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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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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.

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Reaching Out to the Disability Community

Robert H. Farley, Jr. is available to speak to parents, organizations, and agencies on a wide variety of issues related to disability advocacy and disability services. All workshops are offered free of charge. Scheduled workshops are listed below. If you are interested in attending an event, or requesting speaking and workshop services for your group or agency, please call 630-369-0103, or contact us by email.

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Scheduled Workshops / Seminars
(Please RSVP by email or phone (630-369-0103) if you will be attending)

Speaking Topic Date Location
How to Be Successful in Obtaining Funding for a Developmentally Disabled Person Dec. 4, 2017, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Naperville Public Library, 95th Street Branch,
3015 Cedar Glade Drive, Meeting Room A, Naperville, Illinois 60564

This workshop - and all our workshops - are offered free of charge.

Securing services for children and adults with developmental disabilities can be one of the most challenging experiences family members and guardians face as they care for their loved one. Accordingly, parents and agencies are welcomed and encouraged to attend this workshop.

download buttonPrior to attending this workshop, please download and print attorney Farley's "Book" on How to Navigate the Illinois Disability System. This is a free download. Please plan to bring a copy of "The Book" to the workshop.

This presentation specifically addresses the following issues.

  1. Why It Is Essential To Get On State of Illinois "Waiting List?"
  2. What To Do If You Cannot Wait For Your Child's Name To Be Pulled From The Waiting List
  3. What Services Are Available For Your Child From The State of Illinois?
  4. Guardianship - How To Obtain / Is Guardianship Necessary?
  5. Special Needs Trusts
  6. Applying for SSI Benefits at age 18.
  7. Update on Current Litigation in Illinois On Behalf of Disabled Persons & How It Will Affect Your Child.
  8. Strategies To Obtain Funding For Disability Services & Overcome Those Persons Who Tell You That You Cannot Succeed Unless You Are An Emergency.

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Regular speaking topics include:

  • Adult Services for Developmentally Disabled Persons
  • Waiting List for Services: Fact or Fiction
  • Why Illinois is Ranked Near the Bottom of All States in Providing Community-Based Services.
  • Special Education Services for Children with Disabilities
  • Preparing for Your Child's Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Transition Planning
  • Guardianship and Estate Planning
  • Special Needs Trusts for Families with a Child with Developmental Disabilities
  • Financial Benefits: SSI and Medicaid