Parents of children with disabilities lost an important and influential advocate when Nina Eaton passed away on March 30th. An estate planning attorney can only do so much to help protect the interests of your special needs child. People like Eaton take up the slack and help provide a solid legal and cultural framework so that children born with disabilities lead rich and fulfilling lives.
Eaton was an original founder of the United Cerebral Palsy Association, which began here in New York as the Cerebral Palsy Association of New York. Together with other parents of children with cerebral palsy, Eaton used the organization to advocate and obtain the vital social services that their children needed. Eaton continued to be an important advocate for children with cerebral policy throughout her life and served on the Board of Trustees for the United Cerebral Policy Association well into her 90s.
We normally use this space to educate readers about an important aspect of estate planning. It would be remiss to not acknowledge that estate planning to provide for the care of special needs children is what it is today, in part, because of people like Nina Eaton. Children with special needs and their families need more people like Nina Eaton.