Achieva Family Trust Recognizes Two Monthly Observances for October

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National Special Needs Law Month

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) established National Special Needs Law Month in October as a grassroots effort to help people with disabilities, their families, and caregivers understand special needs planning and the resources available to assist them.
Special needs law can involve supplemental needs trusts, care management, advocacy to preserve educational or civil rights, public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, and other important issues.

Many NAELA members will be celebrating National Special Needs Law Month with activities in their communities covering topics such as:

• Special needs education
• Financing long-term care
• Supplemental needs trusts
• SSI and Medicaid rules and regulations

In honor of National Special Needs Law Month, Achieva Family Trust would like to take this opportunity to remind readers of the importance of future planning for individuals with disabilities and their family members. While it is important to plan for all aspects of an individual's future, for many the most important thing to consider is the preservation of crucial government benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. These benefits are contingent upon an individual having no more than $2,000 in available resources in order to maintain eligibility. Although an individual may be subject to this strict resource limitation, the creation of a Special Needs Trust will allow an individual's parents or other family members to leave money in trust for the individual's benefit without compromising government supports and services.

Please visit for additional information on future planning, as well as a free future planning guide and list of attorneys who are able to assist you with your future planning needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or 412.995.5000 x565.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

U.S. Department of Labor announced its Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has selected “Advancing Access and Equity” as the theme to promote National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities, past and present, and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices that benefit employers and employees.
If you are concerned about how your employment income could affect your government benefits, Achieva Family Trust can help. Discover a one-stop resource to help you achieve your employment goals.

Our Benefits Counseling Coordinators can help: 
  • Access resources for people with disabilities who want to work.
  • Maximize your employment income.
  • Maintain your access to vital government benefits
For more information or to schedule a no-cost consultation, please contact us at or 412.995.5000 x565.
Sources: National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and National Academy Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)

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