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New York Ranks In The Top 10 Places To Live For People With Autism

July 18th, 2011

New York City’s educational resources and access to medical care have earned it a position in the top 10 places to live in the United States for people with autism, according to the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization.

The organization, Autism Speaks, conducted an online survey of 800 parents of children with autism to study the quality of services provided in metropolitan areas throughout the country. New Yorkers said that they were satisfied with their child’s educational services, access to clinical and medical care, adaptable employer policies, nearness to outside services, and the recreational opportunities available to their child.

However, 75 percentage of respondents from areas such as Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, Michigan and California reported that they were satisfied with the resourced and opportunities available to their children.

The survey was designed to encourage conversation in the autism community, the organization said, and that while New York was ranked highly for those with autism, it is a struggle for parents to get services that benefit their children in other areas of the country. Autism Speaks said that it hopes the survey will “inform policy makers and leaders in local communities about the tremendous need for increased services and inspire action.”

In New York City, the law firm of Littman Krooks LLP firmly believes that children with autism deserve access to the health care they need and opportunities to help them succeed. Our New York special needs attorneys have decades of experience in courtrooms and settlements to uphold your child’s rights. To learn more, visit https://www.specialneedsnewyork.com/ or call 914-684-2100.

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College Considerations for the Special Needs Child

July 11th, 2011

College is just ahead for many teens. It is an exciting time for them to branch out on their own and gain knowledge for their career path ahead. With a special needs child, there are unique concerns that must be addressed for the child to be set up for success.

Many colleges offer special accommodations for a special needs student, but they will only qualify if documentation is sent beforehand. Use these remaining weeks of summer to solidify any specific housing, transportation and educational needs they should have met.

Some colleges offer tutors or student advocates to help with daily campus life such as food preparation, hygiene and even note taking. Some of these programs can be free or at a reduced cost when parents show documentation of their child’s special needs. Special needs attorneys stress that it is vital to create documents to still be a part of the child’s decision making, especially when they have reached the adult age of 18. Many special needs children still need oversight and guidance on their health and financial decisions, and only documents set up before they land on campus will allow parents a right to be a part of this decision making.

Documents can be drafted so that professors and school administrators can share grades and any issues that come up with a parent. A qualified special needs planning attorney can help a client create a health care proxy to stay aware of any health issues that could come up. Also, power of attorney documents are helpful to address any legal or financial issues. Special needs planning lawyers will maximize the child’s government benefits and determine what type of trust is best to take care of college funds and needs, with the goal of not compromising the federal monies.

In New York, the law firm of LittmanKrooks LLP helps individuals and families have peace of mind that their child’s finances and health needs are met before their child starts the exciting college experience. Their New York special needs planning attorneys successfully help clients get access to benefits, set up the best trust for their situation, and uphold their rights to a college education. To learn more, visit https://www.specialneedsnewyork.com or call 914-684-2100.


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elder law
, New York estate
, or New York
Special Needs
visit http://www.littmankrooks.com

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