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1998 May - June

Naturalization: Helping Immigrant Clients Maintain Access to Social Services

By Evelyn H. Cruz & Eric Cohen

Helping immigrant clients naturalize is a good way to help preserve their eligibility for public benefits. The advantages and disadvantages of becoming a U.S. citizen and the requirements for naturalization are best discussed with client applicants for naturalization at the outset.

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Infants and Toddlers Have Rights to Early Intervention Services

By Jennifer Light & Karen M. Berman

Infants and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays have a right to receive critical early intervention services from their states. The Seventh Circuit has established children's entitlement to these services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

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Enforcing the Educational Rights of Homeless Children and Youth

Focus on Chicago

By Laurene M. Heybach & Stacey E. Platt

Homeless children face overwhelming obstacles in securing a free, appropriate public education. Advocates' successful struggle to improve educational access for homeless children and youth in Chicago's huge and bureaucratic school system is likely to inspire similar efforts elsewhere in the country.

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Less Than Six Degrees of Separation

Consumer Law Connections to Your Practice (Part II)

By Deanne Loonin & Elizabeth Renuart

The economic barriers experienced by persons in poverty and some of the attendant legal circumstances make knowing about consumer law issues essential for legal services advocates. Consumer law is useful in helping the elderly with their housing- and health-related problems.

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