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Medical Malpractice and Cerebral Palsy

Do you know your rights when it comes to medical malpractice and cerebral palsy?  Cerebral palsy a serious injury that occurs before, during, or just after birth; causes include lack of oxygen to the brain, head trauma, infection, or premature delivery.  The cost of caring for a child with cerebral palsy can be great, and you do have the option of pursuing compensation through a medical malpractice

More States Updating Autism Insurance Reform

Nearly 75 percent of states in the U.S. are reforming insurance benefits for children with autism.  These reforms will include ABA, or Applied Behavior Analysis, as an approved treatment for autism.

NYC Department of Education Planning Changes to Special Ed

New York City is behind only Washington, D.C. for the worst record in the United States regarding integrating special needs students in mainstream classrooms.  The city plans to align NYC with other school districts by including more special ed students in these classrooms.

Special Needs Parenting: Planning for Retirement

An estimated 58 percent of Americans die without a will.  Life expectancy for individuals with special needs has increased significantly; for example, adults with Down syndrome now live to about 60, an increase from age 25 in 1983.  With statistics like these, it’s becoming even more important for parents of special needs children to prepare for retirement

Bank of America’s Merrill Edge Launches Program to Help Families with Special Needs Children

May 29, 2012 -- Bank of America announced today that Merrill Edge will launch a new program that offers parents and caregivers in mass affluent families the advice and guidance to help prepare them financially to take care of a loved one with special needs, while managing their own long-term goals.

IEP Goals for Children with Autism

The IEP is an important tool for educating children with autism.  IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan, and the “individualized” is a key term.  One goal that is ideal for one child is not the best for another child.  However, you can follow some of these examples and modify them based on your child’s or student’s needs.  These IEP goals and objectives are ideal for childr

How to Prepare for an IEP Meeting

It’s the time that parents refer to as “IEP season,” and many parents face it with a mixture of hope and apprehension.  The IEP is an individualized document designed to outline goals and treatment plans for children with special needs.  The IEP meeting gives parents, teachers, therapists, school administrators, and services personnel to work together to create and implement individualized goals.

Do I Really Need a Will?

There are many good reasons to create a Last Will and Testament (Will) prior to death. First, it allows you to specify who will inherit your estate. In the absence of a Will (or a trust or other arrangement to pass your assets at death), a state law sets forth designations as to who will receive your assets. If you are married, live in a community property state and the bulk of your estate is comprised of community property, your spouse will inherit most or all of your estate.

A Special Needs Planning Timeline: 9 Steps to a Sound Family Plan

Planning for the future well-being of your children is a daunting task for any parent.  Add the complexity of adequately providing for the future care of a son or daughter with special needs and the process becomes exponentially more challenging.