Technological innovation continues to make the world more accessible to folks with cognitive disabilities as well as elders with age-related memory loss or dementia. We recently shared information about efforts by Apple to make technology easier to access and step up specialized technical support for people with cognitive impairment and the family and professionals who support them.
At our law firm, we advise and support clients who care for, support or protect people who suffer from the challenges Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. These clients may be family members, guardians, conservators, trustees, representative payees and others. In their roles, they seek a variety of ways to help their loved ones or protected persons to improve the quality of their lives and lessen distressing symptoms.
Many of our clients are family members or guardians of people of any age with a variety of disabilities. Especially in this challenging time, the use of technology and virtual learning can provide education, communication and entertainment opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Family members and guardians sometimes face challenges in setting up, learning and facilitating technology to benefit their loved ones and supported persons with disabilities.
At our law firm, we provide support to clients with mental health challenges as well as to family members and professionals in their efforts to create safety nets for people with mental impairments. Mental Health America (MHA) first observed May as Mental Health Month in 1949, to educate the public about mental illness.
Most pregnancies and births go well without serious complications and with especially delightful outcomes. But from an estate planning perspective, some potential problems that can arise merit that a pregnant woman have a discussion with an estate planning attorney to understand steps that can be taken to put her affairs in order in case of an unexpected development such as:
In late March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new 2016 data showing that of every 54 kids, one has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), reports Disability Scoop. By comparison, two years earlier the number had been one in every 59 children.
Since 1987, when President Ronald Reagan designated the month Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, March has been a time to spotlight people across America with intellectual disabilities. President Reagan said that we should join together to give these fellow citizens “both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.”
At the time of this writing, COVID-19 is just taking off in the United States. Of particular concern to all of us is the safety of our elders and people with disabilities, who are likely more susceptible to developing more serious symptoms from the new virus.
That the Trump administration has gutted federal environmental protections – such as by declining to enforce the Clean Air Act – is well known and widely reported in the media. Between 2016 and 2018, fine particulate pollution went up 5.5% – the equivalent of causing 9,700 premature deaths in 2018 alone, according to Rolling Stone, citing a recent National Bureau of Economic Research study.
Many of our clients have legal responsibility for the financial circumstances of adults with intellectual disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other medical conditions causing developmental disabilities or mental incapacity. These clients may wear the hats of parents, conservators, or representative payees for recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).