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November 2017 Community Involvement

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November 2017 Community Involvement

November 28th, 2017 by

Liner Legal November 2017 Community Involvement

Liner Legal would not be where we are today without our community, which is why we take any chance to get involved and give back. Check out what we are participating in, as well as how you can join!

Toast of the Town – Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

November 2017 Community InvolvementOn November 18, Liner Legal sponsored the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation – Northeast Ohio Chapter’s Toast of the Town event at the Ariel International Center. This is the 5th year for the wine-related fundraiser, and this year had the mission of “Giving Thanks for Finding a Cure.” Although families have their own Thanksgiving and holiday traditions, the Crohn’s & Colitis started a tradition of getting the community together to be thankful that a cure for IBD is not very far away.

Volunteering at the Community Assessment & Treatment Services

November 2017 Community InvolvementAttorney Michael Liner volunteered at the Community Assessment & Treatment Services (CATS) treatment facility on Thanksgiving. Liner Legal is thankful for any opportunity we get to give back to our incredible community.

The Lupus Foundation of America – Greater Ohio Chapter’s 40th Anniversary

November 2017 Community InvolvementThe Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter is celebrating their 40th Anniversary! As part of their celebration, the chapter is holding a 40-day fundraiser until Dec. 10 in hopes to raise $40,000! They are accepting donations in increments of $4, $40, as well as $400. All of the funds will go directly to lupus research. Furthermore, for more information check out their Facebook page or call 1(888)-NO-LUPUS!

Epilepsy Association’s 2018 Winter Walk

November 2017 Community InvolvementThe Epilepsy Association’s 2018 Winter Walk will be held on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 from 8:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. at SouthPark Mall in Strongsville. Additionally, each year the Winter Walk headlines a Featured Family and nominates them for their commitment and courage in coping with epilepsy. The Walk is a fun, indoor walk with entertainment, raffles, door prizes, give-a-ways and many family-friendly activities. Registration, as well as fundraising began in mid-October. For more info go to their website.

 

How Youth Challenge is Empowering the Community

October 24th, 2017 by

Community Spotlight: Youth Challenge

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Attorney Andrew November, as well as Laura Gold, an Advocacy & Disability Rights Coordinator, presented to Youth Challenge (YC) about their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on October 4. YC is an organization that provides sporting, artistic, and recreational opportunities to children and young adults who have physical disabilities.

“Andrew and Laura vividly captured the essence of the ADA as a Civil Rights movement. The young people from YC who were in attendance grasped the basic titles of the law and now have a better understanding of their rights and where to find resources going forward,” said Chris Garr, Director of Program Services for Youth Challenge.

Youth Challenge serves about 200 children and young adults with physical disabilities annually. In addition, there are over 500 teen volunteers and 400 programs each year. Garr says how having the opportunity to empower youth is one of the most rewarding aspects of  his involvement with the organization.

Youth Challenge is also an active member of ADA Cleveland. A part of their mission is to educate participants and volunteers on the importance of advocacy; as well as a responsibility to ensure the fulfillment of the ADA.

Contact Chris Garr at 440-892-1001 ext. 20 and cgarr@youthchallengesports.com for participation involvement; in addition, contact Sarah Perez-Stable at sperez-stable@youthchallengesports.com for volunteer opportunities.

800 Sharon Dr, Westlake, OH 44145, (440)-892-1001

In the Community: September 2017

September 26th, 2017 by

Our firm is not only dedicated to helping our clients, but also to getting involved in our community. Here are the events we participated in, currently support, or are going to be involved with in the nearby future.

NOSSCR Presentation

Attorneys Michael Liner and Andrew November traveled to Scottsdale, AZ for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. They presented with Dr. Mehle on how to handle hearing (ear) issues with Social Security disability claims.

Speaking with Charak Center

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Early in September, attorney Michael Liner, spoke to the staff of Charak Center. He spoke about how their case managers and medical providers can better assist patients and clients who are seeking disability benefits. Meeting with healthcare, as well as community organizations presents an opportunity to work together. This collaboration ensures clients receive the best resources.

Community Tuesday

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Attorney, Andrew November, held a discussion on Social Security disability and consumer rights at the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center. He focused on topics such as the Trial Work Period and Substantial Gainful Activity. This Community Tuesday session was held during Deaf Awareness Week, which occurred in Cleveland from Sept. 18 – 24. The discussion on Sept. 19 allowed Liner Legal to share helpful information and programs with the public.

Cleveland Walk to End Lupus Now!

On Saturday, September 23, Liner Legal participated as a sponsor in Cleveland’s Walk to End Lupus Now! It was a beautiful day to walk a mile or 5k trail, and help raise awareness and advocate for lupus.

 

Visit Us at the WRAAA Expo

On Friday, October 27, Liner Legal will be at Great Northern Mall from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. This is part of the Senior Wellness Expos, hosted by the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging.

Epilepsy Association Gala

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The Epilepsy Association is hosting its 26th Annual Gala at the Marriott Downtown. The event is at Key Center on Friday, November 3rd from 6:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. This event is held each November in recognition of Epilepsy Awareness month.

Proceeds from the Gala will support the local programs of the Epilepsy Association. Proceeds will also support direct, community-based social services for children, families, and adults affected by epilepsy. Liner Legal is proud to support the Epilepsy Association and its initiatives.

To sponsor or buy tickets call Tiffany at (216) 579-1330 or go here: http://epilepsyinfo.org/html/gala.html.

LEAP Nursing Home Transitions

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Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential (LEAP) is a Northeast Ohio disability-services agency that has reached a significant milestone in the area of nursing home transition services by moving more than 300 persons with disabilities from nursing homes back to community-based housing. LEAP began offering nursing home transition services in 2009 after becoming an Ohio Home Choice service provider. Established in 2008 with the goal of transitioning 2,000 Ohioans annually, the Home Choice program has become a national leader in moving people back home from long-term care facilities.

Home Choice Program

In addition to helping people with disabilities achieve a greater measure of independence, the Home Choice program also saves Ohio taxpayers an average of $22,900 per person per year by avoiding higher nursing home costs. Many individuals with disabilities end up unnecessarily in nursing homes, often after a traumatic life event such as a stroke, protracted illness, or debilitating accident. Their resulting long hospital and rehabilitation stays can sometimes cause the loss of employment, existing housing and support systems, leaving people with no place to turn beyond remaining in a long-term care facility.

The nursing home transition services provided by LEAP start with a variety of assessments to determine whether or not someone can truly thrive in community-based housing. Additional steps include helping to search for an appropriate new residence, arranging for needed in-home health and other support services, and furnishing the new housing using a modest, state-provided allowance. LEAP services typically continue for up to 90 days after move-in, and consist of home visits and additional resource location, depending on each person’s unique needs. “LEAP is committed to standing by each person as they decide for themselves where and how they want to live” said Kelley Clarett, Independent Living Specialist with LEAP. “It’s a very personal journey back home for each individual.”

For more information visit their website at www.leapinfo.org or call their office at 216-696-2716.

Cleveland Clinic and Akron General Health Fair

September 22nd, 2017 by

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Your health is a priority, but it sometimes takes a back seat when you have a full-time job, a family and other responsibilities. The Cleveland Clinic and Akron General are hosting a weekend event that makes checking on your health an easier option. Join the public at a health fair that is accessible to you and the rest of your family.

 

Health Fair

The Cleveland Clinic and Akron General are hosting a free health fair for the community in order to support healthier lifestyles. The Wellness Fair is on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. The event is free of charge.

The community can partake in a variety of health and wellness information tables, screenings for blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), total cholesterol and blood glucose, vision and more. There are activities for both children and adults, and raffles to participate in. In addition, those who go to the wellness fair can meet and experience one-on-one time with Cleveland Clinic and Akron General physicians.

Make sure to stop by this Wellness Fair, which is located at the Health & Wellness Center, Green. For more information on the event, visit Akron General’s website.

Event Details

Date and Time: Saturday, September 30 at 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Address: 1940 Town Park Boulevard Uniontown, Ohio 44685

Cleveland Deaf Awareness Week 2017

September 13th, 2017 by

Deaf Awareness Week: September 18 – 24

Hearing loss is the second most prevalent health issue globally, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. It is an important culture to advocate for and bring awareness to. Deaf Awareness Week will take place in Cleveland from Monday, September 18 to Sunday, September 23. This week is an opportunity for increasing public awareness of the Deaf culture, and the issues they face. The events hosted throughout the week, by the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center’s Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, are chances to bring individuals together as a community.

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Monday, September 18:

Starting off Deaf Awareness Week is a Deaf Town Hall. This is an opportunity for Deaf individuals to discuss issues they’re facing in the community, and how those issues can be resolved. The Town Hall starts at 6:00 pm. Register by Friday, Sept. 15 to attend.

11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 Location: Room 140 

Tuesday, September 19:

Join the community for a free discussion at 1:00 pm on updates about social security and consumer rights, as well as debt collection rights! Interpreters will be provided. Emily White, a former lawyer from Disability Rights Ohio and Andrew November, one of our attorneys from Liner Legal, will be there to lead the discussion. Afterwards, the public can speak with each person privately if they have any further questions. Register by Monday, Sept. 18 to join in on the discussion.

11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106 Location: Room 140

Later in the day, stop by Happy Dog for the “So You Think You Can Sign?” event, starting at 6:00 pm! Show off your ASL in any form ranging from the ABCs to storytelling! Register for this free event that is open to the public by Sept. 15.

11625 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

Thursday, September 21:

Take a day off from cooking and indulge in one of many delicious grilled cheeses that Melt has to offer! From 11:00 am – 10:00 pm stop by Melt Bar & Grilled, mingle with the Deaf community and help fundraise. Any purchase of food, drinks or merchandise benefits the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Bring this flyer to have 20% of your order donated to the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center.

6700 Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131 

Friday, September 22:

Who can resist a drive-in movie? Bring the entire family to Deaf Movie Night starting at 8:00 pm, and watch some great movies with open captioning! RSVP by Thursday Sept. 21. Tickets are $10 for anyone 12 or older, and $5 for 11 and younger. Kids 3 or younger get in for free!

Aut-O-Rama Drive In: 33395 Lorain Rd., North Ridgeville, OH 44039 

Saturday, September 23:

Take a trip to the zoo next weekend to see the animals and increase awareness of the Deaf culture! Your day at the zoo starts at 10:30 am and goes until 5:00 pm. If you’ve sent your RSVP for the event, you pick up your free tickets with the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to sign in.

Ticket Pickup Location: 11635 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106

Zoo Location: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109 

The fun doesn’t stop there. Join in on a Game Night at the Cleveland Association for the Deaf! Entry is free but each game is $10. RSVP to the event by Thursday, Sept. 21.

10416 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44111

Sunday, September 24:

As a perfect way to end Deaf Awareness Week, the first open captioned performance of Shakespeare in Love starts this Sunday! The play is at the Allen Theater at Playhouse Square and starts at 2:30 pm. Tickets for this show are discounted to $20 with the promotional code “OPEN”. If you can come early, join in on a pre-show reception from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, with a cash bar in the lobby of the theater.

Here are further instructions to get tickets for this event.

1407 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115

Get Involved in the Cleveland Walk to End Lupus Now

September 12th, 2017 by

Walk to End Lupus Now

It is estimated that 1.5 million Americans have some form of lupus, according to the Lupus Foundation of America. There is currently no cure for this chronic autoimmune disease. However, you can take action today. Join Liner Legal in spreading awareness and raising money to find a cure by participating in the Cleveland Walk to End Lupus Now.

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Liner Legal is proud to be a sponsor of the Cleveland Walk to End Lupus Now, which brings the community together for a great cause. To participate in the event, each person must donate a minimum of $20. Funds raised during the Walk to End Lupus help bring programs and services to the Cleveland area. The money raised also funds research to find a cure for lupus.

Grab your pair of walking shoes and register for the event today! Visit the Lupus Foundation of America’s website for more information, as well as to register or donate to the event. The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, is hosting the walk.

Event Details

The walk is on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The address is Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, 2014 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH 44113.

How do We Help People with Lupus?

Our Cleveland Disability Lawyers have years of experience providing effective and dedicated legal services to individuals with lupus and other autoimmune conditions. For more information on your employee rights and your eligibility for Social Security disability with lupus contact us today at 216-282-1773 or fill out a contact form.

Request More Lupus Information

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Charak Center Hosts Mental Health Care Block Party

September 8th, 2017 by

In a world where every topic or question is searchable on the Internet, it is rare to find events where a community can discover answers to their questions or find resources face-to-face with an expert in a particular field. The Charak Center for Health and Wellness is bridging that gap. The center is hosting a Mental Health Care Block Party, which is open for anyone.

Mental Health Care Block Party

The event is tomorrow, September 9 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. The block party is free to the public, and people can join the Charak Center for free food, games, and music. The opportunities do not stop there. The event is also a chance for the community to learn about resources and services that the health and wellness center provides. At the Mental Health Care Block Party you will find:

  • Tips on how to manage your mental health and home health care affordably;
  • Help with signing up for appropriate insurance;
  • The opportunity to interview immediately for available jobs in home health positions. These include RNs, LPNs, STNAS, and Home Health Aides;
  • Answers to questions about addiction, mental and home health care for you or your loved ones.

Don’t miss your opportunity to inquire about insurance, have a chance at a job opportunity, or receive valued answers to any questions that you may have.

The address of the block party is 12395 McCracken Road, Garfield Heights.

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The Charak Center for Health and Wellness is a center that assists patients with mental health services. The center also provides services for addiction recovery. The organization also includes the Charak Home Health Care, as well as the Charak Clinical Research Center. It is a one-stop shop for a variety of needs that patients may experience.

Ohio Department of Education Announces Special Education Update

August 25th, 2017 by

Ohio Special Education Update

School is officially back in session for the 2017 – 2018 school year! Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Education sent out an update for special education. There is a new publication for parents of children who receive special education services. The new 33-page piece of literature is titled, “A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education.” It is available in 11 languages, as well as braille. This guide replaces the former guide known as “Whose IDEA Is This?” Parents should not use the previous publication because it contains outdated information.

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In addition to the updated special education guide, the Ohio Department of Education also said that Ohio is one of 34 states receiving a 2017 determination of “Needs Assistance.” This is Ohio’s third year having this status. Ohio specifically needs assistance with implementing Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which establishes educational requirements for children with disabilities from ages 3 to 21.

What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) passed in 1975 “is a federal law that requires schools to serve the education needs of eligible students with disabilities.” The act states that schools are required to find and evaluate students who may have a disability. This does not cost anything for parents. The act also allows parents to have a voice in their child’s education.

IDEA covers 13 different categories of disabilities. These include:

• Autism
• Deaf-blindness
• Deafness
• Emotional disturbances
• Hearing impairments
• Intellectual disabilities
• Multiple disabilities
• Orthopedic impairments
• Other health impairments (such as ADHD)
• Specific learning disabilities (such as dyslexia)
• Speech or language impairments
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Visual impairments

Under IDEA, either the parent or the school can request an evaluation for a student to determine if they have a disability. If they are found to have a disability falling in one of the 13 categories, they are then set up with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). An IEP is a legal document detailing the services their school will provide to a student in order for them to achieve their educational goals.

Continue to stay up to date with any educational changes for Ohio by visiting the Ohio Department of Education’s website. In addition, if you or your child needs legal assistance with discrimination cases, contact our office. Call us at 216-282-1773 for a free consultation.

Free Health and Wellness Show Near Akron

August 2nd, 2017 by

When you have a busy schedule, it can be hard to find the time to meet with all of the professionals who can get you back on track with your health and wellness goals. PMA Shows wants to help make this process easier for you by holding an event focused on health and wellness.

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Health and Wellness Show

PMA Shows is hosting a Health and Wellness Show for the community at Summit Mall on Saturday, August 12 from 10:00 am – 4:00 p.m. Admission for the event is free, and the first 100 consumers to stop by the show’s tables will receive a free grab bag, which are also reusable totes.

Over 35 vendors will be at the event, including those focused on women’s health, chiropractors, and holistic experts. Individuals can stop by and talk with local professionals regarding their health, beauty, and physical fitness goals. Previous vendors that attended the Health and Wellness Show were:

  • Advanced Spine and Joint Wellness Center;
  • Brumbaugh Chiropractic LLC;
  • CNC; and
  • Sand Run Pharmacy

Tickets for the event are free, but people can register for the event on Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/health-wellness-show-tickets-35674041017?aff=efbeventtix

The address of the event is 3265 West Market Street Fairlawn, Ohio 44333. This Health and Wellness Show is only a short drive from Akron and other neighboring cities. For more information contact PMA Shows at 216-233-6467 or visit their website at http://pmashows.com/site/health-wellness-show

Make sure to take a moment for yourself and stop by the Health and Wellness Show.

How Liner Legal Can Help

Additionally, if you or someone you know is in the Akron area and needs assistance with Social Security disability benefits, long-term disability, or Deaf advocacy don’t hesitate to contact our firm today. Call our office at 216-282-1773 for a free consultation Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Liner Legal, LLC handles cases in Akron, as well as Cleveland, Canton, Youngstown and Sandusky.

Read Liner Legal’s August 2017 Newsletter

August 1st, 2017 by

Monthly Newsletter – August 2017

You can also click here for a downloadable PDF version of the August 2017 newsletter.

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