Caring for a child or adult with a disability can present overwhelming challenges for the individual and his/her caretaker. Knowing what questions to ask, understanding the applicable laws, and knowing where to look for information is half the battle when it comes to ensuring that rights are protected and opportunities for the person with disabilities are not curtailed.
Squire Patton Boggs associate Lindsay Holmes co-authored the American Health Lawyers Association’s Guidebook for People with Disabilities. The Guidebook is intended to serve as an informative starting point to help many better understand the protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA, also referred to as the 2008 Amendments). While not comprehensive, this resource attempts to address issues that most people with disabilities may need to address at some point in their lives, including, but not limited to, child custody decisions when a parent has a disability; employment issues for a veteran with service-oriented disabilities; an airline’s duty and responsibilities towards an individual with disabilities; or when planning for a successor caretaker for the adult who will continue needing a caretaker’s assistance when the current caretaker – often times a family member – is no longer able to provide care.
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