This month we honor two groups of “special” Americans. National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the many accomplishments of employees with disabilities. This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment began in 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
October is also National Down Syndrome Awareness month. Created in 1981 to raise awareness about the abilities of people with Down syndrome, the celebration is highlighted by the Buddy Walk®, which was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). Today, the Buddy Walk program is supported nationally by NDSS and organized at the local level by parent support groups, schools and other organizations and individuals. Last year alone, more than 285,000 people participated in a Buddy Walk and the walks raised over $11.2 million to benefit individuals with Down syndrome. To find a Buddy Walk near you, visit www.buddywalk.org.
At Cramer Law Center, P.L., we think this is an ideal time to discuss the importance of Special Needs Planning. If your family includes a special needs child or adult, we hope your plan includes provisions for your loved one’s care when you are no longer able to provide it. If you do not have a special needs plan in place, we hope you will make an appointment with us at your earliest convenience to learn how we can use a wide range of tools, including a Special Needs Trust, to protect your loved one’s financial and emotional future.