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The Family Support Center of New Jersey


The Law and Disability: A Free Webinar Series

Featuring the Attorneys of Hinkle, Fingles & Prior

Since 1974, the attorneys at Hinkle, Fingles & Prior have represented the interests of people with disabilities and their families. Many of the firm’s attorneys have a personal connection to the world of disabilities – whether through a sibling or a child – and understand first hand the unique issues faced by families.

Creative Options for Housing, Funding and Support Services

Featuring S. Paul Prior, Esq.

Thursday, February 16
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Across the country, families are looking beyond traditional group homes and supervised apartments for innovative housing supports for their loved ones with disabilities. While ‘self-directed’ services hold great promise, many families are finding that funding is inadequate, and the burden of administration and management of services is overwhelming. At the same time, policy changes have prompted DDD to discontinue funding for some adults who have been in out-of-home residential services for years. In this 90-minute program, participants will learn about options for funding residential services, how to safeguard services for a son or daughter and how to avoid common pitfalls in working with DDD to obtain effective out-of-home residential services.

Special Education – What The School District Can and Cannot Say: Beyond Basic Rights

Featuring Evelina Padilla, Esq.

Thursday, February 23
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Increasingly, school districts are reconsidering placements and specialized services for students with disabilities in order to cut costs and bring them  back into local public programs. When this occurs, the district must provide a reason (rationale) for the proposed change. In this 90-minute presentation, parents will learn how IEP decisions are supposed to be made; what reasons for IEP changes are acceptable under the law and what reasons are not; how the “Stay Put” language in the federal law can be used to preserve services; and how to advocate for their child when changes or reductions in services are proposed.

From Entitlement to Eligibility: Maximizing Services & Supports Through the Transition Years

Featuring Ira M. Fingles, Esq.

Thursday, March 1
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


As educational entitlements — and the funding that goes with them — come to an end, many young adults continue to need services and support. In this 90-minute workshop, participants will learn strategies to preserve special education services through age 21; services and entitlements for young adults through DDD and DVRS, and how to access supports and accommodations under the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and through colleges and universities. They will learn about issues such as guardianship and other legal strategies that provide varying levels of support and protection, as well as the ins and outs of disclosure of a disability in the workplace and in higher education.

Published on Feb 6th, 2012. © Copyright 2012 Hinkle, Fingles & Prior, P.C., Attorneys at Law. All rights reserved.
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Hinkle, Fingles, & Prior, P.C., Attorneys at Law is a multi-state law practice with offices in Lawrenceville, Cherry Hill, Florham Park, and Paramus, New Jersey, and Plymouth Meeting and Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The firm's partners and associates lecture and write frequently on topics of elder law, estate planning, special needs trusts, guardianship, special education, health care insurance & Medicaid, and accessing adult services, and are available to speak to groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania at no charge. For more information, visit http://www.hinkle1.com/ or call (609) 896-4200, or (215) 860-2100.