New ADA Technical Assistance Publication About Polling Place Access for Voters with Disabilities

March 2015
The Justice Department has  recently published a new technical assistance publication about polling place access for voters with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The publication, “Solutions for Five Common ADA Access Problems at Polling Places,” is intended to provi…

Department of Justice Unveils New On-line Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Complaint Form

March 2015
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has just announced that individuals wishing to file Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) complaints with the DOJ will be able to fill out the form and submit it completely electronically. Filers will also immediately receive a “reference number” that can…

CAN A THIRD PARTY SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST PAY FOR A VACATION?

March 2015
In general a Special Needs Trust can pay for a vacation.    However, the rules vary by which type of Special Needs Trust that you have.  If you have a Third Party Special Needs Trust, which is a trust that is funded by money that does not belong to the disabled person, you should have no [……

What does the ADA term “readily achievable” mean?

February 2015
“Readily achievable” under the ADA means “easily accomplished without much difficulty or expense.” The obligation for barrier removal is ongoing, which means a business must continue to evaluate existing barriers to determine if the barrier removal is readily achievable. In order to…

New Poverty Income Guidelines Announced for 2015

February 2015
The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the new poverty income guidelines for 2015.  The new guidelines mean that the lower limit of the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance (MMMNA) will rise to $1,991.25 in the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia, effective…

Social Security to Expand Local Office Hours Nationwide

January 2015
Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 Allows Agency to Restore Some Service at local offices The Social Security Administration (SSA) today announced that as a result of Congress’ approval of the fiscal year 2015 budget, the agency will expand its hours nationwide and offices will be open to the public for…

2 Upcoming Free Webinars on ADA Web Accessibility & Exams/Testing

January 2015
January 14, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST Presenter: Joe Zesski Web Accessibility Regulations:  Title II State and local governments have long had a requirement to ensure effective communication. People are familiar with providing sign language interpreters or alternate materials, but often don’t re…

Suspect Social Security Fraud?

January 2015
Do you suspect someone of committing fraud, waste, or abuse against Social Security? SSA’s OIG Fraud Hotline takes reports of alleged fraud, waste, or abuse. You can report suspected Social Security fraud by visiting http://oig.ssa.gov/r or by calling the Inspector General’s Fraud Hotline at…

CSB programs at Woodburn, Jermantown, Democracy, and Park Place are moving to new “Merrifield Center”

January 2015
The CSB’s new “Merrifield Center,” located at 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22031 – just off Arlington Boulevard at the corner of Willow Oaks and Williams Drive (near Gallows Road). – is scheduled to open for business in January 2015. The new building will in…

Why Should I Hire a Local Attorney for my Social Security Disability Case?

December 2014
There may be a temptation to hire one of the big National Disability Groups based on advertising, even though they are usually in a distant state.   This is especially true after the recent “Binder & Binder” bankruptcy.   I am strongly of the opinion that hiring a local at…





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