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WISE Webinar: "Ticket to Work - Finding a Job with a Federal Contractor"

This webinar is hosted as a National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) and will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, EST. The webinar will focus on Social Security Programs and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against people with disabilities and requires them to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain more people with disabilities. The presentation includes: -- What Section 503 changes mean for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries; -- Tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process; -- Tips on how to demonstrate your skills and abilities at a virtual job fair. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/details

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02/23/16 10:16AM

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Webinar: SNAP Time Limit: What Providers Should Know About the Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

This webinar on January 19, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Join National Disability Institute, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) to learn about the time limits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that affect individuals who are considered “Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents” (ABAWDs). These time limits were largely suspended during the recession, but starting in January 2016, the three-month time limits on SNAP receipt for certain individuals who are not employed will be back in effect in at least some areas in nearly all states. It’s estimated that nearly 1 million people could lose their benefits in 2016 as a result. While individuals with disabilities are exempt from these time limits, many states only know about recipients’ disability status if they are receiving SSI or other disability benefits. Further, states should exempt caregivers of persons with disabilities but may not be aware of the caregiving role. And states have flexibility to exempt many homeless individuals, whether or not they identify a disability. Join NDI to learn more about the time limit, how it may affect individuals with disabilities, their caretakers, and homeless individuals, and what you can do to ensure that people are not improperly denied access to food assistance. To register for this webinar, click on View Page Now.

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01/15/16 09:50AM

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Webinar Archive: Social Security Disability Benefits: Making an Informed Decision About Work

This webinar was hosted by the National Disability Institute on December 9, 2015 and presented by Social Security subject matter expert Kevin Nickerson, to learn basic criteria the Social Security Administration examines for SSDI eligibility and work incentives available to disability beneficiaries that allow for a successful transition to work. Participants will also learn how health insurance is protected during the transition to work under Social Security. To access this webinar archive, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/financial-education/financial-wellness-webinar-series

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01/05/16 09:17AM

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Session 2: The ABLE Act Implementation Tax Advantaged Savings Accounts: New Choices for Families to Create Pathways to a Better Quality of Life

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

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09/08/15 09:42AM

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NPR: Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

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

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07/24/15 11:29AM

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MPR Issue Brief: Increasing Employer Responsibility for Disability Benefits and SSDI Reform

Mathematica Policy Research, Center for Studying Disability Policy published this issue brief: "Increasing Employer Responsibility for Disability Benefits: Analysis of an Approach to Social Security Disability Insurance Reform." Multiple proposals for reforming the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program would hold firms partially responsible for a portion of the DI benefits paid to their recent employees. This issue brief examines the implications of this approach for employers and workers by analyzing two prominent reform proposals: requiring employers to provide short-term disability insurance coverage and applying an experience rating to the DI portion of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act premium. The analysis finds that both proposals would place a relatively large burden on the labor costs of many relatively small (fewer than 500 workers), low-wage firms. Firms with high potential liabilities might seek to accommodate and retain workers with challenging medical conditions but might also reduce hiring or retention of workers at high risk for medical problems. To view the issue brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/increasing-employer-responsibility-for-disability-benefits-analysis-of-an-approach-to-social?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20and%20Noteworthy%2005%2006%2015%20(2)%20remainder&utm_content=&spMailingID=11333761&spUserID=MTU0MDAwODEwNwS2&spJobID=540467069&spReportId=NTQwNDY3MDY5S0

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05/12/15 02:50PM

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Webinar: Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work: Achieving Financial Independence

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

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04/17/15 03:23PM

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Funding Opportunity: Projects for American Indians with Disabilities

The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) today has announced a funding opportunity under the “Projects for American Indians with Disabilities” program. The purpose of this program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in high-quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. The funding is for discretionary grants with total estimated available funding of: Available Funds: $12,607,000. Grant awards are expected to range from $300,000-$600,000 with approximately 25 grants to be awarded. Applications are due by June 8, 2015. To view the Federal Register Notice for this grant program, please click on View Page Now or go to:http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07994.pdf

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04/07/15 12:07PM

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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day - January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015, is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)Awareness Day. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages communities to advertise and encourage low income individuals to consider their eligibility for EITC based on their earning less that $52,427. They have also developed and made available a number of tools and resources to assist in this effort. The EITC allows up to $6,143 in funds returned to those eligible individuals. Increasing awareness is critical because to get the credit, individuals must file and claim it. EITC Central is an excellent source for ready-to-use news releases, and tweets. You’ll also find local statistics, key messages, fast facts, newsletter and web articles, tips for running an EITC campaign, and other basic marketing and communication materials. EITC can be a boost to individuals, families and communities. Many may qualify for EITC but don’t know it, such as childless workers, people with disabilities, people who speak English as a second language, and non-traditional families like grandparents raising their grandchildren. To access the information available at EITC Central, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.eitc.irs.gov/Partner-Toolkit/main

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01/30/15 01:13PM

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Video: ABLE Account Planning: Six Next Steps for 2015

In this video, the National Disability Institute's (NDI) Executive Director, Michael Morris, shares how to prepare for implementing an ABLE Account. Now that President Obama has signed the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act into law, NDI has six steps you can take to become ABLE account ready. ABLE accounts are tax advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with significant disabilities, which will become a new financial planning option in 2015. Income made on dollars saved is tax free when placed in an ABLE account and used to reimburse for qualified expenses as diverse as housing, employment, transportation, health care and technology expenses. Access the web link to learn about six steps to plan ahead. To view this video, please click on Download Now or go to the YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44d58G5GunA

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01/26/15 10:34AM

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More Americans with Disabilities are Working for the Third Consecutive Month

As the overall economy continues to grow, more Americans with disabilities are earning a paycheck for the third consecutive month, reflecting a positive end to 2014, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report released Friday, January 9, the labor force participation rate increased substantially from 29.1 percent in December 2013 to 31.7 percent in December 2014 (up 8.9 percent; 2.6 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. While for people without disabilities, the labor force participation rate only increased slightly from 70.9 percent in December 2013 to 71.8 percent in December 2014 (up 1.3 percent; 0.9 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work. To access more information on this announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: ttp://www.researchondisability.org/news-features/2015/01/09/ntide-jobs-report-solid-economic-gains-include-job-growth-for-americans-with-disabilities

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01/12/15 08:44AM

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RSA Grant Opportunity: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program--Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling

The Department of Education’s (DOE)Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has announced the availability of funding under the “Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program--Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling” program. The Department has identified $4,000,000 in funding with the anticipation of approximately 20 awards averaging between $190,000 and $200,000. Eligible applicants are States and public or nonprofit agencies and organizations, including Indian tribes and IHEs. Applications are due March 9. To access the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-01-07/pdf/2015-00024.pdf

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01/07/15 10:03AM

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2014 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is Released

In December 2014, the Annual Disability Statistics Compendium was released. The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier. The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC) facilitates evidence-based decision making in many different service and policy arenas to benefit persons with disabilities, leading to improved social outcomes. Large quantities of survey data and administrative records related to people with disabilities are collected each year. Yet these data lack continuity and are underutilized, leading to missed opportunities to improve the programs and policies that advance the lives of people with disabilities. To access the 2014 Annual Disability Compendium, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.disabilitycompendium.org

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12/18/14 09:03AM

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Disability Benefits Assistance Information and Resources

The One-Stop Ticket Success Project has created tools to assist One-Stop Career Centers and other workforce development programs to assist and provide guidance on how to manage benefits in a way that enables an individual to go to work, earn income, and reduce reliance on cash benefits, while maintaining essential benefits such as health care. These resources can be very helpful for workforce investment areas and American Job Centers (AJCs)in providing assistance to customers with disabilities as well as individuals trained in benefits planning. This information brief includes a listing of various resources on benefit issues as well as links to relevant websites. To access this information brief, please click on Download Now.

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12/12/14 11:54AM

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Department of Labor Issues Fact Sheet on Raising the Minimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities Under Executive Order 13658

In early December, 2014, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Fact Sheet on Raising the Minimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities Under Executive Order 13658. Executive Order 13658, “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors” was signed by President Obama on February 12, 2014. This Order establishes a minimum wage to be paid to workers performing on or in connection with a covered contract with the Federal Government. Workers covered by this Executive Order, including workers with disabilities whose wages are determined pursuant to certificates issued under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Every covered worker performing work on or in connection with a covered contract must be paid no less than $10.10 per hour beginning January 1, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, this amount may be increased to an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor based on inflation. For an overview of the general provisions of the final rule implementing Executive Order 13658, including coverage requirements, see Fact Sheet: Final Rule to Implement Executive Order 13658, To access a PDF version of this Fact Sheet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/eo13658/EO-factsheet.htm

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12/09/14 01:47PM

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Mobility is Most Common Disability Among Older Americans, Census Bureau Reports

On December 2, 2014, the U. S. Census Bureau issued the following report based upon the American Community Survey: "Older Americans With a Disability: 2008-2012". The report states that nearly 40 percent of people age 65 and older had at least one disability, Of those 15.7 million people, two-thirds of them say they had difficulty in walking or climbing. Difficulty with independent living, such as visiting a doctor’s office or shopping, was the second-most cited disability. Report highlights include: -- More than half (54.4 percent) of the older population who had not graduated from high school had a disability, twice the rate of those with a bachelor’s degree or higher (26.0 percent). ? -- More than one-third of those 85 and older with a disability lived alone, compared with one-fourth of those age 65 to 74. ? -- About 13 percent of the older household population with a disability lived in poverty; in contrast, 7 percent of those without a disability were in poverty. ? ? -- Women 65 and older were more likely than men 65 and older to have five of the six types of disability included in the American Community Survey, especially ambulatory difficulty. Older women’s higher rates for disability are, in part, because women live longer. ? -- Older men’s higher likelihood for having a hearing disability may reflect the lifelong occupational differentials between men and women, where men may be more likely to have worked in industries that cause noise-induced hearing loss. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acs-29.pdf?eml=gd&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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12/04/14 03:22PM

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Disability and Employment CoP December Theme - Workforce Employment Networks Under Ticket to Work

The Disability and Employment Community of Practice (CoP) is focusing on the importance and relevance of the pubic workforce system and its engagement with the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work (TTW) program. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with SSA over a number of years to promote the use of One-Stop Centers, now American Job Centers, to serve Ticket Holders and being an Employment Network or involved with Partnership Plus and state vocational rehabilitation agencies. In November 2014 ETA hosted a webinar on this topic which is an excellent introduction to the effectiveness state or local workforce systems becoming Employment Networks (ENs) entitled "Disability Employment Initiative Workforce Employment Networks: Lessons Learned on Serving Ticketholders in the American Job Centers" This webinar will provided Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantees and workforce development professionals with key lessons learned from the DEI Workforce Employment Networks that resulted in positive employment outcomes for job seekers receiving Social Security disability benefits. Participants attending the webinar learned about: -- Key developments and practices of DEI workforce Employments Networks for successful outcomes; -- The challenges of operating a Workforce Employment Network and pitfalls to avoid; -- Performance trends of workforce Employment Networks and how to experience success at the local AJC level; and -- About two real case stories of customers who accessed AJC services and their successful employment outcomes. To access this webinar, please click on View Page Now which will bring you to the Workforce 3 One video archive, or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001424737638913998/info

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12/01/14 04:10PM

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White House Video: How the Affordable Care Act Helps People with Disabilities

On November 10, 2014, the White House issued this video public service announcement on YouTube - "How the Affordable Care Act Helps People with Disabilities," It explains how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health coverage because of health history. Presented in American Sign Language, the PSA also has an English soundtrack that starts about 12 seconds into the video. To view the video, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9tAJAZhLM

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11/21/14 03:11PM

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Census Bureau Report: Employment Status and Occupations of Gulf War-Era Veterans

The Census Bureau issued this American Community Survey Brief in November 2014 that provides analysis iof veterans who served on active duty from August 1990 or later. Gulf War-era veterans who served since 1990 are the most recent cohort of wartime veterans and make up about 35 percent of the current working-age veteran population. They are also a large and growing segment of the veteran population, making them a cohort of particular interest, but about which minimal economic research has been done. Much of the past research on post-military economic outcomes of wartime veterans focused on Vietnam-era and World War II veterans. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acsbr13-22.pdf

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11/19/14 10:17AM

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NCD Annual Report: National Disability Policy - A Progress Report

The 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report has added significance this year as the National Council on Disability (NCD) celebrates its 30th anniversary as an independent federal agency. The 2014 Progress Report details the status of people with disabilities from across the nation, providing policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders with an overview of the progress the United States has made promoting and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the 2014 Progress Report focuses on seven key areas: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), employment access and inclusion, subminimum wage, education outcomes, Medicaid managed care, mental health care, and data trends in disability policy. The report identifies opportunities to promote public policies that contribute to a more inclusive environment. To access the full report, please click on Download Now or go to: http://www.ncd.gov/progress_reports/10312014

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11/05/14 08:59AM

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