Many people with disabilities rely on Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, federal benefit programs that the Social Security Administration (SSA) administers. SSDI and SSI are financial lifelines for many people unable to work because of their disabilities.
In 2014, Congress passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, known as the ABLE Act, allowing people with severe disabilities to put away money for the future without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefit programs that provide important safety nets for those challenged by disability. These programs include Supplemental Security Income or SSI, federal housing benefits and Medicaid, known as Health First Colorado in our state, a joint federal-state program that often covers residential, medical and other important services.
At Chayet & Danzo LLC, our lawyers help Coloradans with Down syndrome, also called DS, and their families and loved ones create estate and long-term care plans to provide safety nets throughout the lives of people with DS and related conditions. While it is well-known that DS is associated with a higher risk of early onset Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, a new study sheds more light on the link between these conditions.
Halloween is a holiday for kids and adults alike, a way to socialize and visit neighbors while the kids have a ton of fun and the grownups enjoy the children's costumes and cuteness. But for a child with a developmental or intellectual disability, trick or treating may not be as enjoyable.
In part 1 of this post, we talked about the importance for the guardian of a vulnerable adult of developing a relationship with an attorney for information, guidance and legal services. Today, we share other thoughts that might help a Colorado guardian enhance the life of their ward.
Life can take an unexpected turn and you could end up in a place you did not anticipate. A child or sibling with a developmental disability, mental health problem, rare disease or physical impairment grows up and is unable to care for themselves as an adult. Your adult relative is in an accident that leaves them with severe injuries, taking away their ability to meet their own needs. Your elderly parent who has aged so robustly develops dementia or becomes physically frail.
An adult may need legal protections in a variety of situations. An individual who has reached 18 years of age may have a lifelong disability and since their parents no longer have responsibility or power to care for a disabled person who has become an independent adult by law, protections must be put in place. An older person may be showing signs of dementia. An adult of any age may become vulnerable because of an accidental injury or a serious illness.
At our law firm, we often represent clients who are elderly or disabled, or who care for loved ones with disabilities or who are seniors. There is an ongoing national debate about whether income and asset limits for some of the primary public benefit programs that support this group of vulnerable people -- mainly Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid -- should be raised.
At our law firm, we advocate fiercely for quality of life for elderly people and those with disabilities. A major challenge vulnerable people and their loved ones face is securing safe and appropriate residential services that give them as much freedom and access to their communities as possible, while still providing needed treatment and protections.
Readers may remember Google Glass, the wearable technology product that uses an eyeglasses model to display information before the wearer’s eyes and that operates using voice commands. While Google stopped selling the product because of privacy concerns involving the device’s camera, it is still the focus of research into adaptations that could benefit people with autism and other disabilities, according to a recent San Francisco Chronicle article.