"Here Comes the Sun"  is the Newsletter from Russo Law Group,

 P.C. specifically for the Special Needs Community. For more information on any of the articles you read here, please do not hesitate to contact us!

April is National Autism Awareness Month

It seems that almost every day, the media reminds us that it is a National Day or Month: National Puppy Day, National Dessert Day, National Ice Cream Month, etc.

What comes to mind when you think of April? April Fools' Day? Although you wouldn't be incorrect, in the realm of autism, April marks the first day of National Autism Awareness Month.

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Think you Have to Disinherit your Child with Special Needs? Think Again!

Many families assume it's better to disinherit their child with special needs.  Their intentions are loving - they don't want the child to lose their government benefits as a result of inheriting; they don't want to do their child more harm than good.  They think it would be better to leave everything to their other children, trusting that those childrent will take care of the child with special needs.

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22nd Annual Theresa Awards

On May 6th, the Theresa Foundation will be honoring Robert McGuire of Cerebral Palsy Nassau, Elizabethanne Miller Angevine, Esq. of Miller & Angevine and Corey B. Bearak, Esq. of Government & Public Affairs Counsel Corey Bearak for their outstanding efforts in making a difference in our communities.

The monies raised at the Theresa Awards Dinner allows the Foundation to provide music, dance, art and recreation programs at the Theresa Academy of Performing Arts for Children with Special Needs and provides funds to aid similar organizations worldwide.

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Don't Forget: Some SSI Beneficiaries Can Switch to SSDI When a Parent's Circumstances Change

Because of her disability, a person receiving SSI may not have worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits on her own work record, but many SSI beneficiaries who became disabled prior to turning 22 years...

Department of Labor Issues Guide for Employing Home Care Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor has just published an easy-to-use guide for families titled Paying Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers: A Guide for Consumers and Their Families to the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

New SSA Policy Makes It Easier to Understand Why Your Special Needs Trust Was Rejected

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently issued an Emergency Message to all personnel requiring workers to specifically inform Supplemental Security Income (SSI) applicants or beneficiaries of the reasons a special needs trust has been rejected by the agency.

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Program Provides Tax Benefits to Workers Shouldering Care Expenses

Workers who must pay for the care of a dependant relative, including a child with special needs, so that they can continue to work can get a significant tax benefit under a little-known provision of the Internal Revenue Code, the nation's tax law, known as the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP).

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