Disability Awareness
Speaker Series

Presented by Lift Disability Network
2020 Spring Dates: February 6th, March 5th, April 2nd
6:30 – 9:00 PM
at The Summit Church
927 E. Terra Ln, O’Fallon MO 63366

This spring, Lift Disability Network will continue to partner with local organizations that are great resources for the disability community. Each night of the speaker series, Lift has invited 3 speakers to share information about their organization and how it can benefit you and your family.

All family members are welcome to attend these events – we will have a Quiet Room available as well as volunteers to supervise younger children and those who are unable to sit through the presentation.


Beck & Lenox Estate Planning & Elder Law –  Jay Lenox, an estate planning attorney for over 28 years, knows the importance of having the proper legal documents in place that serve the best interests of an individual living with a disability.  That individual may be capable of making independent decisions, or may need the assistance of family members or a trusted friend for medical or financial decisions.  One important goal of any estate planning in a disability situation is to do nothing that could risk that individual’s eligibility for government funds or programs.  Jay will cover the typical estate planning tools used such as Power of Attorney documents, Guardianships, Wills, and Trusts, including a Special Needs Trust.

Sandy Weitkamp – Sandy Weitkamp came to the Skills Center with 25 years of experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for St. Charles and St. Louis Counties. She has vast knowledge of Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and Ticket to Work funding and is one of the leading disability benefits experts in the region.

Sandy serves as a community resource for Skills Center students and other community members who need benefits analysis as they are making important life decisions. The St. Charles Developmental Disabilities Resource Board generously funds her position.

Social Security – Learn about Social Security benefits for adults and children with disabilities – what benefits are available, criteria to receive benefits, and how to apply.  You will learn the difference between SSI and SSIE.

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