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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Educational Advocate, Littman Krooks LLP The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) enacted emergency regulations in June 2018, regarding its procedures and criteria for determining eligibility for OPWDD services, further proposing these regulations become permanent; the public comment period ends on August 27, 2018. OPWDD circulated the proposed permanent changes internally, to provider agencies, and to a limited number of committees, in a memo dated June …

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By Sandi Rosenbaum, Educational Advocate, Littman Krooks LLP Relocation to another state is a complex prospect for individuals with disabilities and their families. Jason DaSilva’s NY Times Op-Doc  of July 24, “How Healthcare Makes Disability a Trap,” illustrates an important aspect of life for people with disabilities. Mr. DaSilva, who has multiple sclerosis and relies on round-the-clock Personal Care Attendants, funded by New York State Medicaid, explored the possibility of …

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Littman Krooks Special Education Advocacy

By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP If you are a parent sending your child off to college this year, make sure you are prepared.  In the flurry of packing,  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 …

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Littman Krooks Founding Partner, Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., and this week’s guest, multi award winning Producer/Director, Tom D’Angora discuss a new musical about disability, friendship and kindness,  Addy & Uno: As Uno, a child with autism, faces the challenge of competing in his school’s math competition, his friends with varying disabilities – ADHD, visual, hearing and physical impairment – rally in support.  

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Changes to Social Security Rules

­Emergency first responders often possess little more than the information contained in a 911 call and a street address. While this might suffice for most situations, when the emergency involves a resident with special needs, customary rescue operations can be traumatic for the resident and challenging for emergency personnel. To solve this problem, city officials in Yonkers, New York, recently created the First Responders Disability Registry, a voluntary database of …

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By Arshi Pal, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP In April 2018, H.R. 4547 was enacted to strengthen the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) oversight into the Representative Payee Program and protect Social Security beneficiaries. What is a Representative Payee? Representative payees can be either individuals or organizations who receive Social Security (SS) benefits for individuals who cannot manage or direct the management of their own benefits. Serving as a representative payee is …

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By Amy C. O’Hara, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP President Trump signed tax reform legislation, Public Law 115-97, generally referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, into law on December 22, 2017. The Act is the most sweeping tax legislation to be enacted in decades.  It is broad in scope, complicated, and will impact almost every aspect of tax, legal, estate, retirement, business and other planning. While there has …

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