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Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit - Steps to a better future

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NAELA is a national association of lawyers who work with older clients, disabled clients of all ages, and their families. Established in 1987, NAELA provides its members a resource for education, information, networking and assistance with the many specialized issues involved with legal services for seniors and people with special needs. NAELA provides the general public information, advocacy on legislation affecting the elderly and those with special needs, and assistance in finding qualified attorneys who specialize in the legal needs of the elderly and those with special needs.

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Pamela B. Greenfield

Pamela B. Greenfield

President MassNAELA 2021

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October 18, 2021: Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit, 2nd Edition

The Special Needs Steering Committee and Workgroup of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is excited to announce the completion and release of the Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit, 2nd Edition.

The Toolkit was written for the non-attorney, but is an excellent general resource for all attorneys, their clients, potential clients, and the special needs community in general. The Toolkit addresses general advocacy goals; education, medical and financial advocacy; medical insurance; state and federal services; and housing.  The Toolkit also has an extensive list of resources that is broken down into legal assistance, advocacy organizations and government agencies.

The Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit is available for download to the public:  Special Needs Advocacy Toolkit

There is a growing need for consolidated information on Special Needs Law to ensure that  families and caregivers become more aware of the legal rights and benefits available for their loved ones with special needs. We hope that this Toolkit will begin to address that need.

Many thanks to all of the contributors and proofreaders that have volunteered their time to complete this project.

The Special Needs Steering Committee and Workgroup