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Legal Specialties for Children and Adults with Disabilities and Their Families

Click on any of the substantive legal specialties below to learn more.

Publications and other resource material for families and professionals.

Robert H. Farley, Jr. writes and publishes on disability and disability law regularly. Below is a sampling of currently available articles and publications.

Click here to view more on our main publications page.

Publications and articles are available for reprint by not-for-profit agencies and parents groups; please see reprint requirements on our publications page.

Workshops, Seminars and Presentations

Robert H. Farley, Jr. is available to speak to parents groups, organizations, and agencies on a wide variety of issues related to disability advocacy and disability services. Popular topics include:

  • Adult Services for Developmentally Disabled Persons
  • Waiting List for Services: Fact or Fiction

Click here to visit our main workshops page.

video snaphot of Mr. Farley speaking

Click here to view video of Mr.
Farley's presentation, Obtaining Funding or Services for Children & Adults with DD in the State of Illinois.

Important Issues for Adults and Children with Mental Illness

Mental illness can qualify individuals for government benefits and services if they have limited income and resources.

They may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on their disability. A person is considered disabled if unable to engage in any substantial gainful activity like employment by reason of any medically determinable mental impairment extant for at least 12 months that or can be expected to continue for at least 12 months.

Click here to learn more about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

Parents of children with mental illness should consider establishing a Special Needs Trust. Special Needs Trusts allows parents, guardians and others to direct money, gifts, lawsuit settlements, or other funds to the trust without the beneficiary losing eligibility for certain government programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.

Click here to learn more about Special Needs Trusts