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Legal Specialties for Children and Adults with Disabilities and Their Families

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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.

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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

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Farley's presentation, Obtaining Funding or Services for Children & Adults with DD in the State of Illinois.

How to Obtain Medicare Health Coverage for a Disabled Young Adult Currently Receiving SSI Benefits

SSI at Age 18 - Most disabled young adults obtain SSI Benefits (Supplemental Security Income) at the age of 18 if they are disabled and have less than $2,000 in their own name. The SSI Benefits are for those persons who have not paid into the Social Security system and obtain enough credits to be classified as a disabled worker. For those persons who have earned enough Social Security credits, then they will receive SSDI Benefits (Social Security Disability Insurance).

Benefits of Obtaining SSDI - When a person obtains SSDI, they will also receive Medicare health coverage 24 months thereafter. In other words, after a person has collecting SSDI for two years, then they will receive Medicare health coverage.

How a Disabled Young Adult Can Qualify for SSDI - A disabled young adult can qualify for SSDI if they became disabled before age 24 and earned six Social Security work credits. A worker can earn up to a maximum of four Social Security credits per year. In the year 2016 the disabled person must earn $1,260 to get one Social Security or Medicare work credit and $5,040 to get the maximum four credits for the year. If, for example, the disabled person earned $3,000 in 2016, then they would have earned two credits for the year. If the disabled worker has not obtained the six Social Security credits by age 24, then he or she will need to obtain more than those six credits depending upon their post 24 age. (Not every kind of work counts towards Social Security credits as, for example, children younger than age 21 who do household chores for a parent (except a child age 18 or older who works in the parent's business)).

If your child has more than $2,000 in their own name, then please contact Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr. and we can discuss about transferring the funds into a unique Special Needs Trust in order to qualify for government benefits.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please email Attorney Robert H. Farley, Jr., at farleylaw@aol.com or call at 630-369-0103.