The National Special Needs Network has always prided itself on being apolitical. We serve everyone, regardless of color, gender, faith, political affiliation, or other distinction.
Years ago, a potential client called. After a brief introduction, he explained that he would not work with me “if I’d voted for Obama.” I politely sent him on his way. More recently, the same thing happened again, only the caller was objecting to Trump. Again, I sent him on his way. When you are hiring this Firm you are hiring this Firm, and this Firm has no political stance, regardless of who works here.
We are increasingly concerned however, not about this Administration’s politics, but by it’s policies. There has been talk and increasing action to roll back the protections of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The reintroduction of “preexisting conditions” to the insurance industry will severely impact our chief clientele, the Disabled. Reductions in programs like Medicare and Medicaid and Food Stamps will likely impoverish our most vulnerable clients and render them less able to access the services they need to have any quality of life. Discussion of paring down Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and even Social Security payments themselves will definitely injure people all across the political spectrum.
It is the thoughtlessness, the pell-mell, helter-skelter nature, the impulsiveness, of these decisions that alarm us here at NSNN. As a Firm, we have begun to fear that our Civil Rights, won with such sacrifice, will be under constant and increasingly irrational attack.
We grow more concerned daily that longstanding legal precedents on issues of Women’s Rights, Equality in Public Accommodations, and the Sanctity and Privacy of Marriage Between Consenting Adults will be gnawed away, slowly but inexorably.
This Firm’s official position on these issues is that Civil Rights belong to everyone.
If you feel that you are at risk of having your rights and your quality of life reduced, if you feel that you are in an at-risk population, then we implore you to get your legal affairs in order. If you have been seriously considering it, now is the time to marry your partners, adopt the children, sign the property deeds, get the Wills and Powers of Attorney signed, and do whatever else you need to do to anchor your legal rights in place. Now is the time to apply for those benefits you have been considering.
We stand ready to assist you with any of these needs to the best extent we are able. This is not a business solicitation. This is our promise that we are willing to stand with you to preserve your rights and your entitlements.
If you need help, contact us and we can discuss the details amongst ourselves. Do your part. Stand up for yourselves, and the National Special Needs Network will be standing with you.
Let us celebrate our independence together.
Jeffrey H. Minde, Esq.
Jeffrey H. Minde, Esq.
For the National Special Needs Network Inc.
July 4, 2018