Saturday Workshop Review April 2016

Saturday Workshop Review April 2016

On Saturday, April 23rd a packed audience was treated to invaluable information regarding Social Security and Medicaid benefits for their children with disabilities. Lisa Wilson, attorney at Hayes and Wilson, PLLC shared her vast knowledge of these public funding sources. Ms. Wilson previously presented at a Lunch and Learn for InKids in March regarding Guardianship for Individuals with Special Needs.

At April’s presentation, Ms. Wilson talked about the ins and outs of collecting social security and Medicaid benefits as well as various Medicaid Waiver Programs such as Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) and Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS).  Did you know that most insurance companies will allow an individual with special needs to remain on their parents’ insurance policy past the age of 25? One piece of valuable information Ms. Wilson shared was that parents should get their child on the wait-list for services such as HCS and CLASS as soon as possible since most of these lists have 13-14 year waiting lists! Yikes!

Ms. Wilson also briefly touched on issues surrounding Special Needs Trusts which will likely be another Saturday Workshop topic in the coming 2016-2017 year! If you are interested in receiving an email regarding this and other future, free workshop events, email

InKids Executive Director, Jennifer Dantzler, attended the event and commented that parents were receiving about $5000 worth of information at this workshop…for free! Including Kids is very fortunate to have this relationship with Hayes and Wilson as well as Northern Trust to be able to offer these incredibly important topics to the community! Thank you Hayes and Wilson and Northern Trust!

Written by Nichole O’Donnell, B.A., BCaBA, Community Outreach Director, Including Kids, Inc.