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Is it time to update your estate plan?

Written on April 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm, by

AVOIDING ESTATE PLANNING? Many people avoid making an estate plan for various reasons.  Some do not want to think about dying.  Some think it is a chore to complete (all those questions to answer).  Others do not know what to do.  Others completed an estate plan at one point and do not want to look  Continue Reading »

Coping with Disabilities after a Car Accident

Written on March 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm, by

Spinal Injuries from Car Accidents Some people suffer permanent injuries as a result of a car accident or other incident.  Money from a personal injury claim is good, but it does not fix the change of life for these people.  Ryan “Gooch” Nelson is one of these people.  He suffered a spinal injury from a  Continue Reading »

Veterans Exposure to Burn Pits in Iraq and Afghanistan

Written on February 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm, by

Veteran with Cancer Denied Benefits – VA says not service connected Army combat veteran John Marshall claims the VA abandoned him when they denied his claim for benefits.1  He was diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized.  The VA claims he did not provide information.  They also claim his cancer is not service connected.  John Marshall’s situation  Continue Reading »

Special Needs Children in Charter Schools

Written on February 15, 2016 at 9:30 pm, by

Popularity of Charter Schools Charter schools are becoming more popular.1 One reason is their focus of different academic programs compared to a traditional school curriculum. Charter schools are still public schools, but the charter allows them to be exempt from certain state laws. This enables a charter school to tailor their education programs differently than  Continue Reading »

How to interact with children with disabilities

Written on February 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm, by

An Apple store employee in the Nashville, TN area gets big kudos for his compassion in dealing with a child with autism and downs syndrome. The 9 year old child was in the store with his mother to get an iPad. He accidentally ran into a door and fell to the ground. The employee sat  Continue Reading »

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

Written on January 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm, by

IDEA Requirements The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 20 U.S.C. § 1400(d)(1)(A) 2012), requires states receiving federal education funds to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to all children with disabilities.1 This is the standard used in determining whether a child with disabilities is receiving appropriate educational services.  North Carolina receives federal education  Continue Reading »

Can I as a parent make medical decisions for my child if they are 18 years old and still in high school? What about my college student?

Written on January 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm, by

Problem Parents may know that their high schoolers usually see their doctor without the parent going back with the child to the examining room.  This is an indication about the eroding parental say in their child’s health care. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and amendments provides individuals with privacy when  Continue Reading »

Social Security Benefits – Early Retirement and Disability Benefits

Written on January 6, 2016 at 6:55 pm, by

Retirement Age In 1983 Congress enacted legislation to increase the full retirement age from 65 to 67.  If you will be retiring in 2016, your full retirement age is 66.  If you were born after 1960, then your full retirement age is 67. (see https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/agereduction.html for complete retirement age info) However, Congress did not change  Continue Reading »

“A Night to Shine” for Special Needs Teenagers

Written on January 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm, by

Tim Tebow, former NFL player, formed TimTebowFoundation.org.  This organization helped organize an event called “Night to Shine” for special needs teenagers.  These teens will get dinner and dancing at a local church.  This same scenario is happening in 49 other churches in 26 states around the country.  Additionally, two other ministries have made this event possible  Continue Reading »

New Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury

Written on January 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm, by

The Carrick Brain Center offers some new treatment options for veterans and civilians suffering from traumatic brain injury.  One type of treatment is the Off Vertical Axis Rotational Device (OVARD).  This device helps with neurological rehabilitation by stimulating vestibular system to encourage neural activity in parts of the brain that have been affected by injury  Continue Reading »