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Virtual Future Planning Conference

Please join us on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, for a day-long virtual conference 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. Below is the schedule of presentations.

8:30 a.m. Start time

8:40 - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome Remarks: Amy Strano, Esq., President Achieva Family Trust and Kelly Frey, WTAE Newsperson and Family Member 9:00 - 9:55 a.m. - Future Planning with Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts Presenter: Jacki Connell, Esq., Director of Legal and Trust Administration Services, Achieva Family Trust 10:00 - 10:55 a.m. - Housing Options for Individuals with Disabilities Presenters: Michelle Stockunas, Vice President, Home and Community Supports, Achieva Melissa Allen, Director, Center for Independent Living, Disability Options Network

11:00 - 11:55 a.m. - Understanding Decision Making, Including Powers of Attorney/Guardianship Presenter: Nora Gieg Chatha, Esq. Tucker Arensberg P.C.

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Family Panel Regarding Future Planning This panel will include a discussion of future planning from a parent’s perspective. What have been the experiences of the families, and what have been the obstacles that they have faced? What advice would these families give to other individuals/families who are contemplating future planning? 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Understanding Government Benefits Presenters: Elaine Cole, MS, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration Erin Guay, MA, Paralegal/Compliance Officer, Pennsylvania Health Law Project

Future Planning Resources


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