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FREE Webinar: Social Security and Special Needs Planning

Join us on June 4, 2020 as Emily B. Kile, Esq. and the Kile & Kupiszewski Law Firm host Jack Burns, Public Affairs Specialist for Arizona, for a free webinar about the importance of Social Security benefits for your loves ones with special needs.

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Preparing for the FUTURE

Housing Options to Consider

The Arc of Arizona | Mosaic | Luna Azul | Rainbow Acres
DDD Housing Services | First Place Residence & Transition Academy

Gain a basic understanding of different housing options available for those
with disabilities. Participants will learn about what types of housing is available in Arizona and will have the opportunity to visit housing provider booths before and after the event to ask questions and learn more about what’s available throughout the state.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 21, 2019
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
SARRC’s Sybil B. Harrington Campus for Exceptional Children
300 N 18th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

Register online at or to Beth Salazar at or 602.574.7845.


Important Event! AZA United Transdisciplinary Autism Conference

Arizona Autism United is a non-profit whose mission is to help as many families as possible with individualized supports. Founded in 2006 by parents who recognized the need for more services. AZA United is a nonprofit organization that provides direct services and supports to children and familiesaza-logo

As part of their ongoing community service they are hosting the:

The 5th Annual 2016 Transdisciplinary Autism Conference

Friday & Saturday, April 29th & 30th @ the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix, AZ This is a community event for parents and professionals. They are hosting over 15 speakers with a sample below that looks terrific. The variety is impressive and lives up to the goal. There are so many topics for parents and professionals that there should be something to benefit family or professional on this journey.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Daniel J. Moran, BCBA Friday April 29th Keynote presentation: The Mindful Action Plan: Using the MAP to Stay Committed to Your Goals & breakout presentation for Behavior Analysts: Demystifying Relational Frame Theory

Dr. Robert Naseef, Author & Psychologist Saturday, April 30th Keynote presentation: Autism and the Family: Getting the Big Picture &breakout presentation: Autism and Relationships: Challenges and Coping Strategies. Special Guests:

Dr. Jonathan Tarbox, BCBA-D Friday, April 29th FirstSteps for Kids Two presentations. Complex Skill Acquisition for Children with Autism & How to Get Your Picky Eater to Love Eating a Healthy Variety of Foods.

Wolf Dunaway Adult with Autism He is an adult with autism who has presented to many audiences about living with autism. He was featured in the documentary Neurotypical on PBS. Mr. Dunaway provides unique perspectives and insights to explore the unique challenges of the Autism Life Experience.

Cameron Nelson, Singer He is a young man on the autism spectrum and a very talented singer. He will be singing the National Anthem on Saturday morning.

Once again I am amazed at the innovation and empowered spirit of Arizonans.

If you are interested in attending click here.

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Authored by Attorney Jennifer Kupiszewski

Here comes the disclaimer: we are lawyers, so this blog offers both legal information and answers to common questions. However, we are not your lawyers, so reading this blog does NOT create an attorney-client relationship; it is information and not advice.  

Politicians Thinking And Planning to Address Autism?

It appears that Hilary Clinton is likely the next democratic presidential nominee. As part of her platform she has announced a plan to address the needs of the increasing number of children and adults with autism. Clinton cites the CDC estimate that 1:68 in the United States was identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 2010 or 3.5 million Americans.

Autism Spectrum DisorderFrom Clinton’s website, describing the plan as a: wide-ranging autism initiative—including screening, diagnosis, treatment, services, safety and legal protections for individuals on the autism spectrum across the lifespan, steps to ensure they are treated with dignity, partnerships to help them secure employment, support for families and caregivers, and a commitment to increase research funding to deepen our understanding of autism.” It is a big plan so the list is long… (keep scrolling)

The plan includes:

  • A nationwide early screening outreach campaign.
  • Require health insurance coverage for autism services.
  • Autism Works Initiative.
  • Authorize an adult autism prevalence study.
  • Boost early screening rates.
  • Promote multi-sector awareness campaign.
  • Improve access to autism services in the ACA marketplace and through private health insurance.
  • Increase state compliance with Medicaid coverage requirements for children with autism and other developmental disabilities and a scorecard that is publicly accessible.
  • Work with the Department of Defense to ensure military families have full access to autism services through TRICARE.
  • Enact the Keeping All Students Safe Act.
  • Protect children with autism from bullying in their classrooms.
  • Launch a new Autism Works Initiative consisting of a post-graduation transition plan for every student with autism.
  • Combine the Autism Works Initiative with new legislation to fund employment demonstration grants for individuals with autism and other disabilities.
  • Increase housing opportunities for autistic youth and adults.
  • Encourage all states to enact ABLE legislation and ensure consumer protection for ABLE account beneficiaries.
  • Provide new support to caregivers.
  • Significantly increase funding so that the government can invest more in autism research.
  • Call for an adult autism prevalence and needs study.
  • Ensure states meet their obligations under IDEA’s Child Find Program.
  • Ensure access to assistive technologies.
  • Enforce mental health parity protections.
  • Continue vigorous enforcement of Olmstead.
  • Dedicate new funding to autism protection and advocacy.


Clinton says her plan will benefit families with loved ones on the ASD spectrum and others with developmental disabilities. Of course, no one can know if Clinton will follow through and even if she does, if any of this will become law. But, I am encouraged that the dramatic increase in autism has finally gained some attention. Children should not suffer bullying, go undiagnosed when they need early intervention and be subjected to unnecessary restraints. I am hopeful that this is a sign that politicians are hearing the community crying out that this is a challenge we must address for the benefit of our country. No matter who you support for president we should encourage this discussion.

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Authored by Attorney Jennifer Kupiszewski Here comes the disclaimer: we are lawyers, so this blog offers both legal information and answers to common questions. However, we are not your lawyers, so reading this blog does NOT create an attorney-client relationship; it is information and not advice.  

Handy Dandy Resources: My Social Security

My Social SecurityMy social security account

I love the Social Security Administration website. (And yes, I can here you groan) But they must have the best web designers. The site is easy to use and full of information. And now you can manage your own account and check in on your benefits. We are all worried that Social Security won’t be there when we are ready, that it will be bankrupt but thus far that doesn’t appear to be happening. Reality is that Social Security remains the primary income source for most Americans in retirement.

So be informed about it. Get the most out of it. Make sure you have good information about it. On your account you can:

  1. Keep track of your earnings and verify them every year;
  2. Get an estimate of your future benefits if you are still working;
  3. Get a letter with proof of your benefits if you currently receive them.

Manage your benefits:

  • Change your address;
  • Start or change your direct deposit;
  • Get a replacement Medicare card; and
  • Get a replacement SSA-1099 or SSA-1042S for tax season.

Watch Social Security’s cool You Tube video- Creating Your Account

You can also call SSA toll-free at 1-800-772-1213 or TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. They provide general information by automated phone service 24 hours a day. Case-specific questions are answered from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday OR you can make an appointment to speak to a representative.

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Authored by Attorney Jennifer Kupiszewski

Here comes the disclaimer: we are lawyers, so this blog offers both legal information and answers to common questions. However, we are not your lawyers, so reading this blog does NOT create an attorney-client relationship; it is information and not advice.

Handy Dandy Resources- Arizona Attorney General Life Care Planning Packet

Did you know that Arizonan’s can download a Life Care Planning Packet for FREE at:

The website has general information about Arizona laws related to future incapacity and the importance of life care planning.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the Life Care Planning page is excellent including answering questions on how to fill out the documents, if a notary is needed, who can be witness and where to keep the documents.

The Life Care Planning Packet contains the following documents and instructions:

  1. Durable Health Care Power of Attorney
  2. Durable Mental Health Care Power of Attorney
  3. Living Will (End of Life Care)
  4. Letter to My Agent (Representative)
  5. Pre-Hospital Medical Directive (Do Not Resuscitate) (must be printed on ORANGE paper)

Cerebral Palsy Thrill Seeking!!!

Alicia Kapa and her good friend started this amazing project that you can watch on You Tube at Wheely Wacky Adventures. This video is a compilation of their activities  so far. I expect they will keep pushing and discovering more accessibility and acceptance that the world has to offer. These two good friends challenge our assumptions and behavior and remind us to simply be human. They have a great sense of humor and are fun to watch. Never judge a book by it’s cover.


CNN Money: Long Term Care by the Numbers

Seven out of ten people will need long-term care sometime after 65. Since Medicare only covers 100 days that number is shocking. The cost of long-term care is staggering. The video is a summary by Christine Romans who looks at the numbers behind long-term care. After watching call you financial advisor if this isn’t built into your plan.


Preventing Elder Financial Exploitation? by Webster Financial Bank??

Webster Financial Bank’s video provides a quick synopsis of the perpetrators and potential scams Older Americans may face. The video is not comprehensive but offers a great overview of what to look for and increase awareness. If you or your loved are concerned about any of the issues raised in the video it is worth further investigation to protect a person’s assets.


What is Life Care Planning by My Doctor – Kaiser Permanente

Life Care Planning is for everyone. All adults need to plan for their future health care. Kaiser Permanente has resources online to use. For state specific forms go to No matter get it done. This video explains the importance of planning in about 2 minutes. Check out the Kaiser Permanente You Tube channel it has a ton of health related information.


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