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State Bar of Texas
Feb. 9, 2012

Contact:  Kim Davey, kdavey@texasbar.com, 800.204.2222 x 1713 or 512.427.1713

TYLA to Answer Legal Questions from Families with Special Needs Children at Special Olympics

AUSTIN – The Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) is headed to the Special Olympics Texas Winter Games Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11 in Austin, where attorney volunteers will be available to answer questions for families on wide-ranging legal topics to assist them in caring and providing for special needs children.

Under the leadership of TYLA President Natalie Cobb Koehler, TYLA has produced “Peace of Mind:  A Guide to Supporting Special Kids with Special Needs,” one of the many resources that will be available.

Prepared as a public service, “Peace of Mind” is a comprehensive booklet designed to educate families about the need to protect and secure the future of their child. It covers disability rights, housing laws, employment and labor laws, legal options for financial and estate planning, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid, and additional resources for families about the need to protect and secure the future of their special needs child.

“Special needs children often face many hurdles throughout life, and their families are with them the entire way,” said Lacy Durham of Dallas, vice chair of TYLA’s Family Law, Children’s Rights & Seniors Outreach Committee. “Families will have to make a wide array of decisions and it is imperative to consider all options to ensure that the choices made are right and in the best interest of the special needs child.”

“Peace of Mind” is available at tyla.org or by calling 512.427.1529.

TYLA, widely recognized as the public service arm of the State Bar of Texas, develops programs designed to assist Texas attorneys in the practice of law and provides legal education to Texans as a public service. TYLA’s main purposes are to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. All licensed Texas attorneys who are 36 years old or younger or who are in their first five years of licensure regardless of age, are automatically members of TYLA.