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Harriet P. Schleifer, Esq., of Littman Krooks LLP will speak on financial planning for a child with special needs and preparing for life after high school at the 2nd Annual Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group (NEREG) Conference on Epilepsy on October 2. The event is free of charge and will be held at Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah, New Jersey. The Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group offers unique services and comprehensive care to both children and adults with any type of epilepsy. In order to register for the conference, call (201) 343-6676.

Ms. Arkontaky will speak about “Lifetime Planning for People with Disabilities” from 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Parents of children with disabilities often admit that their greatest fear is what will happen to their child once they are gone, and providing for financial security is a major step towards ensuring quality of life for a loved one with special needs. This involves understanding the relationship between personal assets and eligibility for government benefits, which often play a critically important role. Monetary gifts from well-meaning friends and relatives may actually do harm to a person’s overall financial status if not carefully planned.

Ms. Arkontaky’s practice focuses exclusively on special needs planning, special education advocacy, and guardianship for families of children with disabilities. She has a child with special needs and was a service coordinator for Family Connection – an agency providing case management for families of children with disabilities – prior to attending law school. Her personal and professional experiences enable her to bring added insight to the work she does on behalf of others.

Harriet P. Schleifer, Esq., will speak regarding “Teens, Young Adults and Epilepsy: Transition Planning” from 2:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Transitioning into adulthood is challenging enough for most young people. Students with disabilities may require additional support to successfully transition from high school to the next phase of their lives. What must schools do to help students prepare for adulthood?

Ms. Schleifer has over 20 years of experience in special education advocacy and is the mother of a young man with disabilities. She is also an authority on disciplinary issues relating to both typically developing children and students with special needs.

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