Words and labels make a big difference in our lives. How you answer this question can make all the difference for a person you love.

"Disability" or "Handicapped"?

Do the words disability and handicapped mean the same thing? The short answer is NO. Disability and handicapped do not mean the same thing. And the differences are important.
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Planning for an individual with special needs requires a myriad of factors to be taken into consideration in order to obtain and to achieve the best and most appropriate outcome for that individual. In the majority of cases, the individual seeking to do planning is doing so to either maintain a government they are receiving or to obtain government benefits. This article will set forth an overview of Special Needs Trusts (SNTs), as well as some alternative planning options to establishing an SNT.

Many people have never heard of a small building in Southeast Washington DC called The National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, doesn’t have quite the same ring as The Library of Congress. But for blind people and individuals with physical handicaps this can be an important tool.

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Writing and my disability have been intertwined for most of my life. My speech disability and the spastic movements of my body often make oral communication difficult, and take away almost all of my opportunities to impress the listener in professional situations. Yet, as a writer, I am confident in my ability to put forward a powerful message and have relied on it in my efforts to carve out a career. Approaching two decades worth of experience in using my writing ability to find my place in the world, I believe more than ever that the relationship between writing and disability is one that can be powerful for the disability community on a large scale.

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Moms and Dads

Much has been written about the Sandwich Generation — that population of 24 million caregivers who are squeezed between caring for children while simultaneously caring for an older parent. According to a 2013 Pew Research study, 47 percent of people in their 40s and 50s fall into the Sandwich Generation category and one in seven of these adults are providing financial assistance to college-age children and older parents.