Disability Rights Law | self-paced course

Overview of Disability Rights Law
Welcome to a free, self-paced course on federal disability rights laws. The course will take approximately 90-120 minutes to complete. All you need is a computer and an internet connection.

Intended Audience

  • People with disabilities
  • Advocates for people with disabilities
  • Rehabilitation counselors
  • Social service providers
  • Anyone with an interest in disability rights laws\

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The Ruling That Could Change Everything For Disabled People With Million-Dollar Trusts

A pissed-off judge, a $3 million inheritance, and a neglected autistic man

The Village Voice
By Katia Savchuk | July 10, 2013

When Judge Kristen Booth Glen walked into her Manhattan Surrogate’s courtroom one day in 2007, she had no idea she was about to challenge the nation’s top banks on behalf of tens of thousands of disabled people.

Judge Kristen Booth Glen picked a fight with the banks.
Judge Kristen Booth Glen picked a fight with the banks.

Before her stood lawyer Harvey J. Platt, who was petitioning to become the legal guardian of Mark Christopher Holman, a severely autistic teen who lived in an institution upstate.

Holman had been left an orphan nearly three years earlier after the eccentric millionaire who adopted him passed away. According to doctors, he had the communication skills of a toddler, unable to bathe, dress, or eat by himself.

But before Judge Glen would grant this seemingly perfunctory petition, she had a few questions for Platt.

“How often have you visited Mark Holman?” she asked the lawyer.

“Since his mother died, I have not visited him,” said Platt.

“And when you say you haven’t visited him since then, how often had you visited him prior to that?”

“I haven’t seen him since he was eight or nine,” responded the lawyer. “His mother used to bring him to our office with his brother, just to show him my face and so forth and so on, so I haven’t seen him probably since 1995 or 1996.”

Washington implements guardianship reforms

By Andy Jones | Published: August 15, 2011

All nonprofessional guardians for people with disabilities in Washington State will be required to undergo on-line training and have their licenses periodically renewed, under a new bill that went into effect July 22.

Prior to filing a petition, prospective guardians will be required to complete a free on-line training regarding their duties as guardians. The training will also inform the potential guardians of alternatives to guardianship, such as serving as a payee to manage an individual with disabilities’ finances, or a power of attorney.

Training was previously required only for professional guardians, defined as those who are guardians for three or more residents or are paid to serve in their roles as guardians.

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see Report of the Guardianship Task Force – August 2009

Washington State Life Opportunities Trust

Developmental Disabilities Life Opportunities Trust (also known as the DD Endowment Trust Fund or DDLOT) allows individuals with developmental disabilities or their families to set aside funds for future use without affecting their eligibility for government services and benefits. Funds can be withdrawn from the trust and used for many services not covered by other benefits, including recreation, therapy, clothing and transportation.

Website: http://ddlot.org/