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Establishing Guardianship for an Individual with Disabilities
Parents of a child with a disability often assume that they may continue to make decisions for their child even after he or she turns 18. However, once an individual turns 18 in New York, no other person has the authority to make personal, medical and/or financial decisions for that person. In order to obtain the legal authority to make decisions for an adult under a developmental disability, a guardianship proceeding is required. Andrew Cohen, an attorney and father of a daughter with special needs, will explain the various proceedings, when to apply, what to expect, and why an attorney is not always needed when establishing guardianship for your child. Andrew M. Cohen, ESQ. (J.D., LL.M.) is the principal of the Law Offices of Andrew M. Cohen, focuses on Trusts & Estates and Elderlaw, with an emphasis on planning for families with a disabled child. He is a charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, a national organization of attorneys who are dedicated to providing high quality legal services to the disabled community. (more)REGISTER
special needs > programs for parents/professionals
Wed, Oct 22
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Therapeutic Boarding School and Other Residential Treatment Options
There are many aspects to consider when making decisions about therapeutic boarding schools and other residential treatment settings. Consultant Stephanie Crossman will inform and educate parents and caregivers about the various options; including wilderness therapy, residential treatment centers, and transitional living/college support programs. Stephanie Crossman has counseled parents for years concerning private school, public school, and therapeutic program choices. Her parent-advisory efforts focus almost entirely on assisting families to find solutions to the most difficult situations–circumstances with adolescents and young adults in crisis, dependency, or oppositional behaviors. Stephanie is committed to helping struggling adolescents and young adults to find their personal path out of trouble and back to success. (more)REGISTER
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Thu, Nov 13
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Summer Planning for Kids and Teens with Special Needs
Join nationally recognized summer and youth expert Jill Tipograph, independent counselor andFounder/Director of Everything Summer®, as she discusses the best way to plan a safe and successful summer for children and teens with special needs. Jill’s strategy involves setting goals, identifying your family's philosophy/purpose, communicating directly and candidly with camp directors and professionals, and knowing the right questions to ask about camper eligibility, fit, and ability level. Jill will also touch on important strategies for behavior, medical or mobility needs, as well as tips for preparing your camper/teen for the transition into their summer camp/program (when to communicate, how to deal with homesickness or anxiety, developing coping strategies, etc.). Jill Tipograph is a Manhattan-based, nationally recognized youth and summer expert and the Founder/Director of Everything Summer®, the only independent resource dedicated to summer planning guidance. A parent consultant and researcher for nearly 20 years, Jill has advised thousands of kids, teens and families on how to choose the best and most appropriate summer programs. Working with both mainstream and special needs students, she has advised clients who attend(ed) top independent schools, and those specializing in learning differences. Special focus schools include: The Eagle Hill School, The Churchill School, The Gateway School, Mary McDowell Friends School, Stephen Gaynor School, The Windward School, Winston Prep and York Prep amongst others. Jill is the “go-to” media resource, having been featured on WNBC TV’s Today Show, NBC TV News, ABC News, WPIX-TV, NY-1 as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Real Simple, Smart Money Magazine, Business Week, Forbes, Time Out NY Kids and other regional and syndicated media. She is also the author of Your Everything Summer Guide & Planner, a reference handbook on how to plan (more)REGISTER
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Thu, Dec 4
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