July 26, 2019   
Contact: Abby M. Reitz, Communications Manager
       703-942-5711 #230

NAELA Celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary
 
Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys celebrates the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2019. Congress enacted the ADA “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.” The U.S. Department of Labor states that the ADA “prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services.

NAELA member attorneys serve the elderly, people with special needs, and their families. In June 2019, NAELA praised the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 3253, the Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act of 2019, which extends funding for the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project (MFP) and the guarantee that Medicaid’s spousal impoverishment protections will apply to home and community-based service (HCBS) waivers.

“NAELA members are dedicated to advocating for the elderly, people with special needs, and their families, as well providing education and resources to help them better navigate public benefits programs such as Medicaid,” said NAELA President Jennifer VanderVeen, CELA, CAP, NAELA Fellow. 

Learn more about NAELA public policy and advocacy efforts to support older Americans and people with disabilities.

To receive a free NAELA brochure: “Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder or Special Needs Law Attorney,” contact Communications Manager Abby M. Reitz by email or phone at 703-942-5711 #230.

Find an Elder and Special Needs Law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Member Directory.

About NAELA
Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.

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