Friday, April 13, 2018

Farmington presentation on SSI and Social Security Disability

Parent Connect: A Series of Informational Presentations
Farmington Public Schools  Special Education Services
 Invites you to our fourth presentation
of the 2017-18 school year.
Guest speaker from The Law Center for Social Security Rights
Kerry J. Spencer, Associate Attorney
 will present on the topic of  Social Security Disability and SSI

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Place: In the Media Center at Harrison High School
 29995 W. Twelve Mile Road - enter the upstairs doors on the West side of bldg.
 (between Middlebelt and Orchard Lake Roads)
 Childcare offered in Room 362(directly across from the Media Center)
 To reserve a spot please RSVP to the Special Education Services
 office by calling 248.489.3388 by Monday, April 16, 2018
to ensure sufficient staff will be available for childcare.
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Please sign up in advance by calling 248.489.3388 so we know how many to plan for.

Topics to be covered
• Guide to Social Security Disability and SSI
• What are the two disability programs available?
• Am I eligible for disability benefits?
• What is the definition of disability?
• Are there other parts to this definition I have to meet?
• How do I begin?
• What kind of evidence do I need to supply to Social Security?
• Do I need an Attorney?
• If I hire an attorney, how much does it cost?
• How is the disability decision made?
• What do I do if my claim is denied?
• What will I receive if I am approved for Social Security disability benefits or
SSI benefits?
• Will I receive help with my medical bills?


Kerry J. Spencer’s bio –
I have proudly been with The Law Center since 1986 and have exclusively practiced
Social Security law my entire legal career. I received my Juris Doctorate, cum
laude, from Michigan State University and my Bachelor of Arts from the University of
Michigan, Ann Arbor. I have litigated over ten thousand cases across the state and
am familiar with the intricate Social Security laws. I have lectured and published for
the State Bar in the field of Social Security law and have authored Advising the
Older Client or Client with a Disability for the Institute for Continuing Education.
During my decades of service to the disabled, I have taken on the most challenging
cases. I am active in litigating several cases in the Federal District Court for the
Eastern and Western Division and the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals which has
resulted in a number of federal court reversals and published cases. I am a current
board member for the Michigan State Bar Social Security section (and past chair)
and am very involved in educating lawyers and helping set polity in the area of
Social Security law. I also write a blog which addresses Social Security issues.
Being in private litigation for 30 years, and having handled so many social security
cases, I am not only passionate about Social Security issues but have a wealth of
knowledge as to how a Social Security case should proceed and what is needed to
successfully accomplish the goal of successfully adjudicating a case.


Look for future announcements about upcoming presentations from Parent Connect.

Camp and Resource Fair


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Financial Planning Seminar

The Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan Presents:

Financial Planning & Able Accounts for Parents of Special Needs Children

When:  Thursday April 19th
Time:  6:30 - 8pm

Where:  Troy Beaumont Hospital
              44201 Dequindre Road
              Troy, MI  48085

              Downstairs, near the Cafeteria Classrooms 1 & 2


Topics:  Mi ABLE program and Special Needs Trusts

Cost:   None - workshop is Free

RSVP:  By April 16th to Paulette at info@dsgsemi.org