Waiver 101

If you’re in the disability-world, you’ve probably heard rumblings about waivers or the new waiver waiting list.  But what exactly is a waiver and how could a waiver help your family?  Here’s a quick overview. Waivers are administered through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and county Boards of Developmental Disabilities. In order to […]

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Tips for Long-distance Caregiving

Caring for a family member from a distance is a daunting and complicated task.  Practically, how does one ensure that a loved one receives adequate supervision?  How does one ensure that Mom or Dad is eating, bathing, or maintaining the home?  Emotionally, how can one remain connected in a caring, loving relationship when separated by […]

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Don’t Neglect the Third Stage of Estate Planning

Recently, I was out of the office for an early morning meeting with a client. While waiting in the lobby, I ran into a different client who happened to work in the building. I’d done some significant estate planning for her and her husband, and she told me that she’d been meaning to call me […]

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No Double Dipping

Our Special Education Advocate, Mary Jo O’Neill, recently spoke to a great group of parents from Lev Miriam Bikur Cholim of Cleveland to answer some of their questions about the special education process.  There were a lot of questions about how the EdChoice scholarship works with special education, so I thought it was a topic […]

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Making the Most of Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are approaching. What if you just had an IEP team meeting, and you’ve said all you had to say?  You should STILL go to the conferences!  Don’t miss this opportunity to be face-to-face with your child’s teachers.  It’s a much different environment than an IEP team meeting.  At parent-teacher conferences, it’s just that […]

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Now Serving: Special Education Alphabet Soup

There’s a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to change into beautiful bold fall colors.  It’s a great time to put on those sweaters, relax by the fire, and maybe sit down to a nice warm bowl of soup.  Today Hickman & Lowder is happy to serve you some Alphabet Soup!

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The Right Fit: 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Transitioning into a new school year can be exhausting; watching your child run out of his/her flip flops and walking into their school shoes. As parents, you understand the importance of having perfectly fitted shoes when strolling into the school year. It is equally important to have an academic plan tailored to your child’s needs. […]

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