on: April 10th, 2017
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sided with a 13-year-old Michigan girl with cerebral palsy who had been fighting with school officials for years over whether she could bring her service dog to school with her....

FDA Seeks Input on Autism Treatments

Posted on: March 27th, 2017
Federal regulators are looking for insight from people with autism and their families as they consider the need for new drug treatments to address the developmental disorder. In a notice set to appear in the Federal Register next week, the Food and Drug Administration says it will host a public meeting this spring focused on autism....

The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act and its Benefits

Posted on: January 2nd, 2017
On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act (H.B. 34). A major component of H.B. 34 was the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, which now allows a disabled person to sign and establish their own first-party special needs trust. Previously, only parents, guardians, grandparents or a court could establish these trusts on behalf of the disabled person. ...

White Sox Plan Game with Autism Accommodations in June

Posted on: June 6th, 2016
The sights and sounds of a Major League Baseball game are something most of us have come to expect as part of the overall ball park experience. But for children living with autism, all of that can be too much to handle. Now Major League Baseball teams are trying to make sure those youngsters and their families can come out and enjoy a game. It's a program started four years ago by the league and the advocacy group "Autism Speaks." ...

Plan Ahead to Protect your Disabled Children

Posted on: March 21st, 2016
National Down Syndrome Day is March 21. Individuals with Down Syndrome have an average life expectancy of 60 years, a number which is rapidly increasing thanks to modern medicine. Parents of 60-year-old disabled adults are likely to be in their eighties and are struggling to take care of themselves, let alone their children....

Red, White & Blue Disabled Children Need You!! Contact Your Congressional Representatives TODAY

Posted on: July 25th, 2013
On May 23, 2013 Sen. Kay Hagan introduced S. 1076, the Disabled Military Child Protection Act of 2013. This legislation amends the rules for beneficiary payments of military annuities for deceased veterans by allowing payment to a special needs trust for the benefit of a disabled child. Contact your Congressional representatives and urge support of this legislation TODAY!...
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