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A program for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities, their families and their caretakers

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Special Needs Planning Law Day will provide a forum for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers to receive reliable and objective information about their most pressing legal, financial and care giving concerns.

Congressman Paul Tonko will deliver the keynote presentation. Brad Williams, executive director of New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. will also make remarks, and Associate Dean Alicia Ouellette will welcome attendees.

9:30 a.m. Sign-up for consultations; light breakfast available
10:00 a.m. Keynote by Congressman Paul Tonko; presentation by Brad Williams
11:00 a.m. Workshops and consultations

Workshops will include:

   How to fund a special needs trust
   Advanced directives for individuals with D.D.
   Individual education programs
   Americans with Disabilities Act
   Special needs trusts and pooled special needs trusts
   Public benefits and waivers


Presenters and resource fair participants to date include:

New York State Justice Center for Persons with Special needs
Consumer Directed Choices, Inc.             
Self Advocacy Association-Nys INC
The Center for Special Needs Trusts Administration
The Legal Project
Albany Law Clinic & Justice Center
Albany Law School Civil Rights and Disabilities Clinic
The Pierro Law Group
Merrill Lynch
MASS Mutual
Nolfo McKenna Law Office
The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York
Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley
Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany
Center for Disability Services
Schenectady ARC
Wilcenski & Pleat, PLLC
Herzog Law Firm


Organized by the law school's Pro Bono Program, the event is free and open to the public and does not require advance registration. For more information, or to request specific accommodations or translation services, contact

Sponsors for Special Needs Planning Law Day include:

Gold Level
NYSARC Trust Services
The Center for Special Needs Trusts
The Pierro Law Group
Herzog Law Firm P.C.

Silver Level
Merrill Lynch
Nolfo McKenna Law Office
Schenectady ARC
Capital Bank

Friend Level
Concepts of Independence, Inc.