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Group Legal Plans

  • Based on a Metlife survey, "60% of employees enrolled in a legal plan said that they feel prepared to handle unforeseen legal events." Only 39% of employees without one report feeling the same way.
  • Powers of attorneys (21%), wills and codicils (14%), living wills (12%), trusts (7%), and deeds (6%) are the 'most utilized services' by employees enrolled in group legal plans.
  • Elder-care is one of the features provided in a group legal plan. MetLaw Plus Parents is a group legal plan that "covers the [aging] parents of legal plan members for a wide range of common legal issues."
  • Domestic adoption-related issues are now covered in a group legal plan. Parents can seek professional guidance when adopting.
  • While there's room for growth, the interest in group legal plans has risen over the years. This is evidenced by its use in over 2,000 companies in several US industries. PepsiCo, American Airlines, and KPMG are some of the companies making use of it.
  • Employee enrollment in group legal plans "tends to grow yearly as satisfied employees discuss the benefit with co-workers."
  • Most group legal plans are divided into four kinds: document provider, discount legal plan, employee assistance program, and legal insurance plans. However, Hyatt legal plans combines all 4 into one making them the most renowned group legal plan.
  • New features and technology being offered in group legal plans include TransPerfect Connect; a translation service with over 100 languages that makes it possible for members to talk to professionals in advance. The self-help library offered by Hyatt is another one that 'allows members to handle simple legal-issues.'

Groups Challenging the US Education System

  • The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is an organization based in California, with a mission to "advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and legislative development." They have won several cases against schools and agencies that exhibited discriminatory attitudes towards the blind or deaf.
  • Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) is known as a 'leading disability rights' legal center in California and New York that "represents people with disabilities whose civil rights have been violated." Not only have they won over '25 prestigious awards' for their work in advocacy and education, they've also won more than 400 cases.
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law advocates for the "civil rights, full inclusion and equality of adults and children with mental disabilities" in Washington, DC. They also believe that every school should be willing to educate all kids, including disabled ones. In 2017 alone, they were victorious in over 5 cases against several schools.
  • Located in Washington, DC, TASH supports and promotes the inclusion of people (especially students) with disabilities through conferences and programs. They were recently awarded with a grant by the Disability Communications Fund (DCF) to provide more training to educators.
  • The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is a syndicate of several national organizations in Washington, DC that advocate for the integration and empowerment of persons with disabilities. Through education, encouragement, and research, they have successfully tackled several Acts and laws.
  • The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) seeks to prevent the disregard of people with disabilities in Washington, DC through federal policy work. Their letters opposing several Acts garner attention.

Dyslexia Advocacy Groups

A comparison of the following organizations: Made By Dyslexia, Understood, International Dyslexia Association (IDA), Decoding Dyslexia, and NCLD has been determined. Please see the attached spreadsheet for the requested details.

The following research strategies were applied:

GROUP LEGAL PLANS: We searched extensively on news reports for trends relating to group legal plans. However, we mainly found information on Hyatt legal plans. This could be due to the fact that they are the most popular.

Furthermore, even after searching on Legalplans.com, we found no information on specialized legal plans for specific groups of people. This is because group legal plans are only used by one third of large companies in the US, thus, detailed information on features for marginalized groups is not made available to the public yet. Additionally, we could not find any insight pertaining to parents with special needs children. Although, we did find that dependents are covered in these plans.

GROUPS CHALLENGING THE US EDUCATION SYSTEM: We searched for groups similar to the one provided; DREDF. They all have similar metrics of success which are cases won and awards received. No metric of success was found for The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) and The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD). However, both organizations have written letters of opposition that have received some consideration.
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  • "The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), founded in 1979, is a leading national civil rights law and policy center directed by individuals with disabilities and parents who have children with disabilities."
  • "We train and educate people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities about their rights under state and federal disability rights laws so they can use the laws as tools to challenge exclusion and discrimination, and advocate effectively for full participation in the lives of their communities."
  • "We educate lawyers, service providers, government officials, and many others about disability civil rights laws and policies"
  • "We represent clients in leading edge disability rights litigation. We serve as co–counsel and prepare amicus curiae briefs on behalf of parties that include disability community representatives and members of Congress in disability rights cases heard by the U.S. Supreme Court"
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  • "Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund 3075 Adeline Street, Suite 210 Berkeley, CA 94703"
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  • "DRA was founded in 1993 by visionary attorneys and disability advocates Larry Paradis and Sid Wolinsky."
  • "The work of DRA’s eighteen attorneys, many of whom have disabilities, span multiple practice areas including education, employment, emergency planning, health care, access to public and private..."
  • "DRA represents people with disabilities whose civil rights have been violated. It identifies and dismantles barriers in partnership with a broad network of local and national client organizations, representing people with the full spectrum of disabilities, including mobility, sensory, cognitive, and psychiatric. "
  • "DRA uses litigation, structured negotiations, advocacy, community education, and media to reform systems and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities"
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  • "Since 1972, the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law has advocated for the civil rights, full inclusion and equality of adults and children with mental disabilities."
  • "The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the civil rights of adults and children with mental illness or developmental disabilities"
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  • "The Bazelon Center believes that schools should help all children–including children with mental health or other behavior support needs–become successful adults who can hold jobs, live independently, and be engaged in their communities."
  • "Like all of society, schools should be inclusive. Children with disabilities should be educated in “regular” classrooms in schools with their non-disabled peers and they should participate fully in school life. With appropriate services and supports, virtually all children can be educated in schools in their own communities."
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  • "Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect and institutionalization."
  • "As a leader in disability advocacy for 40 years, the mission of TASH is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. "
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  • "THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, THAT TASH, an international advocacy association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates and people who work in the disability field, affirms that all students with disabilities shall be provided a quality, inclusive education that assures full and meaningful access to the general education curriculum. To achieve such an education, support services must be provided as needed, programs and curricula must be modified as needed, and students must receive such supports, supplementary aids and services as are necessary in an inclusive setting."
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  • " Earlier this month, TASH, in partnership with its California state chapter (Cal-TASH), was awarded a grant from the Disability Communications Fund (DCF) to provide training to increase the capacity of educators, speech-language pathologists, and adult service providers, to meet the communication needs of the individuals with disabilities and to increase communication competence for individuals who use augmentative and alternative communication"
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  • "The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, headquartered in Washington DC, is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society"
  • "CCD does this by: Identifying and researching public policy issues, developing testimony and policy recommendations and encouraging innovative solutions to public policy concerns...."
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  • "Talking Points: Overview of concerns with H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, and Similar Bills"
  • "IDAC letter opposing the ADA Education and Reform Act"
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  • "The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. ..."
  • "Through the delivery of state-of-the-art training, technical assistance and networking, the Training & Advocacy Support Center (TASC) is designed to enhance the advocacy functions of the Protection & Advocacy agencies (P&As) and Client Assistance Programs (CAPs) in their efforts to protect the civil rights of persons with disabilities and prevent and/or remedy abuse and neglect of those who reside in institutions, other facilities and the community."
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  • "Powers of Attorney (21%) – Members have access to Network Attorneys to draft financial or healthcare power of attorney documents. Will and Codicils (14%) – Network Attorneys can review or draft wills for members. Coverage also includes codicils, which are amendments to a will that can replace or alter it. Living Wills (12%) – Members can contact a Network Attorney to draft a living will to inform health care providers about their preferred medical treatment. Trusts (7%) – Network Attorneys can prepare revocable or irrevocable living trusts for members. Deeds (6%) – Members can see an attorney for help in drafting deeds involved in the real estate process."
  • "A recent survey conducted by MetLife found that 60% of employees enrolled in a legal plan said that they feel prepared to handle unforeseen legal events, significantly more than the 39% of employees without a legal plan who said they feel prepared to handle legal issues."
  • "We also partnered with a translation service, TransPerfect Connect, to offer members the ability to speak with a representative in the language of their choice. Our partnership now allows us to provide translation services in over 100 languages. Members can also work with our Network Attorneys to hire a translator for their meeting and have the cost of the translation services covered through their legal plan."
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  • "Attorney e-panel – Have a quick legal question you want an answer to before you decide if you need to see an attorney? Contact one of our Network Attorneys online through our e-panel."
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  • " According to a recent survey conducted by LIMRA, 71% of employers believe that voluntary benefits improve worker morale and satisfaction – a 13 percentage point increase from 2010. 1"
  • "Hyatt Legal Plans saw a 12% year-over-year increase in enrollment for voluntary plans from 2014 to 2015. This year’s increase follows a steady climb in enrollment over the last several years. From 2012 to 2013, Hyatt saw a 9.1% increase in enrollment and from 2013 to 2014 enrollment increased 9.4%. This year’s 12% increase in enrollment was the biggest jump in recent years and a sign that voluntary benefits are picking up steam."
  • "LIMRA’s survey last year found that around 15% of employers said they were “very” or “extremely likely” to add a voluntary benefit option over the next couple years, and 25% were “somewhat likely."
  • "The increase in enrollment this year, which comes out to 110,000 new members enrolled in the Hyatt legal plan, was due to an increase in new plans as well as growth in existing plans. Several large companies became Hyatt sponsors in 2015, marking a banner year for the company’s growth in the voluntary benefits space."
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  • "Custom Legal Plans Our custom legal plans can be easily administered to your employees or group at almost no cost to the employer. We can design a custom group legal plan for businesses or organizations with 500 or more employees or individuals. "
  • " Our purpose is for our Plan Attorneys to provide your employees/group with valuable legal expertise which most people find difficult to obtain due to high cost and/or lack of knowledge of available resources. With a custom Family Legal Plan your employees or group will have access to free & discounted legal products, information and services, through one of the most respected Family Legal Plans in the United States"
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  • "There are many laws in place to protect consumers and people in debt. With an attorney’s help, you can learn about all these laws and find a solution to your credit problems, helping to ensure that the debt collection is fair. And when you enroll in a group legal plan, there are no additional attorney fees for covered matters outside of your monthly plan premium when you use our national attorney network. Many companies offer an employee legal service plan as part of their employee benefits packages."
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  • "This plan is available to employees of the: Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Department of Children and Families (DCF) Department of Economic Opportunities (DEO) Department of Revenue (DOR) Department of Transportation (DOT)"
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  • "Par. 1, a global charity led by successful (and famous) dyslexics. Our purpose is to help the world properly understand and support dyslexia. See “Creating Solutions”, Working with experts, psychologists and successful dyslexics, we develop campaigns, films, tools and tests to explain dyslexic thinking. ...We aim to democratise dyslexia support so that every dyslexic child is identified and enabled to get the right help, and to understand their brilliant potential. See “MADE BY DYSLEXIA CHANNELS” Find useful insights and amazing stories from experts and successful dyslexics from our channels and blogs. See “GET SUPPORT”, If you suspect that you, or someone you know has dyslexia, these sites provide good information and can direct you to support.. http://helenarkell.org.uk, bdadyslexia.org, http://dyslexiaida.org, http://decodingdyslexia.net, http://dyslexicadvantage.org "
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  • "Par. 1, Made by Dyslexia founder, Kate Griggs will speak and inspire education professionals at The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) networking social Nov. 9th in conjunction with the Reading, Literacy & Learning Conference being held Nov. 8-11, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Par. 3, In May 2017 Griggs and Sir Richard Branson launched ‘Made by Dyslexia’ a new global charity led by successful dyslexics. The charity’s purpose is to help the world properly understand and support dyslexia; working with experts, psychologists and successful dyslexics to develop campaigns and tools which explain dyslexic thinking. Par. 4, Made By Dyslexia aims to bring together grassroots movements and charities from around the world behind bold campaigns to drive global change making sure all dyslexics are identified, supported and inspired to reach their potential. "
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  • "Made By Dyslexia has two global goals. That dyslexia is properly understood as a different way of thinking. Work with governments, charities, schools and parents to ensure all dyslexic children are identified early and given the support they need "
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  • "Par. 1, Our goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. We want to empower them to understand their children’s issues and relate to their experiences. Par. 2, Understood aims to give parents a direct path to the support they need most to make them feel more confident and capable, less frustrated and alone. *Source shows that Understood organization's business model is through Donation."
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  • "Par. 1, Understood.org provides parents with information and resources to help their children with learning and attention issues thrive in school and in life. Understood is an online resource where parents of kids ages 3–20 with learning and attention issues will have free, secure access to personalized information, the wisdom of other parents, and the knowledge of experts to learn about the “what is” and the “how to” of their kids’ academic, social and emotional needs. "
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  • "In partnership with 15 nonprofit partners "
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  • "The International Dyslexia (IDA) is an international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. The IDA membership consists of a variety of professionals in partnership with dyslexics and their families and all others interested in the Association's mission. The purpose of the IDA is to pursue and provide the most comprehensive range of information and services that addresses the full scope of dyslexia and related difficulties in learning to read and write....in a way that creates partnership....so that every individual has the opportunity to lead a productive and fulfilling life, and society benefits from the resource that is liberated. The International Dyslexia Association currently has 48 branches throughout the country and 15 Global partners throughout the world."
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  • "By joining our organization, you will be in the company of the world’s foremost researchers, teachers, professionals, and parents dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and those that support them. Your membership will not only give you exclusive access to this extraordinary community but will also help support Structured Literacy teacher preparation and training required to help thousands of children in K-3 in the years to come. Individual Memberships - IDA’s individual memberships are a great way to be a part of the thriving IDA community while receiving flagship publications and timely alerts. Membership price ranging from $45Yr - $1000/Yr. LD School Membership - IDA’s LD School memberships are designed to provide organization staff with regular emails covering the latest research and best practices on dyslexia and reading instruction, both for students with dyslexia and all other students as well. Membership price ranging from $399/Yr to $1,499/Yr Public School / Institutional Membership - Public School / Institutional membership entitles your public school, public school district, or non-profit organization to receive IDA publications, discounts on conference registrations and apply for listing in our provider list. Price $395 /Yr Corporate Membership - Corporate membership entitles your business to receive IDA publications, discounts on conference registrations and apply for listing in our provider list. Price $495 /Yr "
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  • "See Par. 1, Decoding Dyslexia is a network of parent-led grassroots movements across the country concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within the public education system. We aim to raise dyslexia awareness, empower families to support their children and inform policy-makers on best practices to identify, remediate and support students with dyslexia. Par. 3, Each state organizes and inspires its own local movement by networking with families and professionals to gain support for the Decoding Dyslexia mission. We recognize the power of the collective parent voice and work diligently to encourage individuals and organizations to partner and collaborate in the best interest of supporting families and advancing services for dyslexics. "
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  • "Sources shows that Decoding Dyslexia is actively available in 50 states. "
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  • "The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the one in five children and adults nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We’re working to create a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. "
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  • "Sources shows program for NCLD. NCLD provides services for parents, young adults, professionals, for educators. Source also shows that NCLD only provides advocacy, thus target audiences are being sent to there other partners namely the Understood for parents, Friends of Quinn for young adults, Navigator for professionals, Get Ready to READ! for educators, RTI Action Network for educators. Source also shows that NCLD generate income from donations. "
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  • "The study found that approximately two-thirds of employers that don't currently offer a group legal plan would be open to adding it to their voluntary benefit portfolio if they had additional information on what doing so would involve. For example, one concern is whether having a group legal plan would add to employers’ administrative burdens"
  • " 64 percent of employers that currently have a group legal plan actually find them easier to administer than other voluntary benefits, with an additional 35 percent finding them at least as easy. "
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  • " MetLaw Plus Parents covers the parents of legal plan members for a wide range of common legal issues, including estate planning, real estate matters, identity theft defense, help with nursing home agreements and questions about Medicare and Medicaid coverage."
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  • "Working with a lawyer can be expensive. A legal services plan offered through group benefits packages covers a number of adoption-related matters. For a small monthly fee, employees receive unlimited access to a nationwide network of attorneys—so parents considering adopting can seek the legal services they need, without worrying about extensive fees. Group benefits offering a legal services plan allow parents to seek professional legal services when adopting a child."
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  • "Hyatt group legal plans benefit more than 2,000 organizations in a variety of industries across the U.S., including Fortune 500 companies, leading benefit consultants and accounting firms. Here are a few of our group legal services clients."
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  • "Enrollment tends to grow yearly as satisfied employees discuss the benefit with co-workers. Includes unlimited access to attorneys and is very easy for employees to use. No waiting periods, co-pays or hour limits when using a Network Attorney."
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  • " 1. Document Provider: Employees can create their own personal legal documents online to address common legal issues. 2. Discount Legal Plan: Employees receive discounted hourly rates on legal services through screened attorneys. 3. Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Employees have access to an initial free consultation for general advice; additional legal services are provided at a discounted rate. 4. Legal Insurance Plans: Employees pay a set premium and receive legal services from a plan attorney. Most covered matters for an insured legal plan are 100 percent paid-in-full when employees use an attorney in the network. If you're looking for the option that gives your employees the most comprehensive coverage and covers the most legal issues, you will want to go with a legal insurance plan. But legal insurance plans themselves vary widely in terms of what is offered. So when you're looking at legal insurance plans, keep the following in mind:"
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  • "The Bazelon Center weighed in on Supreme Court case Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, one of the most important education cases in decades"
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  • "The National Disability Rights Network writes in opposition to H.R. 4508, the “Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform (PROSPER) Act”. NDRN is the non-profit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) and Client Assistance Program (CAP) agencies for individuals with disabilities."
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  • "An inspirational podcast explaining dyslexic thinking."
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  • "Publications Summary Fact Sheets Hojas Informativas Infographics Perspectives on Language and Literacy The Examiner Examiner Archives Annals of Dyslexia Dyslexia Connection Around the World Reading and Writing Video Library "