Social Security Disability &
  Special Needs Planning News from
 Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law,
 Partner at Needham Mitnick & Pollack, PLC

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In This Issue
New Rule Strengthens Protections for Americans with Disabilities at Rail Stations
TSA Launches New Toll Free Number for Air Travelers with Disabilities

Upcoming Events!  


Pain Connection Speech:

Sheri Abrams will be speaking at the Pain Connection-Chronic Pain Outreach Center,  Inc. in Wheaton, Maryland on February 27, 2012.  Her discussion will be on "Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning."  For more information about the organization and it's programs click here.


Special Needs Workshop:

NMP will be exhibiting at the Special Needs Workshop sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia on March 4, 2012 from 12:30-5:00 p.m.  The event will provide information and resources to support the ongoing challenges of those touched by our special needs population.  For more information, click here.


5th Annual Positive Aging Fair:

On March 22, NMP will be sponsoring a table at the Fair from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.  The fair includes exhibits, workshops and a  keynote speech by Judith Martin (Miss Manners).  Click here for more information.




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Issue: # 43February 2012
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New Rule Strengthens Protections for Americans with Disabilities at Rail Stations

train The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is amending its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to require intercity, commuter and high-speed passenger railroads to ensure, at new and significantly renovated station platforms, that passengers with disabilities can get on and off any accessible car of the train.


Passenger railroads must provide level-entry boarding at new or altered stations in which no track passing through the station and adjacent to platforms is shared with existing freight rail operations.


For new or altered stations in which track shared with existing freight rail operations precludes compliance, passenger railroads will be able to choose among a variety of means to meet a performance standard to ensure that passengers with disabilities can access each accessible train car that other passengers can board at the station.


These options include providing car-borne lifts, station-based lifts, or mini-high platforms.   The DOT will review a railroad's proposed method to ensure that it provides reliable and safe services to individuals with disabilities in an integrated manner.



TSA Launches New Toll Free Number for Air Travelers with Disabilities
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has launched a new helpline number for air travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. 
A disabled person or their family can call TSA Cares toll free at 1-855-787-2227 before you travel for answers to questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint. 
TSA recommends that passengers call about 72 hours before traveling so that when needed, TSA Cares can coordinate checkpoint support with a TSA Customer Service Manager at the airport.


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:








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