October is National Special Needs Law Month.
As a single mom and sole support for Nick I am always concerned about protecting him while I am alive, and my concerns go even deeper when I think about what will happen to him when I am no longer here to protect him and be his advocate. Clearly I can't stay here forever, but I've learned that does not make me helpless when it comes to protecting him after I die. I hate thinking about his life when I'm not here, but I know ignoring the reality could have devastating consequences for him. So I think of it, knowing the legal planning I do now will protect him, and it's the biggest gift I can pass on.
That is why I want to raise awareness about legal planning and resources for individuals with special needs. No matter how much I learn I always have questions, and I know all families are concerned and want to understand about legal planning for individuals with disabilities to protect their civil and personal rights, dignity, and quality of life.
Here is a great list of resources you may find useful:
disabilityrightsca.org/what- we-do/programs/office-of- clients-rights-advocacy-ocra