The Practice | Global Disability Cause Lawyering

Jennifer E. Engen

Disability cause lawyers have long played an important role in the global disability rights movement. Some scholars have defined disability cause lawyers as lawyers who spend a significant amount of their professional time designing and bringing cases that seek to benefit various categories of people with disabilities and who have […]

Defining The Disability Economy (Part I)

Jennifer E. Engen

Malcolm Gladwell’s popularizing of the idea of “Desirable Difficulty” helps to frame the concept of … [+] the modern Disability Economy within the daily business conversation (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images) Getty Images Throughout numerous articles, Mindset Matters has referred to the term Disability Economy to represent a larger vision […]

Artificial Intelligence Tools in Employment: The EEOC is Watching Too | Moore & Van Allen PLLC

Jennifer E. Engen

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is tasked with administrative enforcement of a variety of employment discrimination laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended  (the “ADAAA”).  The ADAAA prohibits discrimination against job applicants and employees based on “disabilities”, generally defined as a physical or mental impairment that […]

Protecting Government Benefits Using Supplemental Needs Trusts | Harris Beach PLLC

Jennifer E. Engen

For disabled persons receiving financially-based government benefits, supplemental needs trusts (“SNTs”) can safeguard benefits and serve as an effective estate planning tool. SNTs allow individuals with disabilities to retain funds received from an inheritance or gift without eliminating or reducing any government benefits that they may be receiving, typically, Medicaid or […]

Disability Insurance Definition

Jennifer E. Engen

What Is Disability Insurance? As its name suggests, disability insurance is a type of insurance product that provides income in the event that a policyholder is prevented from working and earning an income due to a disability. In the United States, individuals can obtain disability insurance from the government through […]