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Service Dogs: What to Do if Your Service Dog is Denied Public Access

Individuals with disabilities who have service dogs should be prepared with knowledge of the law when they enter business establishments. If a dispute occurs over access to the business, then individuals will need to assert their legal rights in a clear and calm manner. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits privately owned businesses that serve the public from discriminating against... 

Social Security Announces New Disability Process for Veterans

Social Security Announces New Disability Process for Veterans The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits will be expedited for some veterans. Under a new initiative, veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent and Total disability compensation rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be able to apply for Social Security disability [...]  Read More →

NFL Colts owner Jim Irsay arrested for DUI and possession of controlled substances St. Patty’s weekend.

Jim Irsay, owner of the NFL Indianapolis Colts, was arrested Sunday night for suspicion of DUI and possession of controlled substances. Mr. Irsay faces the DUI charge and three (3) felony counts of possessing a controlled substance. Mr. Irsay allegedly drove at a slow rate of speed, stopped in the roadway and failed to signal a turn before police stopped him.  It is not illegal to drive slower than... 

Artist Colonies Are Now Retirement Options

As baby boomers enter their retirement years, their diverse interests are driving a boom in non-traditional retirement communities — including artist colonies. One group of Senior Artists Colonies has been designed in partnership with the nonprofit EngAge organization, which provides arts, health and financial programs for seniors. The colonies are known for an abundance of activities, including... 

Justin Bieber’s DUI video showing him performing Field Sobriety Exercises/Tests (FSE/FST) released.

Justin Bieber’s DUI arrest in Florida is still ongoing.  Recently, the video of him performing Field Sobriety Exercises (FSE’s) was released to the public.  These are standardized tasks developed by the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) that DUI officers use to develop probably cause for a suspected driver’s arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI).  NHTSA... 

Messenger Establishes Employment Relationship in Workers’ Compensation Case

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has found that a bicycle messenger was an employee of a courier service and was therefore entitled to benefits, despite an agreement stating that the messenger was an independent contractor. The case arose from an injury the bicycle messenger received when he was struck from behind by a vehicle while making a delivery. Evidence submitted in the case... 

New Device Would Limit Teen Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is a major safety issue for teens and adults. Now, the insurance company Esurance is introducing a program that parents can use to limit their children’s cell phone use while they are behind the wheel. The DriveSafe program operates in two parts. One element is a telematics device that can be installed in the diagnostics port of any car manufactured after 1996 (except electric... 

Elder advocacy group urges Congress to help seniors in 2014

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently released a list of five recommendations for Congress to help American seniors in 2014. 1. Strengthen the Older Americans Act (OAA). The OAA provides funding for critical services for seniors living independently at home, including nutrition, disease prevention, transportation and caregiver support. NCOA claims that funding has not kept pace with inflation... 

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleges That Police Shot Handcuffed Suspect in Chest

Allegedly, Brooklyn police shot and killed a handcuffed man in August 2013. A grand jury has declined to file charges against the police officer who allegedly shot the man, but his mother has now filed a wrongful death lawsuit. At the time the 24-year-old man was shot, he was wanted by police for kidnapping. The suspect was halted at a traffic stop and placed under arrest before he was shot in the... 

How to Use College Savings to Pay for Classes Not Covered by Financial Aid

Young people with special needs may be looking forward to becoming full-time college students, or they may wish to take just a course or two for a specific purpose or to see whether college is the right choice for them. However, non-degree-seeking students are not eligible for federal student aid, so students and their parents may need to consider other methods of paying for college expenses. A 529... 
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