• Posted on August 17, 2020

    The US Department of Education is providing details about how states, schools, and parents can best address student special education needs during the COVID-19 pandemic while still following the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

  • Posted on May 19, 2020

    If you have a disabled child who is approaching their 18th birthday, now is the time to start planning for their future.

  • Posted on March 23, 2020

    Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order 2020-10 on March 20, 2020. It went into effect at 5:00pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020.
    This Executive Order generally requires individuals in Illinois to stay at home, but contains numerous exceptions.

    Any businesses qualifying as “Essential Businesses” are permitted to remain open.

  • Posted on December 9, 2019

    With bi-partisan backing and passage through the U.S. Senate, President Trump signed the Autism CARES Act of 2019 into law on September 30, 2019.

  • Posted on June 24, 2019

    Planning ahead and knowing the legal and financial needs of caring for a sibling with special needs can help make a difficult transition run more smoothly. These changes are hard for all family members involved.

  • Posted on June 3, 2019

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a broad range of behavioral conditions that include challenges with social skills, speech, and nonverbal communication as well as repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimate that autism affects 1 in 59 children in the United States.

  • Posted on May 13, 2019

    Estate planning requires specialized planning when you have a child with special needs. Looking to the future as to how your child will be able to function in the world as they age is particularly tricky to assess.

  • Posted on April 10, 2017

    Posted by:  Jennifer A. Johnson 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. At issue are two federal disability laws. The school district claimed it could ban the dog under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which allows a teacher’s aide to assist students instead. The law also requires families that contest school decisions to first go through administrative proceedings. But the family said it could sue for damages under a different […]

  • Posted on March 27, 2017

    Posted by:  Cynthia Tolan 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 public meeting is intended to allow FDA to obtain patient perspectives on the impact of autism on daily life as well as patient views on treatment approaches for autism,” the notice reads. “Autism is one of at least 20 diagnoses that […]

  • Posted on January 2, 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. What is a First Party Special Needs Trust and what are its benefits? A Special Needs Trust is a type of trust designed to protect the assets of a person with a disability. A “first-party” Special Needs Trust can be established […]