Social Security Disability &
  Special Needs Planning News from
 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law,
 "Of Counsel" at Needham Mitnick & Pollack
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In This Issue
How Will President Obama's 2012 Budget Impact Those With Disabilities?
Financial Assistance Is Available For Disabled Veterans To Purchase or Adapt A Vehicle
Sheri Abrams To Speak At the 2011 Accessibility Summit
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Issue: # 31February 2011
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Welcome to the thirty-first edition of our newsletter.

These monthly newsletters are designed to show you how not to gamble with your or your patients/clients Social Security Disability and/or SSI benefits.  We also provide you with information on Special Needs Planning.

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How Will President Obama's 2012 Budget Impact Those With Disabilities?


President Obama's proposed Budget for 2012 impacts the disability community in many ways.  Highlights for those seeking or receiving Social Security Disability benefits include: 


Reduced Social Security Claims Backlog. The Budget provides funds to the Social Security Administration to lower the initial claims backlog to 650,000 by processing over three million claims. By hearing approximately 822,500 cases in 2012, the wait time for a decision will fall below a year for the first time in a decade.


Support For Workers with Disabilities.  The Budget also proposes a new Disability Insurance Work Incentives Simplification Pilot to make the Social Security work rules more straightforward and allow beneficiaries more flexibility to try to work without fear of losing their benefits.


Increased Funding for the Education of Children with Disabilities.  The Budget also includes a pilot project called Promoting Readiness of Minors in SSI (PROMISE) which is designed to wean children from Supplemental Security Income (SSI).  This project will develop and evaluate innovative approaches to improving outcomes of children receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and their families.


To see all the proposals in President Obama's budget that may impact the disabled, please click here.


Financial Assistance Is Available For Disabled Veterans To Purchase or Adapt A Vehicle

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Financial assistance, in the form of a grant, is available to purchase a new or used wheelchair van to accommodate a veteran or service member with certain disabilities that resulted from an injury or disease incurred during active military service.  The wheelchair van grant may also be paid, if disabilities are a result of medical treatment, examination, vocational rehabilitation, or compensated work therapy provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The grants for wheelchair vans and adaptive equipment are paid directly to the seller of the automobile for the total price (up to $11,000) of the vehicle.  The veteran or service member may only receive the automobile grant once in his/her lifetime.


A veteran or service member must have one of the following disabilities to qualify for the automobile grant:


* loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both feet;

* loss, or permanent loss of use, of one or both

  hands; or

* permanent impairment of vision in both eyes to a

  certain degree.


The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will also pay to Adapt a Vehicle for those that are qualified for the automobile grant, and veterans or service members with ankylosis (immobility of the joint) of one or both knees or hips resulting from an injury or disease incurred or aggravated by active military service.  Adaptive equipment includes, but is not limited to, power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, and special equipment necessary to assist the eligible person into and out of the vehicle.   The adaptive equipment grant may be paid more than once, and it may be paid to either the seller or the veteran.

For more specific information, call the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) toll-free at 1-800-827-1000 or visit their web site at


Sheri Abrams To Speak At the 2011 Accessibility Summit-----A National Conference For The Disability Community

April 1-2, 2011, McLean Bible Church, Vienna Virginia


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The Accessibility Summit is celebrating its 11th year, as a national conference designed to offer a broad range of information and resources to individuals, families and caregivers, faith-based organizations, educators, and other professionals impacted by disability.


Dr. Temple Grandin is the Accessibility Summit's keynote speaker.  Dr. Grandin is one of the world's most well-known individuals with autism.  Her fascinating life, with all of its challenges and successes, was recently documented in a HBO film entitled, "Temple Grandin."


The Accessibility Summit's schedule is also packed with 30 informative workshops and panel discussions led by experts and featuring a wide range of disability-related topics.


Sheri will be speaking on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:30 pm as part of the panel discussion entitled: 


Taking Care of Business--

Legally & Financially--

for Your Child with Special Needs.


For more information or to register for the 2011 Accessibility Summit, please click on:


Sheri Abrams' Book "Don't Gamble With Your Social Security Disability Benefits--What Every Virginia Resident Needs To Know To Win A Social Security Disability Case" Is Available.
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For more information please click here to see our Press Release.
You can also download a free copy of the book at our websites:



The law firm of Needham Mitnick & Pollack, PLC, is located at:
NMP's Office Building 
400 S. Maple Avenue
Suite 210
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 536-7778
This is in downtown Falls Church and the office has plenty of free and accessible parking.

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We provide legal services in the areas of Social Security Disability Law , Elder Law, Wills and Trusts, Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Advance Medical Directives, Guardianships, Long Term Care Planning, Disability Planning, Medicaid Eligibility, Veterans Benefits and Special Needs Trusts.
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