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National Family Caregivers Month

by Jessica Fisher • November 12, 2020

November is National Family Caregivers Month, which recognizes the dedication of those who provide around-the-clock care to loved ones.  There are over 53 million Americans who are unpaid caregivers to family, friends, and neighbors. Twenty-seven percent, or nearly a third of adult caregivers, are helping someone with a mental illness. Over half of family caregivers […]


National Disability Employment Awareness Month: 75th Anniversary of Employing People of All Abilities

by Jessica Fisher • October 16, 2020

“Inclusion drives innovation” is the theme for this October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates the public about the value of a workforce inclusive of their contributions, skills and talents. This year marks the nation’s 75th observance of NDEAM as well […]


Your Vote Counts!

by Jessica Fisher • October 2, 2020

November 3 is Election Day and every vote counts! Voting is one of our most important civil rights, but it is not always accessible for persons with disabilities. According to projections from Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, in 2020, more than 38 million eligible voters have disabilities. That is more than 16 percent […]


Special Education Amid Covid-19

by Jessica Fisher • October 1, 2020

With the onset of Covid-19, educators have found themselves in uncharted territory.  In the spring, when schools closed their doors, they were forced to shift from in-school instruction to online instruction.  For the roughly 7 million American students with special needs, the coronavirus pandemic and its attendant school closures have presented unique challenges.  At school, […]


30 Years of the ADA

by Jessica Fisher • August 12, 2020

Anyone who has ever used a ramp at an airport to roll luggage, or at a mall to push a stroller, has benefited from the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). But as helpful and necessary as those ramps may seem for all, they wouldn’t exist had they not been installed specifically to accommodate those using […]


DOE Offers Guidance on Handling Disputes During Pandemic

by Jessica Fisher • July 3, 2020

Ask any teacher, parent, or student right now and they’ll likely tell you that at-home education during COVID-19 has been a significant challenge. Remote learning is simply not a substitute for learning in the classroom; there are too many things that just can’t be accomplished on a Zoom call. For children with disabilities and their […]


A Rising Global Effort to Address Mental Health Issues

by Jessica Fisher • January 21, 2019

In recent years, we’ve seen a major shift in the number of people reporting mental health disorders, and governments across the world are taking note. Until recently, mental health support services have been difficult to find and access, but that is now changing. As individuals, communities, and workplaces become more open to discussing mental health […]


Navigating the Real World with a Learning Disability

by Jessica Fisher • November 2, 2018

For many students with learning disabilities their graduation from high school marks a turning point in the level of support they receive as they enter into college or the workplace. Individuals will typically receive support only if they disclose their disability, but many lack the awareness, confidence, and self-advocacy skills to do so. The challenges […]


Balancing Benefits and Lifetime Value for Clients with Special Needs

by Jessica Fisher • November 2, 2018

Special Needs Trusts are the typically thought of as the best method for receiving money for individuals with disabilities. However, qualified professionals should take the time to analyze the advantages and disadvantages of Special Needs Trusts as they pertain to their client’s individual cases. A proper analysis should take into consideration the related costs pertaining […]


A New Way to Save for People with Disabilities

by Jessica Fisher • November 2, 2018

In 2014, congress authorized a new savings option for people with disabilities. These new savings options, called ABLE accounts, began rolling out in 2016 and are already making a positive impact for account holders. Prior to the authorization of ABLE accounts, individuals with disabilities could not save money without the risk of losing their benefits […]