Law Office of Claudia I. Pringles, PLLC

Workshops & Presentations

Attorney Pringles is a frequent speaker and presenter on areas of special needs law and advocacy. Frequent topics include:

  • Special Needs Planning
  • Guardianship
  • Preparing for Transition to Adulthood
  • Advocacy
  • Vermont Act 158 (Autism Treatment Law)

To request a workshop or presentation, please send an email or call 1-802-778-0306.

Upcoming Events

Special Needs Planning Workshop

Special Needs Planning is essential to protect and plan for your disabled child or grandchild. Most families know that not having the right plans in place can be detrimental to people with special needs, but they don’t know where to begin.

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of what families need to know about special needs planning, including such essentials as protecting important government benefits like SSI and Medicaid; avoiding Medicaid “paybacks” to the state; constructing a will that doesn’t conflict with a person’s ability to access government services; constructing and funding of a Special Needs Trust; and how to provide guidance to future caregivers.

This workshop is presented by Attorney Claudia I. Pringles,  whose practice includes Special Needs Planning and Estate Planning.  Also contributing to this workshop will be Financial Advisor Gabriel Lajeunesse, who has experience helping families plan for their future and for the lifelong needs of their disabled family member. Click here for Gabe’s bio.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION:  Register 5 or more calendar days prior to a workshop to be entered into a drawing to receive a lovely  gardening bag and tool set.  You must be present at the workshop to win.

3 locations:

  • May 10, 2018 6:30pm-8:30pm, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT
  • May 24, 2018 6:00pm-8:00pm, Unitarian Universalist of the Upper Valley, 320 Route 5 South, Norwich, VT
  • May 31, 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Vermont Family Network, 600 Blair Rd., Williston, VT

 

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Select Past Events

NAMI Conference May 17, 2016 Lake Morey, Vermont

Special Needs Planning for Individuals with Mental Illness presented by Claudia I. Pringles, Esq.

Special needs planning  is essential to protect and plan for your disabled child of any age.  Even though not having the right plans in place can be a detriment for loved ones with a mental illness, many families just don’t know where to begin.

This workshop will include an overview of what parents and grandparents need to know about special needs planning, including the protection of important government benefits (SSI & Medicaid), special needs trusts,  how to avoid a “payback” to the state for Medicaid, and more. We will also discuss what to do in situations where a person is already over the asset limit and the options available in those situations.

Free IEP Review Day Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Is your child currently on an IEP or 504?  Do you have questions or concerns about their educational plan?  Are you wondering if their needs are currently being met?

Meet for a FREE review session with a licensed attorney & a special educator to have your child’s IEP/504 reviewed and to have an opportunity to ask questions and get feedback.  Sessions will be for up to an hour. The sessions are free for parents/guardians of children with disabilities (any age).

Webinar   Update on ACT 158: Accessing Treatment at Home for Your Child with Autism or other Developmental Disability, presented by Claudia I. Pringles, Esq. Wednesday, January 7th from 10:00-11:00am.  Sponsored by the Vermont Family Network.

ACT 158 is Vermont’s landmark law that requires coverage of certain therapies by insurance companies and Medicaid. Although Vermont was the 20th state to pass a law requiring insurance coverage, Vermont is the only state that has included Medicaid coverage. The law applies to treatment at home or in the community (i.e. not school) and includes speech therapy (including social skill development), ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis), occupational therapy, physical therapy and other evidenced based treatments. Evidenced based treatments can help individuals with mild needs to severe needs reach their full potential and prepare them for adulthood. Treatment and skill development can focus on communication, social skills, academics, reading and adaptive living skills such as gross and fine motor skills, toileting, dressing, eating, personal self-care, domestic skills, and work skills. The webinar will cover information about the law with a focus on the latest updates and tips on how to get started. Your questions will be addressed during the live presentation. Jan 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM EST.  Free Webinar Advance registration required: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1199206909360850178

 

Special Needs Planning for Your Peace of Mind, presented by Claudia I. Pringles, Esq.  Monday, Dec. 1 from 7-8:30pm, S. Londonderry Free Library. Sponsored by the NAMI Family Support Group of S. Londonderry. Open to the Public. Free

Special needs planning is essential to protect and plan for your disabled child. Even though not having the right plans in place can be a detriment for loved ones with special needs, many families just don’t know where to begin. This workshop will include an overview of what parents and grandparents need to know about special needs planning, including: the protection of important government benefits (SSI, Medicaid); special needs trusts; how to avoid a “payback” to the state for Medicaid; the importance of writing a will; how your extended family members can help contribute to the lifelong needs of your child; and, documentation that you can do to provide guidance to future caregivers.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 4:30 pm. Autism Awareness Day at Vermont State House, Montpelier, Vermont. Claudia will do a short presentation on the status of Vermont Act 158 (Autism Treatment/Insurance Law). www.vtautismtaskforce.org

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 5 pm. Claudia will be a speaker at the annual Casino Night Fundraiser for the Vermont Autism Puzzle Foundation on the topic of “advocacy”.  http://www.vtautismpuzzle.org/2014-fundraiser.html

Saturday, April 12, 2014. Give Autism a Chance Summit, Austin, Texas. Claudia will be a panelist on the topic of special needs planning. http://www.theautismtrust.org/#!give-autism-a-chance/c21kz

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 ARC Rutland Area, 6-8pm. Claudia will be doing a workshop on special needs planning. Education & Wellness Center at
Rutland Mental Health Services.  Rutland Family Support Network Potluck Gathering. To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Lisa Lynch at ARC-Rutland Area at 775-1370 or arcrutlandarea@cs.com  or email Cinn Smith at cinna@together.net.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Webinar, 10am. Claudia will be doing an hour long workshop on special needs planning. For more information or to sign up for the free webinar, please click here. Sponsored by the Vermont Family Network.

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 5 pm to 8 pm. Claudia will be presenting at a 2 hour workshop on Special Needs Law including: information on ACT 158 (Autism and DD Treatment Law); special education tips; transition to adulthood; guardianship and special needs planning. Sponsored by the Vermont Achievement Center. Workshop located at Rutland Regional Medical Center CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center. light refreshments will be available. Reservations required. FREE. For more information or to make reservations, please call 775-2395 X103 or visit website at http://www.vacvt.org/news-events/news-page3/ 

Thursday, May 22, 2014 , Brattleboro Savings & Loan (221 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301), 6-8pm. Claudia will be doing a workshop on special needs planning. Free. Please RSVP with Judy Siler at 802-275-2627 or via email at jsilervt@yahoo.com

 To request a workshop or presentation, please use the form below or call 1-802-778-0306.