Clancy & Associates Ltd. is Illinois's only full-service special needs planning law firm dedicated to supporting individuals with special needs and their families. Our mission is to help families protect and empower their loved ones with a disability through streamlined, comprehensive planning. We use our innovative full-service approach to both identify opportunities and secure solutions and benefits for our clients at our Firm. We “keep watch” for families so they can attend to the daily priorities of their loved one’s life and leave the legal planning to us.

In this newsletter, meet our Paralegal Heather Aincham, learn about our Transition Plan Checkups, 2022 SSI increases and much more!
Welcome to the November Newsletter!
Featured News
The Transition Plan Checklist
Parents never stop worrying that they may have missed a critical deadline or opportunity for their child in the complicated world of special needs planning. To help parents resolve their worries about the path to adulthood, we offer Transition Planning Services to secure government benefits, guardianship, and education/programming consultation services. Read More
SSI - Biggest Jump in Monthly Checks in 40 years. How to prepare
People who collect Social Security are about to see bigger checks. The cost-of-living adjustment in 2022 will be 5.9%, according to the Social Security Administration. The bump, which will help beneficiaries keep up with rising costs due to inflation, is the largest increase in about 40 years. Read More
Pritzker Aims to End Subminimum Wage for Disabled Workers in IL
Gov. Pritzker signed an executive order on Oct. 4 that prevents companies contracting with the state from paying disabled workers less than minimum wage. The governor hopes that his effort will encourage federal lawmakers to follow suit. Read More
College is NOW an option for all!
If the start of the school year 2021-22 is any indication, the opportunities for students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) to attend college will continue to expand. Currently, there are 310 (compared to 260 in 2019) higher education programs in 49 states offered. Read this special edition article from "Parenting Special Needs" to learn more. 
Around the Office
Meet Heather A. Aincham, Paralegal
Meet our new Paralegal Heather A. Aincham. Heather brings over 20 years’ experience in the legal field as a Paralegal and is also the parent of three children, one of whom has Down syndrome.
Read more about Heather in her biography.
Upcoming Events

November 18, 2021

C&A is proud to be a panelist at Ray Graham's presentation "Navigating the Complex Delivery System: Where Do We Start?" This event will be virtual from 5p.m. to 7p.m.

IAASE Presentation

C&A was honored to present "Legal Issues in Effective Transition Planning" to the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE).

Oct. 13, 2021 Recording

Did you miss the Legal and Financial Planning for the Special Needs Family webinar we presented on Oct.13? If so, you can view the recording here.
Be sure to check out our Events Page regularly for more fall events.
In the Community
Resources We Value...
The team from Helping Hand joined us for an office Lunch & Learn to share the range of services they provide to our special needs community. In addition to behavioral health services and a therapeutic day school, Helping Hand also provides day programming, job services, and residential living. View the Helping Hands website for more information.
Planning for individuals with special needs and their families.