This Webinar is sponsored by the National Disability Institute's (NDI's) ABLE National Resource Center and will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 / 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Since the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in December of 2014 there has been a great deal of progress both at the state and federal levels. This progress includes the passage of over 35 state ABLE related pieces of legislation, the development of proposed rules and regulations, several advanced notices outlining additional guidance, formal direction from the Social Security Administration, and a major amendment to the federal statute. Given all this exciting progress, the ABLE National Resource Center is hosting this webinar to highlight the various components of this progress in an effort to better prepare and educate individuals with disabilities and their families, state ABLE administrators, the greater disability advocacy community, and other relevant stakeholders as to the current status of ABLE and what we can expect in the next 12 months. To register for this Webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar is part of the National Disability Institute's (NDI) Financial Wellness Series and will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time. NDI will provide information on the numerous underutilized tax deductions and credits available to individuals with disabilities and their families. For example, the Earned Income Tax Credit has been said to be the most effective anti-poverty measure in America, lifting 6.2 million above the poverty line in 2013. Join this webinar to learn about favorable tax credits as well as the numerous reliable resources for completing your tax returns for FREE. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar is sponsored by the National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE)and will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The January national WISE webinar will address common myths about how working will affect cash disability benefits and Medicare or Medicaid. -- Find out how medical reviews will be put on hold while participating in Ticket to Work. -- Find out how an individual can go back on cash benefits without reapplying if it a job does not work out. -- Get details on how an individual can keep Medicare or Medicaid after cash benefits end due to work. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/details
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Network and will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Join National Disability Institute and Corporation for Enterprise Development CFED’s Taxpayer Opportunity Network to learn about tools and resources available for the upcoming tax season. Each year, many taxpayers with disabilities unnecessarily spend an average of $210 on tax preparer fees and miss out on claiming valuable tax credits they are eligible to receive. That is why improving access to free tax preparation services and favorable tax credits for persons with disabilities are two key strategies NDI focuses on each year. This webinar will provide an overview of the Taxpayer Opportunity Network including tools and resources they have available to support free tax preparation services in the upcoming tax season. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3b4f009619f2d40eaf4ca2ccb98eac34
This webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and is hosted by National Disability Institute's (NDI) Real Economic Impact (REI) Network. This NDI webinar will highlight the American Dream Employment Network (ADEN), a national administrative Employment Network. ADEN is a consortium of service providers and employers working together to create a path for individuals with disabilities receiving Social Security disability benefits to return to work or begin working for the first time. ADEN is an approved Employment Network operating under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work. This webinar will provide an overview of ADEN, how employment service providers can tap into this turnkey opportunity, and how ADEN supports the employment of persons with disabilities. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9b80638e8bdc3efd90ba9490c5f70a68
This webinar is sponsored by United Way and will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM, EST. This webinar will provide an introduction to MyFreeTaxes, as well as an overview of the new updated website: www.myfreetaxes.com. MyFreeTaxes helps people keep more of what they earn - through free tax preparation - is a proven strategy to increase financial stability. However, over the past several years, it's becoming more challenging to get funding for free tax preparation programs and it's getting harder to find volunteers to serve as tax preparers. That's why community organizations and their partners are turning to MyFreeTaxes.com to expand free tax preparation in hundreds of communities across the United States. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://events-na1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/17179333/en/events/event/shared/1312244105/event_registration.html?sco-id=2072357083&_charset_=utf-8
This webinar will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time sponsored by ServiceSource and National Disability Institute . This is the second webinar in celebration of the 25 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), It will include nationally recognized thought leaders to discuss the next generation of innovative strategies to support individuals with disabilities and their families have more self-determined quality of life experiences in inclusive communities. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.servicesource.org/ada25
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) conducted this webinar in celebration of 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and released the archive in early August 2015. This webinar showed how companies, recognized as top employers for people with disabilities, actively align disability inclusion with corporate goals to strengthen their brand, both internally and externally. To access this webinar archive, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.askearn.org/m-archive.cfm#2015-07-09_webinar
This National Public Radio (NPR) article/blog highlights the personal aspects of disability, employment and economic well-being that still require attention 25 years following the passage of the ADA. It profiles the experience of 27-year-old Emeka Nnaka of Tulsa, Oklahoma who a semi-pro football player who was injured during a game and challenges he faces in reaching his goals. If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted. The employment rate for working age people with disabilities is 14.4% compared to 71.2% for those without a disability and the poverty rate is 32.1% compared to 13% for those without a disability. Median household income is $30,600 compared to $58,400 for those without a disability. To view the full article and responses, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/23/424990474/why-disability-and-poverty-still-go-hand-in-hand-25-years-after-landmark-law
In June 2015, the U..S. Department of Treasury issued the Final Report of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability of Young Americans. On June 25, 2013, President Obama signed Executive Order 13646 creating a new President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. The Council will advise the President and the Secretary of the Treasury on how to promote financial capability among young Americans and encourage building the financial capability of young people at an early stage in schools, families, communities, and the workplace and through use of technology. These recommendations will contribute to the nation's future financial stability and increase upward economic mobility. Strengthening the financial capability of our young people is an investment in our nation's economic prosperity. The Council was comprised of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Education, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and up to 22 non-governmental members. The Council completed its term on June 25, 2015. To view the final report of the Committee, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/financial-education/Documents/PACFCYA%20Final%20Report%20June%202015.pdf
A Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking And Notice Of Public Hearing on Guidance Under Section 529A: Qualified ABLE Programs has been issued in Federal Register, Vol. 80, No. 119, on Monday, June 22, 2015. Comments must be received by September 21, 2015. SUMMARY: This document contains proposed regulations under section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code that provide guidance regarding programs under The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2014. Section 529A provides rules under which States or State agencies or instrumentalities may establish and maintain a new type of tax-favored savings program through which contributions may be made to the account of an eligible individual with a disability to meet qualified disability expenses. These accounts also receive favorable treatment for purposes of certain means-tested Federal programs. In addition, these proposed regulations provide corresponding amendments to regulations under sections 511 and 513, with respect to unrelated business taxable income, sections 2501, 2503, 2511, 2642 and 2652, with respect to gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and section 6011, with respect to reporting requirements. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations. To access the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15280.pdf
The National Disability Institute has issued their June 2015 Policy Update under their contract as the LEAD Center and the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The June 2015 update features stories on the newly introduced Transition to Independence Act, the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for the ABLE Act, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of King v. Burwell, various state updates and more. To view the Policy Update, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/policy-update-employment-health-care-and-disability-june-30-2015
The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) is hosting a series of five webinar trainings on Integrating Financial Capability Learning with the first webinar being "Planning to Plan" scheduled for Thursday, July 30, 2015, from 2-3:30 pm ET. Learn about the keys to planning success: Team, Time and Tools. Facilitators will share what they have seen as keys to successful planning and tips for you to use. Guest speakers will also share their challenges, successes and lessons learned. CFED has also published "Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services" released earlier in 2015 by CFED in coordination with the Administration for Children & Families. The sessions will include worksheets, video clips and additional resources on integration to bring the Guide to life. Each part in this series will spend time exploring tools, reflection on work and hearing organizations share their experiences. To register for Part I, Planning to Plan, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://assetsandopportunity.org/network/
National Disability Institute's (NDI) ABLE National Resource Center is sponsoring this webinar that will be held on July 14, 2015 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time Speakers: -- Michael Morris, National Disability Institute -- Chris Rodriguez, National Disability Institute -- Stuart Spielman, Autism Speaks -- Sara Weir, National Down Syndrome Society Heather Sachs, National Down Syndrome Society -- Marty Ford, The Arc On June 19th, Treasury and IRS released proposed regulations to guide states in the establishment of ABLE programs and allowing the creation of tax advantaged savings accounts to benefit eligible individuals with disabilities. The webinar will provide an overview of the regulations, a discussion of both positive and challenging provisions, and explain next steps for the federal and state governments. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/
In March 2015, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) published this Issue Brief on costs and benefits of return-to-work programs. Each year, millions of workers in the United States develop a chronic illness, disability, or other serious medical problem. Many are at risk of exiting the labor force, especially if they do not receive timely and effective return-to-work (RTW) supports. These workers and their families frequently face substantial reductions in their standard of living, and may end up relying on public programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, and Medicaid for income support and health care. Three new studies examine stay-at-work and return-to-work policies and programs that may help raise incomes for recovering workers while lowering personnel costs for employers and public assistance costs for taxpayers. They include an issue brief and full report assessing the costs and benefits of return-to-work programs from multiple perspectives, examples of promising practices and success stories from the health care sector, and a look at the role of physicians. Mathematica and its partner, EconSys, conducted this research for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. To access the Issue Brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/disability/rtw_costsbenefits_ib.pdf
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute (NDI) and American Psychological Association (APA) to discuss money and stress with highlights from the report. It will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST. The survey results show that stress about money and finances is prevalent nationwide, even as aspects of the U.S. economy have improved. In fact, regardless of the economic climate, money has consistently topped Americans' list of stressors since the first Stress in America survey was conducted in 2007. In addition to highlights of the survey and report, APA will provide strategies to help clients manage their stress about money. Presenters: -- Lynn Bufka PhD, Associate Executive Director, Practice, Research and Policy American Psychological Association -- Anju Khubchandani, Director, Disability Issues American Psychological Association To register for this webinar, please Click on View Page Now.
In April 2015, the National Disability Institute (NDI) issued this report that is based on data mined from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s 2013 National Survey on Unbanked and Underbanked Households. The report highlights the nearly 50 percent unbanked and underbanked status and financial behaviors of people with disabilities. This report provides much-needed quantitative data that – until now – has been missing in research being conducted at the intersection of the disability and asset development communities. Included in this report are recommendations for policy and program changes to address the financial and behavioral challenges that individuals with disabilities identify as barriers to being fully banked, a key aspect of financial inclusion. Highlights include: -- Among households headed by working-age persons with disability, nearly one-fifth were unbanked (18.4 percent) and more than one-fourth were underbanked (28.1 percent). -- Households headed by working-age persons with disability were significantly more likely to report using alternative financial services than households headed by those without disability (46.7 percent vs. 35.1 percent, respectively). -- Households headed by working-age persons with disability were significantly less likely to have a savings account (with or without a checking account) compared to households headed by those without disability (46.7 percent vs. 72.5 percent, respectively). These findings amplify what was learned last year with the release of the NDI report, Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/data/files/reports/NDI_banking_status_financial_behaviors_report_2015.pdf
Social Security Administration http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/finding-your-path-to-employment-ASL-video The Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program has announced a new video series in American Sign Language (ASL). These videos can help interested job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about the Ticket to Work program and the resources available to find and keep a job. The video series will give job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing an in-depth understanding of how the Ticket to Work program works. Check out Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work in the Library section of www.choosework.net or on YouTube and learn about: -- How the Ticket to Work program works -- Who is eligible -- What types of providers can help job-seekers -- Which professionals can help job-seekers understand how work will affect their benefits -- The types of job support services offered -- How to find a Ticket to Work provider The Ticket to Work program offers Social Security disability beneficiaries more choices in getting the support they need to find work and reach their career goals. To view the video, click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/finding-your-path-to-employment-ASL-video
This webinar is sponsored as a National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE)on April 22, 2015, 3:00 PM Eastern Time The national Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that can help beneficiaries on a path to self-employment. The guest presenter will talk about:-- Factors to consider when thinking about self-employment -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives For additional information and to register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: www.choosework.net/wise
Mathematica Policy Research's Center for Studying Disability Policy is hosting this webinar on Tuesday, May 12, from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET). The cost of federal disability benefits for teenagers and young adults is substantial. In 2013, 1,156,000 individuals ages 13 to 25 received $8.7 billion in Supplemental Security Income benefits. These young people face distinct challenges in transitioning to work and economic self-sufficiency. To help them overcome these challenges, the Social Security Administration sponsored the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) from 2003 to 2012. Promising interventions to help youth with disabilities navigate the transition to work were developed and tested. The interventions featured employment and education counseling, job development and job placement services, benefits counseling, and financial planning. The demonstration also included financial incentives to encourage employment among young people who were receiving disability benefits. Certain SSA disability program rules were waived to let YTD participants keep more of their benefits as their earnings increased. Mathematica evaluated the implementation and impacts of six of the demonstration projects. At the three-year follow-up, we found that three of the projects helped young people find work and achieve other positive outcomes. To register for this webinar, please click on view page now or go to: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=976946&sessionid=1&key=233253464FA0F8F0F36B3CA27A03370B&sourcepage=register