Disability Issues Articles


Virginia Woman's Fight Against Guardianship Illustrates Dueling Theories of Guardianship Law

A 29-year-old Virginia woman with Down syndrome is fighting her mother's attempt to obtain guardianship in a case that has drawn attention to the tenuous balance between laws that seek to protect people with special needs while affording them maximum control over their lives.

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Insurance Industry Fighting to Remove Kennedy's LTC Plan From Health Reform

A proposal to establish a new national long-term care insurance program for those with disabilities is under attack by the insurance industry.

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New Book Draws Insights From Adults Living in Specialized Housing

A new book of essays, Identity, Self, and the World: Learning from Adults with Developmental Disabilities, distills what author David Wizansky has learned over 30 years of running group homes for people with special needs.

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Finally, Military Members Can Name Special Needs Trusts as Beneficiaries of Survivor Benefit Plans

With the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, Congress has, for the first time, allowed military members to name special needs trusts as beneficiaries of Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP). 

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Virginia Woman Successfully Fights Mother's Guardianship Petition

A Virginia court has ruled in favor of a 29-year-old woman with Down syndrome and refused to grant her mother's guardianship petit...

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Most SSDI and SSI Beneficiaries to Receive One-Time Stimulus Payment

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus bill), Congress has authorized one-time $250 payments to most Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) beneficiaries.

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Social Security Administration Attempts to Correct Gay Marriage "Penalty" for Some SSI Recipients

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has finally decided that it can’t have it both ways when it comes to gay couples it once claimed weren’t married.

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Vets With Disabilities Can Qualify for Pensions, Other Benefits

In addition to federal benefits like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), disabled veterans who have served our country during wartime are also entitled to a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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