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By: Sipi Gupta | July 09, 2019

Prior to ABLE, one of the only tools available to put money away for savings was a special needs trust. While SNTs remain great options for settlement proceeds, inheritances, and large gifts, etc., ABLE accounts can be used for smaller, more modest sums.  ABLE dramatically increases your ability to save money while retaining your health care and other benefits. The accounts are easy to set up, and easy to administer.  Click here for a very special webinar covering ABLE, SSI/SSD, and special education for your kid.

By: Sipi Gupta | April 30, 2017

Parents of students with disabilities may be rethinking their child’s educational plan after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the case of a child with autism and attention deficit disorder whose parents took him out of public school.  

At issue in the case was the level of educational benefit that public schools must provide to students under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The Act guarantees children with disabilities a “free appropriate public education,” but the level of progress a student must make in order for the education to be called “appropriate” has been unclear, leading to school districts across the country interpreting the meaning differently.

The case revolved around Colorado par...

By: Sipi Gupta | April 25, 2017

The Trump administration is planning to allocate billions of public education dollars to expand private school voucher programs, but vouchers may not be the best option for families with special needs children.

Vouchers allow parents to use public funds to pay for tuition at a private school of their choice, including religiously affiliated schools.  This may seem like a good solution for students with disabilities, especially those having trouble thriving in the public school setting, but parents who accept and use vouchers may be unwittingly giving up their child’s rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Act guarantees children with disabilities a “free and appropriate public education” that meets thei...