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 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
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is hosting the last in a three-part series focused on stay-at-work/return-to-work issues, Promoting Retention and Re-employment Following Injury or Illness. ODEP is very interested in public comments and input on five policy recommendations aimed at increasing retention and re-employment after illness or injury. In order to gather this input, ODEP is utilizing an innovative crowdsourcing tool where interested stakeholders can post comments and vote on the five policy recommendations. To review these recommendations and share your feedback please click on View Page Now or go to http://RetentionReemployment.ePolicyWorks.org/
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
On July 24, 2015, President Barak Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Proclamation 9302. An excerpt from the Proclamation states: "My Administration is committed to addressing the unique challenges people with disabilities face as they seek to attain economic stability. Americans with disabilities deserve access to quality health care, affordable housing, inclusive financial institutions, and the innovative technologies that are transforming our world. That is why we have actively enforced the ADA, and why we have worked to toughen the protections against disabilitybased discrimination, increase accessibility in our communities, and expand opportunities for employment, education, and financial independence for people with disabilities." To access the complete text of this Presidential Proclamation, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/pdf/2015-18785.pdf
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 May 2015, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) issued this report on MFP demonstration that supports efforts to help Medicaid beneficiaries living in long-term care facilities transition back to the community. The six MFP grantees highlighted in this study offer several lessons that can help other states enhance their program models to better serve people with diverse support needs. Factors that contribute to successful program performance include (1) thorough identification of a person's needs and preferences early in the transition process to help facilitate timely linkages to services in the community and avoid reinstitutionalization; (2) flexible MFP grant funds that enable MFP grantees to test new services or supports that help to better meet participants' support needs in the community; (3) quality monitoring systems to track participants' outcomes in the community; and (4) strong partnerships with stakeholders, which lead to close coordination in service delivery and propel system transformation efforts forward. Please click on View Page Now or go to the MPR website at: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/health/mfpfieldrpt16.pdf
On May 13, 2015, the LEAD Center published this new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resource that offers an approach consistent with the most innovative and cutting edge human resource practices. Its signature strategy, Discovery, offers an approach for job seekers with barriers to employment that is consistent with some of the most widely accepted strategies for successful career development. Customized Employment and Discovery are not necessarily appropriate or desirable for all AJC job seekers with disabilities or other barriers to employment, but the strategies provide “non-traditional” options and choices – both for job seekers and AJC staff. If you want to know more about how American Job Centers can effectively implement Customized Employment and Discovery, take a moment to read these FAQs. To view these FAQs, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/faqs-using-customized-employment-s-discovery-and-group-discovery-models-promote-job-seeker-success-american-job-centers
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
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
The work of the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative was the topic of a recent blog on Homeroom, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education. In the post "Know It 2 Own It: Helping People with Disabilities Access Middle Class Careers," the co-chairs of the initiative discussed the plans for the upcoming "Year of Action to Expand Equal Employment Opportunities and Economic Mobility for Individuals with Disabilities." The Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative is co-chaired by Chai Feldblum, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Robert Williams, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner for Retirement and Disability Policy at the Social Security Administration; and Eve Hill, Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. To access this blog, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ed.gov/blog/2015/03/know-it-2-own-it-helping-people-with-disabilities-access-middle-class-careers/
The National Disability Institute and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are hosting this webinar on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM EST. The webinar will explore defining financial needs and evaluating one's own financial health. In January 2015, CFPB issued a report titled "Finanical Well-being, The Goal of Financial Education," that included a working definition of financial well-being and identified four elements that it includes. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.