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Special Needs Newsletter

October 2021

Courtesy of
Michael Beloff, CFP®, ChSNC®

The Perils and Pitfalls of Do-It-Yourself Special Needs Planning

The risks of designing your own special needs plan, without the guidance of a professional, far outweigh the potential rewards of cutting costs. Here’s what’s at stake.


Senate Holds Historic Hearing on 'Woefully Outdated' SSI Program That Traps Millions in Poverty

Taking its first look at the program in decades, a Senate subcommittee heard sometimes searing testimony that Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) is in desperate need of updating.


Court Overturns FDA Ban on School’s Use of Electric Shock Devices on Students with Disabilities

The Food and Drug Administration overstepped its authority in banning electric shock devices to curb self-harm and aggressive behavior among students with disabilities, a federal court has ruled.


New CDC Materials Teach COVID-19 Safety Protocols to People with IDD

A new series of guides and informational toolkits help people with IDD and their caregivers adopt practices to protect them and their communities from the spread of COVID-19.