Press Conference Announces Introduction of Special Needs Trust Fairness Act of 2013

The press conference was attended by (from left) Sue Paterno, Pennsylvania Special Olympics; Josie Smith, Director of the Sight-Loss Support Group (SLG) and a member of the Nitany Valley Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NVNFB); H. Amos Goodall, CELA, NAELA Public Policy Committee Chair and a Pennsylvania Elder Law attorney; Michelle McManus, a member of SLG and President of NVNFB; Deniz Aydemir Doke, a member of SLG and NVNFB; and Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA).

H. Amos Goodall, CELA, (left) shakes Rep. Thompson's hand (R-PA) (right). Joining the press conference were advocates from the disabilities community. "I want to thank Amos Goodall and our local disability advocates for bringing this injustice to light,” stated Thompson. “In the coming weeks and months, I will be engaging with disabilities advocates across the country to rally behind this common-sense measure, and working with both Democrats and Republicans in Washington to ensure this discriminatory policy does not continue.”

During the press conference, H. Amos Goodall stated, “The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys has identified this as a matter which discriminates against people who have disabilities. These folks already struggle to live their lives confronting their challenges; the law should not make it more difficult.” 

Read the press release: NAELA Commends Reps. Thompson and Pallone for Protecting the Rights of Individuals with Disabilities