Special Needs Insights – Retirement Planning

Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A. is excited to continue our Special Needs Insights series. Our short videos are designed to help you expand your awareness, reduce your stress and redefine what is possible as you advocate for your loved one.

This Week’s Insight: Planning for Retirement

Attorney Ethan Welch provides tips on planning for retirement when you have an adult child with a disability.

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Special Needs Insights Volume 2

Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A. is excited to continue our Special Needs Insights series. Our short videos are designed to help you expand your awareness, reduce your stress and redefine what is possible as you advocate for your loved one.
This week, Attorney Ethan Welch dives into trust options for families with adult children with special needs as they plan ahead.

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Elder Law Talks Episode 3

Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A. is excited to continue our Elder Law Talks series. Our short videos are designed to help you expand your awareness, reduce your stress and redefine what is possible as you advocate for your loved one.

This week’s episode: Parents of an Adult Child with Disabilities – What Happens When You Need Care Yourself?

 

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New Special Education Term: Recovery Services, What Is It? Is Your Child Eligible?

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has latched on to a new term: “recovery services.”   This term is being used to describe services they’re giving students to help bridge educational gaps in learning caused by COVID-related school closures.  How is this different from compensatory services?  I was quite confused by ODE’s explanation, but I think this is what they’re trying to say…

Normally, if a student doesn’t receive the services listed in their IEP, they are entitled to compensatory education to “compensate” the student for services they should have received.  As a result of the pandemic, many schools could not provide services as stated in the IEP. Instead of requiring Ohio schools to provide compensatory education to all of its special education students, ODE is asking us to take a step back and assess why the school did not provide the services.  The ODE seems to be trying to call attention to two very different reasons for failing to implement an IEP: a school’s faulty implementation of an IEP or a school’s inability to deliver services due to the pandemic. If the school failed to implement the IEP as written because of the mandated building closures, the student may be entitled to recovery services if the team determines that the student suffered an educational gap. The ODE also states, “If a student with a disability was refused services by a school, or otherwise did not receive services or instruction while other students were receiving services during the building closures,

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