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.
At our law firm, many of our clients are parents and guardians of people with autism and other intellectual or developmental disabilities, including Alzheimer’s disease. We provide advice about their legal duties to keep their children, other family members, or protected persons safe.
Riding and working with horses on the ground can greatly benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as mental illnesses. So-called “equine-assisted therapy,” or EAT for short, has been found to benefit a range of mental and emotional conditions as well as some physical disabilities, reports Disability Scoop.
In June, the Sibling Leadership Network held its seventh national conference in St. Paul, Minnesota. The SLN is an organization that supports siblings of people with disabilities in advocating for their brothers and sisters with disabilities “across the lifespan” as well as providing information and support.
Last week, the National Council on Disability, or NCD, an independent federal agency, released its second major report on guardianship for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, sometimes shortened to ID/DD. If we could pull an overarching theme from the report’s 100-plus pages, it may be that we need to step back as a country and take a hard look at whether guardianship is automatically the right protective device for a given person with ID/DD.
Of course, from the time a child is born, his or her parents want to provide love, resources and support to help their son or daughter thrive in life. We recently talked in this space about the use of virtual reality to enrich, teach and calm people with autism and other intellectual disabilities.
According to the Virtual Reality Society, “virtual reality” is a “three-dimensional, [computer-generated] environment [that] can be explored and interacted with by a person.” VRS reports that virtual reality is usually created using a variety of technology like headsets, specialized gloves and treadmills.
At Chayet & Danzo, LLC, we regularly advise and counsel parents of children with special needs, including autism. When a child is diagnosed with a developmental disability like autism, the parents should consult a lawyer experienced in legal issues related to people with disabilities.
As we recently discussed, March 21 was World Down Syndrome Day. The date has significance because people with Down syndrome have three copies of chromosome 21, instead of the usual two. Here in Colorado, the day was marked by an annual celebration at the state Capitol that included the governor and lieutenant governor.
On December 4, the IRS issued a Newswire about new ABLE accounts that benefit adults with disabilities and changes from recent federal tax reform. In September, we posted a blog about ABLE accounts, explaining that they were created as a vehicle for saving money to benefit disabled adults that would not put them in jeopardy of having too many assets to qualify for the major public-benefits programs that operate as their lifelines — namely Medicaid (Health First Colorado) and Supplemental Security Income or SSI through the federal Social Security Administration or SSA.