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Transitioning from school to community or from child to adult can be a challenge, especially for children with special needs. What's next? What services are available throughout adulthood? How do I plan for the next 10, 20, 50 years of my child's life?
I adopted my daughter when she was 14 and had not navigated the social security or services systems before. I heard Michele give a presentation and knew she was the answer. She is knowledgeable and incredibly caring. She asks all the right questions and has already helped us with benefits and the importance of a special needs trust. We’re working on a long term plan thinking thru work, education, housing etc. Michele makes such a difference in advising individuals and families enabling them to have a productive and high quality life and a future that makes sense.
I met Michele Leahy in 2009 at a Council Rock Transition meeting. We got talking and I was dumbfounded with her knowledge of the Social Security System. I needed someone desperately to help me navigate it. She helped me understand the Student Earned Income where AJ could continue to earn money while in school and not be penalized for it and keep his SSI. Once AJ graduated things changed. Within six months of his graduation, due to his work history, he was eligible for Social Security Disability.
It can be very overwhelming finding ones way… our hiring Michele to guide us through the maze was the best decisions we could have made for the welfare of our daughter. Lauren, was born with Spina Bifida and uses a wheelchair. She has faced many challenges and one of the hardest has been the way others pre judge her because sits in a chair. Finding a job was difficult and we are proud to say she is now employed part-time. Michele was right there celebrating along with us and with forms in hand on how to navigate Social Security.
With Michele's guidance, we were able to qualify for disability benefits for my son the first time we applied. She provided us with a step by step plan and was supportive throughout the entire process. Michele is a dedicated professional and a compassionate advocate for those with special needs.
The Path to Independence
Disability Life Planning helps parents and the person with special needs set reasonable, attainable goals for the future. We assess options regarding living arrangements, finding a job with or without supports, navigating the Social Security Administration and state services.
About the Founder
M. Leahy & Associates specializes working with other professionals such as financial advisors, special needs estate attorneys, special education professionals, governmental and community agencies to maximize the benefits and implement the best plan.
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