September 26 2022
Contact: Susan Simolunas, Publisher

NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October

Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Focus on Education and Awareness of Legal Options for People with Disabilities and Their Families

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) established October as National Special Needs Law Month as a grassroots effort to help people with disabilities and their families understand special needs planning and the resources available to them. 

Special needs law can involve supplemental needs trusts, care management, advocacy to preserve educational or civil rights, public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, and other important issues. 

Many NAELA members will be celebrating National Special Needs Law Month virtually this year with activities in their communities covering topics such as:
• Special needs education,
• Financing long-term care, 
• Supplemental needs trusts, and
• SSI and Medicaid rules and regulations.

Learn more about NAELA members and questions to ask when working with an elder and special needs law attorney.

Find an elder and special needs law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Member Directory.

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 to 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, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit

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