PLAN/NJ Honors Advocates for the Differently Abled
Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 - On April 12, PLAN/NJ hosted a special event celebrating those who work on behalf of differently abled individuals.
The event took place at the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, N.J., and was organized by Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of New Jersey (PLAN/NJ). The organization works to help families with loved ones who have mental challenges or other disabilities to plan for the future by providing financial and social services.
“The work that PLAN/NJ does is so important, and Begley Law Group is honored to be able to help make this happen,” said Susan M. Green, a New Jersey estate planning attorney with the firm. “Begley Law Group assists many families with life care planning for differently abled individuals, and we often work with PLAN/NJ in setting up special needs trusts and guardianships.” Begley Law Group was a sponsor of the event.
The event, called “Honoring Our Advocates,” celebrated Alice Hunnicutt, the Director of the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services; Sarah Mitchell, the former CEO of Disability Rights New Jersey, and Donna Icovino, a parent advocate and Co-Chair of the Department of Human Services Dual Diagnosis Task Force.
Also honored at the event were self-advocates, individuals with disabilities who have overcome obstacles to become active and prospering members of society. Attendees were also treated to a performance of the award-winning play “The Last Five Years.”
PLAN/NJ’s vision is for individuals with disabilities to be secure in their home and their finances, to have the opportunity for education, employment, and participation in the community, and to have personal power in their own lives, as well as an advocate to protect them from neglect and abuse.
“We at Begley Law Group share the vision of PLAN/NJ and we are proud to assist differently abled individuals and their families with important life planning decisions,” said Green.
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