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Randi Silverman Discusses Mental Illness Awareness

Our guest this week, Randi Silverman, co-producer of the film “No Letting  Go” joins host Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., to discuss the importance of mental illness awareness and the upcoming release of the film “No Letting Go.”

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is a new piece of legislation that was recently passed in Congress. The law is intended to improve federal job-training programs and reauthorizes existing programs that supply federal funding for state and city job retraining programs. It also aims to eliminate overlapping programs to increase efficiency.

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Camp Huntington Offers Weekend Camp Program

Our guest this week, Mike Bednarz, Executive Director, Camp Huntington, joins host Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., to discuss Camp Huntington, its new weekend camp program and how the camp’s program is designed to maximize children and young adults with special learning and developmental needs potential, develop strengths and hidden abilities.

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Changes In SSI Benefit Payments in New York

New York State residents who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) also receive a state supplement.  For 2014, the maximum federal SSI amount is $721 and the NYS supplement is $87 bringing the maximum SSI benefit to $808 per month.  At this time, New York State residents receive these benefits in one payment from the Social Security Administration (SSA), usually direct deposited into the recipient’s bank account.  Starting October 1, 2014, New York SSI recipients will receive their federal SSI benefit and the state supplement benefit separately.

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Families in need of a private-duty caregiver have a laundry list of items to account for during the hiring process. Most importantly is selecting the right candidate, but once that item is crossed off the list, it’s crucial to account for the expenses of hiring this new household employee. When you make a caregiver a compensation offer, it is critical that both of you are on the same page as to what the Gross Wages and Net Pay will be.

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Tax Law 101 for Families with Private-Duty Care Needs

By Tom Breedlove, Director, HomePay, Provided by Breedlove

When a family hires an individual to perform duties in or around their home, they are considered a household employer. The IRS views the worker — whether a nanny, senior caregiver, health aide, etc. — as an employee of the family for whom she works. For most families, having household payroll and tax responsibilities is akin to learning a new language and most have no clue where to go for guidance.

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Major League Baseball Supports Autism Awareness

Major League Baseball is hosting a number of events in the coming months to support autism awareness.

The New York Yankees are offering half-price tickets to members of the Autism Speaks community for their Saturday, August 9 home game against the Cleveland Indians. The offer is valid for select general, non-premium seating areas. Fans may purchase these tickets at a half-price savings from the regular advance ticket price.

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April 2, 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day

Landmarks around the world, including New York’s Empire State Building, will shine blue lights on Wednesday to show their support for autism awareness. Organizations large and small will host events to raise awareness of the growing public health issue of autism spectrum disorders. World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) follows a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show, According to the report, one in 68 American children have an autism diagnosis, a 30 percent increase from a CDC study conducted last year, and more than double the number of children estimated to have autism in a 2000 study.

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Ensuring the future of your child with special needs

This podcast discusses Legal and Financial Planning with guests Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Managing Partner of Littman Krooks LLP and Ryan Platt, Chartered Special Needs Consultant, Founder, A Special Needs Plan and is moderated by Keith Caldwell, founder, Learn about Wills, Trusts, Special Needs Trust, Guardianship, Defining your child’s lifetime needs, Government Benefits, Proactive Tax Strategies, Communication Techniques, and the importance of integrating all the necessary pieces into a …

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