A section of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities who are involved in programs or activities that receive federal money. Settings in which Section 504 protections apply include education and employment.
The U.S. Supreme Court case in which the Court held that family members could not refuse life-sustaining medical treatment -- such as a feeding tube -- on behalf of incompetent patients, absent clear and convincing evidence that the refusal was in accordance with the patients' wishes.
- Full text: Cruzan v. Missouri Department of Health (Nolo)
A trust designed to hold and disburse property for the benefit of an SSI recipient so that SSI and Medicaid won't consider the trust property or disbursements to be a resource or income. To accomplish this purpose, the trust typically gives the trustee sole discretion over trust disbursements and bars the trustee from making disbursements that would impair the beneficiarys eligibility for SSI and Medicaid. In addition, the trust must be for the beneficiarys sole benefit and bar creditors from going after trust assets. A special needs trust funded with the beneficiarys own property (a self-settled trust) is subject to additional restrictions. Also called a supplemental needs trust.
The needs of a person with disabilities for things and services other than food and shelter, which SSI provides.
A place of employment designed and managed to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.
A physical or mental disability that indefinitely impairs a worker's ability to perform the duties or normal activities that the worker performed before the accident or serious illness.
The result of an injury that permanently reduces a worker's ability to function, but still permits the worker to do some gainful activity.
1) An outdated term for employer. Sometimes, "master and servant" law is used to refer to the field of employment law. 2) A person appointed by a court to assist with particular issues or proceedings in a case. For example, the master might hear testimony, conduct an investigation, or reach decisions on limited issues in a case. Also referred to as a "special master."