Letter: Disabled couple has some choices

Paul Forziano kisses his bride, Hava Samuels, after

Paul Forziano kisses his bride, Hava Samuels, after the disabled couple was wed in a ceremony in Wading River. (April 7, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas)

Travel deals

It was heartwarming to read the endearing story of the love of two people that surpasses their personal disabilities. They need to consider alternative housing that addresses their needs.

The couple are not forced to live in separate housing. Their current housing is voluntary. The agencies providing their housing are private, nonprofits that specialize in services to disabled single persons.

The couple could apply for subsidized housing assistance for the disabled. Or their families could assist in the rental of a one-bedroom apartment and apply to the Department of Social Services for the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program.


CARTOONS: Matt Davies | Jimmy Margulies | National roundup

MORE: Newsday columnists | More opinion

CONNECT: Subscribe to our e-mail list | Twitter | Facebook


The parents expressed concerns about the future of the couple once they pass on. Perhaps some estate planning could allow provisions for the future. There are several options that the family should discuss with an estate lawyer.

Yvonne Johnson-Fassett, Moriches

Editor’s note: The writer works as a benefits specialist advising developmentally disabled people.

advertisement | advertise on newsday

advertisement | advertise on newsday