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Adaptive sports allow the necessary modifications for people with disabilities to participate in sports at a recreational or competitive level. On this episode, Eileen Andreassi, Director of Recreational Therapy and Adaptive Sports at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital discusses the benefits of adaptive sports and recreation in rehabilitation and the growing field of therapeutic recreation.

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Miracle League: Giving Everyone A Chance To Play Baseball

The Miracle League of Westchester brings baseball programs for people of all ages with disabilities. It provides an opportunity for those individuals to experience the joy and benefits that come from playing  baseball. Join Rick Monzon, Executive Director, and Bernie on this podcast to discuss the benefits of joining, playing and volunteering in the Miracle League.

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Preparing for College and Beyond for Young Adults with ASD

By Sandi Rosenbaum, Special Needs/Special Education Advocate, Littman Krooks  LLP Preparing for jobs, college and beyond is challenging for young adults with autism and families.  College readiness is fundamentally different from high school competence.  Many of the demands of college are not generally imposed in high school, especially upon students with disabilities: Student, not parent or special education teacher, has primary responsibility for the student’s success, and as such must …

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Improvisation teaches many valuable skills, like problem-solving, quick-thinking, teamwork, listening, as well as building self-confidence and communication skills like voice projection and eye contact. Stand Up for Downs Co-Founder Rob Snow and Bernie discuss how these skills can be taught to those with Down Syndrome and how their workplace and social opportunities can expand greatly on this episode of the Littman Krooks Podcast.

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Bernie speaks with Adam Davis, LMFT and Adam Johns, MA Ed, founders and executive directors of Game To Grow, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded on the belief that games have the power to improve people’s lives. Adam and Adam combined their training and expertise in family therapy, education, and drama therapy with years of experience as gamers and facilitators to harness the power of tabletop role-playing games to improve players’ …

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Littman Krooks Special Education Advocacy

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP The transition to college and young adulthood, while exciting, can be difficult for parents. Parents must not overlook obtaining advance consent from their children so they can have access to important health and educational information—or risk begin left out in an emergency. Once a person turns 18, the law presumes that they have the capacity to make their own medical, personal, and …

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Allowable Expenses for a Special Needs Trust

A Special Needs Trust (SNT), also sometimes referred to as Supplemental Needs Trust, is used to provide supplemental benefits to seniors or individuals with a disability without disqualifying them for government benefits such as Medicaid and SSI. The SNT is meant to cover the expenses of goods and services that are supplemental to the beneficiary’s basic needs. Basic needs such as food, shelter and clothing cannot be covered by the trust.

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Revocable and Irrevocable Living Special Needs Trusts

Once you have decided to establish a Living Special Needs Trust, you must also decide whether or not this trust will be revocable or irrevocable. There are benefits and drawbacks of each type of trust, and you must carefully consider your family’s circumstances before making a decision.

With a Revocable Trust, you retain the right to add or subtract assets to the trust at any time. This gives you a great degree of flexibility, as you can manage the trust according to your family’s changing life circumstances…

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