Family Trust Webinars


Past Webinar Recordings Available

Understanding the Basics of SSI and SSDI
Join Elaine Cole from the Social Security Administration as she dives into the complexities of Social SSI and SSDI. From demystifying the application process to decoding benefit determinations, Elaine provides invaluable insights into Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility requirements, including income, resources, and special considerations for non-citizens.

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Understanding Home and Community-Based Waivers. A wooden cut-out of a house and a heart
This webinar delves into Medicaid home and community-based waivers for Pennsylvania residents with disabilities. Janice Meinert of PA Health Law Project explains program options, eligibility, and services, as well as information on waiver eligibility, income/resource limits, exemptions, and challenges in the application process.

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  • Chuck Keenan, Administrator, Homelessness and Housing, Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Remy Harris, Senior Manager, Services for Families Experiencing Housing Crises, Allegheny County Department of Human Services  
  • Sally Ellwein, Director of Meeting Basic Needs, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
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The Pennsylvania ABLE Savings Program is a state offered program that gives individuals with qualifying disabilities a tax-advantaged way to invest without impacting their government benefits. 

Fund My Future PGH helps Allegheny County families save for their children’s futures by offering reminders to save and chances to win up to $1,000 each month!

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A view of the city of Pittsburgh from the Ohio river, Text overlay says Understanding the services of allegheny county department of human services
March 28th, 2023

Office of Developmental Services staff look forward to sharing how you can be supported through:
  • Learning about Allegheny County Department of Human Services
  • Community Resources
  • Utilizing Charting the LifeCourse Principals and Tools
  • Registration with Office of Development Services
  • Building a relationship and planning with a Supports Coordinator
  • Developing a robust ISP
  • The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Funding for Respite and Family-Driven Support Services (FDSS)
  • Consolidated, Community Living and Person-Family Directed Support Waivers

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Background of a social security card and money with text that says SSI/SSDI Benefits and Working. How to Make it Work for you
March 23, 2023

Representatives from Disability Rights Pennsylvania, Achieva Family Trust's Benefits Counseling, and The Social Security Administration cover working and benefits rules, types of waivers, eligibility, and more.

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Saving For The Future with PA Able and Fund My Future Pittsburgh
February 21st, 2023

PA ABLE account gives individuals with qualified disabilities and their families and friends a tax-free way to save for disability-related expenses while maintaining government benefits. Since 2013, Fund My Future PGH has been helping families start their savings journey.

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January 18th, 2023

Are you a person with a disability who is interested in knowing more about college or working? Would you like to know how to tap into available resources from OVR? If so, this presentation is for you! Join Jill Seus Starr and her colleagues from OVR as they explain the OVR process. 

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This presentation covers different Medicaid categories including Healthy Horizons and Medical Assistance for Workers with Disabilities (MAWD), CHIP, and Waiver. In addition, learn about when and how to apply for SSI and SSDI, and how earned income affects these benefits.

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October 25, 2022

This day-long conference was dedicated to future planning for people with disabilities. The purpose of the conference is to educate and inform families, professionals, and self-advocates about the importance of Future Planning for Individuals with Disabilities.

Topics included: Planning for the Future with Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts, Planning Transition from High School, Charting the Life Course, and Financial Empowerment.

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April 7th, 2022

Supported Decision-Making (SDM) allows people with disabilities to make choices about their own lives with support from a team of people they choose.

Attend this session and learn among other things:
  • What is Decision Making?
  • What is Supported Decision Making?
  • What is Decision Making Capacity?
  • Health Care and Financial Decision Making Supports
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March 30th, 2022

The impact of dual enrollment in Medicaid and Medicare is to significantly reduce or eliminate the costs of health care.

This presentation will:
  • Examine the characteristics of dual eligibility.
  • The benefits that each program (Medicare and Medicaid) provides.
  • How each program coordinates with the other.
  • The special problems that dual eligibility generates and how to effectively deal with those problems.

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February 16th, 2022

A panel of experts from The University of Pittsburgh, Community College of Allegheny County, Goodwill of Southwestern PA, and Achieva Employment Supports & Business Services, will present the different strategies and models for employment. They will cover the steps and process to achieve employment, and various partnerships and collaborations in the community with a broad range of companies, including industrial, health, and the service sectors. They will also share examples of positive outcomes.

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November 10, 2021

The topics of this webinar are Planning for the Future with Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts, Understanding Government Benefits, Decision Making, and Housing Options. Experts weigh in to give tips, advice, and resources benefiting families and people with disabilities in planning for the future.

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November 2, 2021

A panel of self-advocates discusses the importance of the involvement and support for self-advocates in advocacy efforts. They will review the principles of self-awareness, self-advocacy, and self-determination for optimal outcomes.

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Gears that say support, mentoring, advice. Text box says Successful Strategies for self advocacy part 1
October 5, 2021

The purpose of this webinar is to provide an overview of the basics for successful strategies when advocating for issues of importance for people with disabilities. The basic strategies relate to advocating across disability groups.

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April 17, 2020

This webinar covers the legal distinctions between Guardianship and Power of Attorney.
Presenter: Nora Gieg Chatha, Esq.

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September 23, 2021

The intent of this webinar is to provide an overview of the human-centric, LifeCourse principles that are designed to reflect the strengths and needs of people. The webinar will provide examples of how LifeCourse principles are being utilized to drive person-centered change for people with disabilities, their families, and organizations. This will be the first of a series of learning opportunities to help people use the LifeCourse framework and tools.

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Planning for college for students with intellectual disabilities. A young man wears a cap and gown for his college graduation
May 4, 2021

Are you the parent of a child with an intellectual disability? Do you wonder what life will look like after high school? Students with intellectual disabilities attending inclusive college programs are a growing population. Five of Pennsylvania’s state universities now have programs for students with intellectual disabilities.

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April 16, 2021

This webinar will bring together information for financial professionals that includes disability etiquette and best practices for engagement with individuals with disabilities, as well as tools and methods that are available for budgeting, savings, and debt management.

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