Unique tax benefits are available to families who have children with special needs. And thanks to recent changes in the tax code, there are opportunities to save substantial amounts of…

The problem with the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is the rising number of poor and elderly people and people with disabilities that it doesn’t help. First of all, SSI’s benefit falls far below…

Pandemic-related financial assistance will no longer affect an individual’s eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or the benefit amount, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced.  The assistance includes a long…

The SECURE Act, passed at the end of 2019, changed a number of rules regarding inherited IRAs, making it more difficult for most beneficiaries to save on taxes by “stretching” distributions…

The United States has two federal government benefits programs to help people with disabilities: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). These have saved countless Americans unable to work for…

Hundreds of families from around the U.S. each paid a Virginia non-profit thousands of dollars for service dogs that were not trained at all, and, in some cases were not…

Families of children with special needs face a daunting challenge when their dependents age out of school. Right now, there is a paucity of state support in America for people whose…

Travel is supposed to let you get away from it all. But it doesn’t always feel that way for families traveling with children with special needs. Despite passage of the…

The Social Security Administration (SSA), which barred all in-person visits to its 1,200 offices last March in the face of the rising coronavirus pandemic, is now granting a narrow exception. The agency will…

In March 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) had a nasty surprise for Teresa Sims, a woman with disabilities who lives in a group home in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.  The…

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