Support for All Disabilities
What is a “disability”? In the broadest terms, we all possess strengths and weaknesses, abilities and “disabilities.” A recent government study estimates that up to 14 percent of the nation’s children can be classified as students with special needs. A child with special needs may have Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, or autism. The child may have dyslexia or ADHD (Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), may be blind, have hearing or behavioral disorders.
At Littman Krooks, we are committed to serving individuals with disabilities of all kinds. We believe – strongly – that people should be accepted for their capabilities, not defined by their disabilities. And for over 20 years, we have devoted ourselves to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to lead lives that are as self-directed, fulfilling, and financially secure as possible.
When a child is diagnosed with a disability, parents are typically overwhelmed by the unexpected responsibility. They often experience emotional upheaval as they educate themselves concerning causes, symptoms and treatments. Identifying programs for which their child is eligible can be confusing and exhausting.
Each child, furthermore, is unique, which means that parents, as their child’s most effective advocates, must be vigilant in obtaining services tailored to individual needs. A child with Cerebral Palsy, for instance, may have above average intelligence but experience difficulty processing information. A child with Down syndrome usually experiences developmental delays, along with mild to moderate mental retardation. A child with nonverbal learning disabilities may experience visual-spatial difficulties. Our attorneys spend many volunteer hours working with a wide variety of disability organizations and can assist you in identifying the right programs to assist you and your child.
Regardless of a child’s disability, the active participation of parents is key to shaping an optimal educational experience, which will build a foundation for the rest of the child’s life. Our New York special education advocacy attorneys are experienced in obtaining “free and appropriate” schooling for students with special needs. We pride ourselves on preparing family members to advocate for the rights of loved ones, and we have a track record of successfully working with school districts.
Our New York special needs planning attorneys are also highly knowledgeable concerning the complex interaction of personal finances and government entitlements such as Medicaid and SSI (Social Security Income). We can help you craft an estate plan that will ensure financial security and quality of life for your child with special needs.
We understand the issues that concern you because, in addition to our many years serving individuals with special needs, we have attorneys and staff members who have personally tackled many of the same challenges you face. Schedule a consultation today with one of our New York special needs planning or special education advocacy attorneys. Find out how we can help you to build a rewarding life for your loved one with special needs.