Focus on the Future - Achieva Family Trust All-Day Conference

Event Date: 

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

Event Location: 

Webinar

Please join Achieva Family Trust 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.

Focus on the Future

8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Please join Achieva Family Trust 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 a.m. - Welcome Remarks: Amy Strano, Esq., President Achieva Family Trust; and Kelly Frey, WTAE Newsperson and Family Member

9 - 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 - 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 - 11:55 a.m. - Understanding Decision Making, Including Powers of Attorney/Guardianship
Presenter: Nora Gieg Chatha, Esq. Tucker Arensberg P.C. 

12 - 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 p.m. - Understanding Government Benefits
Presenters: Elaine Cole, MS, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration; and Erin Guay, MA, Paralegal/Compliance Officer, Pennsylvania Health Law Project

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