Childhood SSI

Supreme Court Expands Educational Rights for Disabled Student

April 27, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, ruled on March 25, 2017, that schools must do more than just the bare minimum for students with disabilities. In the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote: “When all is said and done, a student offered an education program providing a ‘merely more than de minimis progress

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Those Living with Autism

April 27, 2016

April was Autism Awareness Month. With the increase in awareness of autism and autism spectrum disorders, many are surprised to know that doctors first put a name to the condition nearly 75 years ago. At this time, psychologist Leo Kanner first observed the condition in 11 children noting two central characteristics – the desire towards

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Rules on Spending for Children with Disabilities Create Turmoil

November 19, 2015

Insight from Nash Attorney Amy Altbach It’s a call we get all too often at Nash Disability Law. A parent – usually a mom – is confused and upset after meeting with a Social Security Administration (SSA) employee. The parent is calling because they‘ve left the meeting with the impression that they cannot spend –

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Top 5 Tips For Protecting Your Child’s Rights

September 1, 2015

Throughout Chicagoland families are transitioning from summer vacation mode to back to school. Typically, this means shopping for new clothes, backpacks, school supplies and getting used to getting up early again, but for families of kids with special needs it also means preparing to negotiate with the school yet again. Terms like IEP, 504, “appropriate

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