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Recognizing National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March 1, 2024 in News

Recognizing National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March marks National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about developmental disabilities and advocating for the rights, inclusion, and well-being of individuals living with these conditions. At the Elder Law Center of Kirson & Fuller, we believe in fostering understanding and support for all members of our community, including those with developmental disabilities.

Developmental disabilities encompass a diverse range of conditions that affect an individual’s physical, cognitive, or behavioral functioning. These conditions may manifest early in life and can vary greatly in severity and impact. Examples include autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, among others.

Living with a developmental disability presents unique challenges for individuals and their families, from accessing education and healthcare to securing employment and housing. Additionally, societal stigmas and misconceptions worsen the obstacles faced by those with developmental disabilities, negatively impacting their participation in and contributions to the community.

Individuals with developmental disabilities are entitled to legal protections to ensure equal opportunities and access to services, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation, and public accommodations; and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which mandates that children with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education tailored to their unique needs, emphasizing the provision of special education and related services.

Individuals with developmental disabilities may also be eligible for certain public benefits, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers. These federal programs provide financial assistance to individuals with disabilities, including developmental disabilities, who meet specific eligibility criteria, and allow individuals with developmental disabilities to receive long-term care and support services in their homes or communities, rather than in institutional settings.  Often Special Needs Planning is necessary and a Guardian Advocacy at age 18 or beyond.

Navigating the legal landscape surrounding developmental disabilities can be complex, requiring knowledgeable guidance and advocacy. The Elder law Center of Kirson and Fuller is dedicated to helping individuals and families understand their rights and access the support they need to thrive.

As we observe National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, let us assist if you or a loved one is seeking legal guidance or support related to developmental disabilities. Contact us at 407-422-3017 to learn more about our services and how we can help you navigate the complex legal landscape with compassion, expertise, and dedication.



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