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Planning the Future:

Kathryn Craven, P.C.
Attorney and Counselor at Law. Very strong advocate for those with disabilities. Very knowledgable about those with disabilities, the services and resources avaiable as well as well versed with Special Needs Trust and Wills to protect the benefits for those elegible for SSI, SSDI and Social Security.
1518 8th Avenue
Fort Worth, Texas 76104
Phone: (817) 923-5557
Fax: (817) 922-9234
E-mail: kcraven@kcravenlaw.com


Future Planning Handbook for Persons with Disabilities
Website: http://www.thearc.org/publications/futureplanninghandbook.doc


Marty Skinner, LMSW-ACP, ACSW
Program Director - MR Community Outreach (was MHMR of Tarrant County- Essential Services)
1300 Circle Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76119
Phone: (817) 569-4016
Fax: (817) 569-5474
E-mail: Martha Skinner

Lifepath Systems/Mental Retardation Services Collin County
Mary Fredericks, M.S.
PO Box 828
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: 972-727-9133 Allen, TX
E-mail: Mary Fredericks
Crisis Line: 866-260-8000

To add an individual with disabilities to the CLASS list so they may eventually receive HCS (Home and Community-based Services) funding.
Telephone: (877) 438-5658


How to qualify for a disability:
Website: www.socialsecurity.gov/dibplan/dqualify.htm


How to apply for a disability:
Website: www.socialsecurity.gov/dibplan/dapply.htm


North Texas SNAP, Inc.
Special Needs Assistance Partners
A group of parents and young people working together on the issues that face those families with special needs. Monthly meetings provide education and advocacy with emphasis on social, recreational, educational, housing and transportation opportunities issues. Social opportunities throughout the year.
Martha Kate and Kate Downey, members
Rita Goodner, President
P.O. Box 3294
Grapevine, TX 76051
Phone : 817-227-8067 or 817-481-6522
E-mail: ,ntxsnap@mail.com
Website: www.NTXSNAP.homestead.com


What Happens Next?
The Arc of Greater Tarrant County sponsor this group. They meet monthly and discuss issues pertinant to young adults with exceptional challenges.
1300 W. Lancaster Ave. Suite 104 (located on the 1st floor inside the Child Study Center
Fort Worth, TX 76102
Phone:817-877-1474
Fax:301-657-0869
Website: www.arcgtc.org


DIAL (Developing Independent Adult Living)
A support group for families of young people who will need special help and support in adulthood. The organization is working to provide appropriate housing and assistance for people with special needs.
Marty Ringler, President
Fort Worth, TX
USA
Phone: 1 (817) 921-0033
E-mail: martyringler@aol.com


Access 4 Me
An international network of information, awareness and support.
This website and service is an innovative matching service providing information, resources and member added content: connect with others, exchange information and share your knowledge.
Visit this site to add your information and resources to the network.
Rob Davies, future planning for those with disabilities or are aging.
E-mail: rob@access4me.org
Website: www.access4me.org


Fran Mendelsohn, CLTC, CSA
MetDESK®, MetLife’s Division of Estate Planning for Special Kids
Certified Long Term Care Advisor
Certified Senior Advisor
Local Office: 4412 Altamesa Blvd.
Fort Worth TX 76133
Phone: 817-292-6760
Fax: 817-292-6793
E-mail: fmendelsohn@metlife.com


Tarrant Co. MHMR
Margerett Roberts, SWA, Benefits Eligibility Specialist
1300 Circle Drive
Fort Worth, TX
Phone: (817) 569-4141
Fax: (817) 569-5474






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