Of all the attacks that Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats have tried against Donald J. Trump since he captured the Republican presidential nomination, one has stood out for its emotional force and persuasive power: No one, it seems, can abide Mr. Trump’s mockery last year of a reporter’s physical disability.  And as Mrs. Clinton strains to make a more forceful case for her own candidacy, after a summer focused largely on hammering Mr. Trump, her campaign believes that a focus on an often-overlooked constituency — voters with disabilities — can accomplish both goals at once.

Read the full story here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/us/politics/hillary-clinton-speech.html

I was surfing the internet when an article on a doctor who treated two people for MS with invasive treatment (Tysabri infusions) and tests (MRIs) popped up.  The neurologist was located in Denver Colorado, but in an interesting twist of fate, he also had a connection to Jacksonville.  Gary Weiss, M.D. operated a medical clinic in Jacksonville for three years.

Full article is below.

2 women treated by Vail doctor for multiple sclerosis for up to 8 years didn’t have the disease, lawsuit says

This is a great piece from the NYT by Rosemarie Garland-Thompson on what it feels like to be disabled.



ABLE Account Update

September 7, 2016

In addition to Florida, three states have established ABLE account programs:  Nebraska, Tennessee and Ohio.  However, many states are in the process of establishing similar programs which will certain people with disabilities additional options for savings.  Ohio’s program was the first to open in June 2016.

The four existing programs vary considerable:  they have different account and asset-based fees, investment options, policies and consequences for state taxes.  People considering ABLE accounts will need to research the various plans to see which one will be best.  Individuals cannot have multiple ABLE accounts and some may choose to wait and open accounts until their home states begin offering plans.

Potential owners of ABLE accounts may consider whether the account is an acceptable substitute for a special needs trust for them or whether they would like to have both a trust and an ABLE account.

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