Hickman & Lowder Weblog
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:35
More and more people are using electronic devices to access, store, and even create important information - personal “assets” like photographs and videos; social media “assets” like Facebook, Twitter, and email accounts; and access to financial tools like banking, investments, e-Bay and Amazon.com.
Most of the electronic paths that we create, or tools that we use, are protected by user names, passwords, and personal identifiers (e.g., your father’s middle name). So what happens if I become disabled, or when I die? Who has the ability and authority to protect me from identity theft? Who can safeguard the “privacy” of personal information? The questions go on; unfortunately the answers don’t.
Friday, 26 April 2013 11:31
When I was a young girl and people asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I would respond, “The President of the United States.” I (mistakenly) thought I had what it takes to change the world…or maybe not.
A title so grand, a job so big, meant to me that I could feel ‘important’ and ‘in charge.’ I thought that, only by being in a position to change ‘everything,’ would I have the ability to make a difference.
As a much older person, my ‘world view’ has shrunk to my family, my friends, my work and my ‘play.’ At least, I think of those people every day and pray I do my best for them.
Those people include people and families who have ‘special needs,’ with my focus being to share information about how to do planning for the future. Since 1998, much of this has centered around the Planting The Seeds for a Successful Future Workshops sponsored by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Recently, as part of preparing this year’s Workshops, I have been giving thought to some ‘big picture’ changes likely to impact the families we serve.
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 15:05
Recently, many Ohio parents have asked whether their children on IEPs, or eligible for IEPs, have a right to receive a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) during a teacher strike. The answer to this is “yes.” A work stoppage or a picket line does not excuse the school district’s responsibility to follow your child’s IEP or to provide your child with FAPE. Similarly, a strike does not excuse the Ohio Department of Education from fulfilling its ultimate responsibility to ensure that Ohio children with disabilities receive FAPE.
All remedies that are available under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) to parents in normal times are available to parents during a strike. This includes filing a due process action to enforce your child’s right to FAPE, and/or making a unilateral placement of your child and seeking tuition reimbursement from the District as a result of the District’s failure to provide FAPE.
Thursday, 07 February 2013 09:50
On January 24, 2013, the federal district court in Vermont approved a nationwide settlement that affects many Medicare-covered individuals.
It had become routine for Medicare to stop paying for therapy (physical, occupational, and speech) if the individual was no longer showing improvement. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the Medicare program, has agreed that the “improvement” standard was improper.
- Access to Sports for Children with Disabilities
- Recognizing Excellence
- Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits
- My Visit to the Cleveland Sight Center
- If You Shake Pandora’s Box Hard Enough, Hope Might Fly Out, Too, Eventually
- Transferring the Transition Waiver
- Be the Fuel … Or Be the Generator (It Doesn’t Really Matter Which)
- November is National Family Caregivers Month
- My Experience at the Ohio SIBS Conference
- Social Security Field Offices Changing Hours of Operation
- Special Needs Trusts: To Spend or Not to Spend?
- Are You a Person with a Disability?
- How to Keep from Navel-Gazing: The Value of Donating Your Time
- Issues for Unmarried Partners
- How to Create Meaning in Your Life
- "Social Security's Disability Program is Hurting"
- Changes Ahead for "Dual Eligibles"
- Medicaid for Long-Term Nursing Home Care
- Choosing an Assisted Living Facility that is Right for Your Loved One
- A Mother's Day Tribute
- National Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
- 'Cookie-Cutter' Estate Plans
- What's Going on at Red Treehouse
- Power of Attorney
- Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
- Sensory-Friendly Films
- Social Security Disability News
- But...Hey! I Wash My Face First!
- The Family Home: Is it in Jeopardy if I Turn to Medicaid for Help?
- Exercise Caution with Joint Accounts
- "Hope I Die Before I Get Old"
- Mediation Services
- Military Separation Papers
- Identifying a Care Provider for Your Loved One
- Too Much Stuff, Too Little Space
- OSEP Expands Enforcement of Special Education Rights
- Medicaid and Assisted Living
- Labor Omnia Vincit. (Virgil – Latin for “Hard Work Conquers All”)
- Ohio Trust Law News
- What is a Certified Elder Law Attorney and Why Does it Matter?
- Is Preparing Your Will Worse Than a Root Canal?
- CMS Approves Individual Option Waiver Amendment
- Gifts Ideas for Elders in Care Facilities
- U.S. Savings Bonds Options Upon Death
- The White House Monthly Disability Call
- The Beauty of Winter
- Making the Most of Your Doctor's Visit
- Federal Education Law Protects Gifted Students with Disabilities
- Health Care Reform and Families with Special Needs
- Monitoring Technology & Elder Care
- The Usual Bus Stop
- Veterans Benefits Factoid #2
- Choosing the Right Care for an Elder
- "Bereavement Exclusion" Exclusion
- Successfully Appealing Medicaid Waiver Service Reductions
- Ohio High Risk Pool
- ADA 20th Anniversary
- Home Health Care Workers
- Direct Deposit for Social Security Checks
- Respectful Disability Language
- Preparing for an Emergency
- Veterans Benefits Factoid #1
- The Doughnut Hole
- Computer Classes for Older Adults
- Summer Reading
- Thank You, Paralegals!
- Happy Mother's Day
- Children's Tylenol Recall
- Foreclosure Assistance
- National Volunteer Week
- Thank You, Administrative Professionals!
- A Vacation Destination for Families with Special Needs
- New Online Medicare Application
- Health Care Reform Legislation
- Voided Puerto Rican Birth Certificates
- A Chance Meeting
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- Cleveland Hearing Office Backlog One of the Most Painful Nationwide
- Census 2010 - You Count
- Taxpayers with Disabilities
- Services for Older Adults
- Hickman & Lowder is Going Green
- Self-Advocacy by Children with Disabilities
- Upcoming COPAA Events
- "When You're Your Mother's Keeper"
- Discounted and Free Telephone Service
- Charity vs. Donor
- Utility Assistance
- The Benefits of Volunteering
- Expressive Therapy
- Adaptive Toys
- Making the Most of Your Charitable Contributions
- Generation X & Estate Planning
- Hickman & Lowder on the Move
- Web Accessibility