Feinstein Education Law Group
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Smoothing A Potentially Rough Path

Parents are often in distress when considering their child's transition from special education to adult services. For more than 40 years, the lawyers at Feinstein Education Law Group have guided families through the preparation and transition process. With our understanding of special education law and our familiarity with the various government agencies that can provide assistance, we can answer complex questions and help our clients through every stage.

By working with numerous agencies, we can help parents answer critical questions about the services available to their special needs son or daughter. We regularly work with agencies, including:

  • Department of Children & Families
  • Department of Developmental Services
  • Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Department of Social Services
  • Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind

The law requires the Individualized Education Program (IEP) to provide transition planning and related goals and objectives at the annual review following a student's 15th birthday, or earlier if determined appropriate by the PPT. The skills associated with a successful transition from secondary education to adult life for students with disabilities are critical components. Essentially, the question is: What can we do to help the child become as independent as possible? The IEP team – or Planning and Placement Team (PPT) in Connecticut - may need to identify, explore, and connect with outside agencies including but not limited to DDS, DMHAS, DPH, DORS, BRS and BESBE. The transfer of rights to a student turning 18 is also a critical step for parents to consider.

What Is A Special Needs Trust?

Many parents go through the estate planning process with a keen eye turned toward the needs of their children in the future. Parents of a special needs child must work through numerous contingencies with a trusted legal professional.

Special needs trusts are designed to ensure that a person with special needs does not lose his or her government benefits after the loss of a loved one. A properly drafted document will allow the beneficiary to receive both benefits from the government program and funds from the trust. Without such a document in place, beneficiaries are at risk of seeing one benefit be diminished in favor of the other. We partner with attorneys that can help protect your child's financial future.

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If you are facing challenges or have questions regarding your legal rights and options, we encourage you to call or email an attorney at our Mystic office to schedule an appointment. We offer free initial consultations.

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