As students in special education prepare to enter adulthood, there are several areas that need to be addressed. One of the most important is for individuals with I/DD including Autism who are turning 18 years old to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Join us for this informative presentation which will discuss why applying for SSI and Medicaid is important, the steps you need to take to prepare to apply, and then how to apply for this important benefit.
- Karen Mariscal, Esq. is an expert on special needs estate planning, guardianship, and government benefits. Karen has been practicing law for more than 30 years, and is a passionate advocate for people who have special needs, and their parents. As both a lawyer and a SUPPORTbroker, Karen provides families with information, resources, and practical assistance regarding adult day programming, housing, residential options, and supports. A 1984 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, Karen came by her work as a special needs lawyer naturally, in that she has a severely autistic son, Billy, who is now 26.
- Pat Nemia, M.A., P.T., is the Project Director of Mass Family Voices/F2F Health Information Center at the Federation for Children with Special Needs. Pat has many years of experience in healthcare as a physical therapist, educator, and administrator. In her role at FCSN, Pat educates and empowers families in health care financing, including MassHealth issues.