September 20, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Presented by Brian Rubin and Benjamin Rubin of Rubin Law, and Sherri Schneider, QIDP/Parent
Community Health Care, Rock Island Clinic
2750 11th Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Registration with The Arc of the Illinois is required for this session.
$10 Affiliation with The Arc
$40 Community Member
- Registration with The Arc of Illinois Required.
- Or download registration form Brian Rubin Brochure 2019-2020.
The who, what, where, when, why and how of:
- The who, what, where, when, why and how of Government Benefits, including SSI, SSDI, Medicaid and Medicare
- Special Needs Estate Planning including: types of and appropriate uses of Special Needs Trusts, Gifting by Grandparents and extended family members, the impact of divorce and child support on government benefits, determining the appropriate amount to leave
- Children’s Waiver for children under 18
- Guardianships and Alternatives
- Planning for when school years are over, when the bus stops coming and navigating the maze of Adult Services (Adult Waiver, In-Home, Residential, Supported Employment, Sheltered Employment, Developmental Training)
- The impact of the Ligas Class Action Law Suit and Affordable Care Act
- The “ABLE” Account (A representative from the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office will be on-hand with more information)
- The “sibling” perspective
About the Presenters
Brian Rubin, J.D.
Attorney Brian Rubin, the founder of Rubin Law, a former IRS Agent and former IRS Estate Tax Attorney, has been a practicing attorney in private practice since 1978. He is the parent of three children, one of whom, Mitchell, has Autism. Brian’s law practice, since 1982, when Mitchell was one year old, has been dedicated to serving the legal and future planning needs of his fellow families of children and adults with intellectual disabili-ties, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness. Brian has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and has received the Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rating. He is President (2017-2018) of the Special Needs Alliance, the national, non-profit, association of experienced special needs planning attorneys (membership is by invitation only), served on the Special Needs Law Section Steering Committee, of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, was a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and is a Faculty Member and Text Book Author for the Illinois Insti-tute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) on the topic of special needs legal and future planning. Brian is a Past Chairman of the State of Illinois Statewide Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities, Immediate Past Chairman of the State of Illinois Autism Task Force (2005-2015) established by the Illinois Legislature in 2005, serves as a member of the State of Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, served on the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General Quality Care Board, among many other State of Illinois Committees and Commissions. Brian is the Immediate Past President of The Arc of Illinois; has been a member of the Board of Directors of Clearbrook (an organization serving more than 8,000 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including his son, Mitchell) since 1989, is Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Special Leisure Services Foundation, the foundation supporting the Northwest Suburban Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), served as the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation of The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL Foundation), served on the Board of Directors of KESHET (Jewish Parents of Children with Special Needs), serves on the Advisory Council of Encompass (Encompass in partnership with Jewish Child & Family Services, Jewish United Fund, JVS Chicago, JCC Chicago, Keshet, and The Center for Enriched Living and Center for Independent Futures, seeks to provide adults with I/DD a full array of financially sustainable, community-based services and sup-ports), served on the Board of Directors of Pact, Inc., now known as DayOne Pact, the Independent Service Coordination Agent for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities living in DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties Illinois, as well as serves as Trustee of Special Needs Trusts, and serves as Guardian, and served on the Board of Directors of Northpointe Resources, also an agency serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Brian feels the tremendous responsibility of not only being the parent of a child with special needs, but also as an attorney with the knowledge and ability to assist others in the appropri-ate special needs legal and future planning needed to secure the future of children and adults with special needs.
Sherri Schneider, QIDP
For over thirty years, Sherri Schneider, President of Family Benefit Solutions, Inc., and the mother of a child with some special needs, has been tirelessly dedicated to helping individuals with special needs and their families. Her career began as a social worker In a CILA (Group Home), where she helped those with developmental disabilities and mental Illnesses acquire the government benefits they so desperately needed, including SSI, Medicaid and food stamps. She also launched one of the first CLF facilities funded under a Medicaid waiver. As her career flourished, she supervised personnel in Illinois, Missouri and Nevada to assist hospitalized patients apply for and obtain the government benefits for which they appeared eligible, with a strong emphasis on Social Security (Title 2), community and long-term care Medicaid. She now meets with families to thoroughly assess their situations and pursue appropriate benefit assistance programs by personally guiding them through the application process. Due to her vast experience, she has skillfully established and maintained open, productive relationships with government agencies involved in the entire decision making process. Sherri is a member of the Faculty of The Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She is also The Arc of Illinois Board Vice-President. Professionals and families find her seminars to be invaluable as they attempt to navigate the government benefit arena.
Benjamin Rubin, J.D., L.L.M
Attorney Benjamin (Benji) Rubin, Brian’s youngest son, Mitchell’s “little/big” brother, has been a member of the Law Firm since 2010. Benji graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law, Magna Cum Laude, received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and his Graduate Law Degree, an LLM (Tax), from Northwestern University. Benji is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, a member, by invitation, of the Special Needs Alliance (the national not for profit association of special needs planning attorneys with membership by invitation only), is Chairman of the American Bar Association Special Needs Planning Committee, serves as the President of SIBS (Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters), the Illinois chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network, an organization of adult siblings of individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and/or mental illness. Benji is a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of Illinois, is a member of the Clearbrook Associate Board, an organization serving more than 8,000 individuals with disabilities, including his brother, Mitchell, serves on the Board of Directors of DayOne PACT, the Independent Service Coordination Agent for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities living in DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties Illinois, as well as serves as Trustee of Special Needs Trusts, and serves as Guardian, serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL Foundation), serves on the Advisory Council of Encompass (Encompass in partnership with Jewish Child & Family Services, Jewish United Fund, JVS Chicago, JCC Chicago, Keshet, and The Center for Enriched Living and Center for Independent Futures, seeks to provide adults with I/DD a full array of financially sustainable, community-based services and supports). Benji is also a Faculty Member for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) on the topic of special needs planning. Having Mitchell as a brother profoundly shaped who Benji is today, and thus the type of law he chose to practice. His personal experiences as a sibling offer a unique perspective into the responsibilities that come with caring for a sibling with special needs. Now, as an adult, those sometimes present and future responsibilities regarding his brother’s care are a concern that he shares with all brothers and sisters of individuals with special needs. Now as an adult, those sometimes present and future responsibilities he has regarding his brother’s care are a concern that he shares with all brothers and sisters of individuals with special