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.
On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL)Employment and Training Administration (ETA)issued USDOL/ETA Advisories - Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGL)19-13, Change 2 to expand and clarify the definition of homelessness as a significant barrier to employment(SBE). The expanded definition includes include domestic violence and other dangerous or life-threatening conditions, as defined in Section 103(b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(b)). To access this revised directive, pleaes click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL_19-13_Change2_Acc.pdf
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
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
Small Business Administration's website for People with Disabilities includes extensive information and resources for individuals who are interested in starting a business. In addition to meeting career aspirations and goals, owning your own business can provide benefits such as work flexibility and financial stability. This page offers resources to help people with disabilities start, grow and manage a small business. To link to the SBA resource page, please click on View Page Now or click on https://www.sba.gov/content/people-with-disabilities
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
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
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is hosting this webcast on May 12, 2015, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Eastern Time. JAN consultants Elisabeth Simpson and Lisa Mathess in a discussion on stay-at-work and return-to-work programs and best practices. The goal of a return-to-work program, sometimes called a transitional duty program, is to make job changes or provide job accommodations that return individuals to work who are absent for workers’ compensation or disability-related reasons. Both Stay-at-Work and Return-to-work programs can help reduce workers’ compensation costs and increase productivity of employees. The presenters will discuss how, as part of a broader disability management program, Stay-at-Work and Return-to-work initiatives should also address the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability-related laws. To register for this webcast, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://prod.askjan.org/webcast/registration.cfm
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.
This piece was presented on North Country Public Radio by David Sommerstein on March 30, 2015. Their website link includes text and audio information on the closure of sheltered workshops in the state of New York and sub-minimum wage employment environments that do not promote competitive, integrated employment. To access this presentation, please click on View Page Now or got to: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/27883/20150330/can-every-person-with-a-disability-hold-a-regular-job
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is hosting a four hour webinar on Your Money, Your Goals, on Thursday February 19, 2015 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm EST. The webinar will teach participants how to train other social service providers to use the toolkit with their clients. CFPB has provided the following information regarding accessing the webinar: -- To join the webinar, please click on the following link at the time of the webinar*: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW1373367&p=8086506&t=c -- If that link does not work, you can also access the webinar by clicking: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/ -- Conference number: PW1373367 -- Audience passcode: 8086506 If you are participating only by phone, just dial the number: • Toll Free Number: 800-857-9734 • Participant passcode: 8086506
On January 29, 2015, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a blog post announcing five new national partners for their Your Money, Your Goals toolkit. This toolkit in your communities, available in both English and Spanish, on their webpage. To access the toolkit, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/more-momentum-for-promoting-tools-for-social-services-programs/
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
The National Disability Institute (NDI) is a recognized leader in promoting financial health, literacy, and information for people with disabilities and their families. NDI has collaborated with federal agencies and financial institutions to implement strategies that promote financial wellness such as the Real Economic Impact Tour and MyFreeTaxes. NDI staff have conducted numerous webinars over the years that are available on their website. Recent webinar recordings include "The Pathway to Financial Stability for Persons with Disabilities" and "Boosting Financial Stability Through Tax Credits." To access these webinar recordings and other resources, please click on View Page Now or go to http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/Resources/Webinars.aspx
MyFreeTaxes Partnership’s online and in-person tax preparation and filing services have helped millions of families claim nearly $8 billion in tax credits and refunds since 2009. The MyFreeTaxes Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance for qualified individuals. It’s easy, safe, secure and 100 percent free. Sponsored by the Walmart Foundation — in cooperation with Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way — the MyFreeTaxes Partnership’s online and in-person tax preparation and filing services have helped millions of families. Tax filing software is provided through MyFreeTaxes.com and powered by H&R Block. MyFreeTax preparation has been available through selected job centers and these testimonials provide information on how it worked for them and how you can get started. Please click on View Page Now to link to the MyFreeTaxes website that provides profiles of individuals who have used this service, or go to: http://www.myfreetaxes.com/testimonials/
The National Disability Institute, under its contract with the Department of Labor to provide technical assistance to the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), has developed tools and resources for DEI grantees and the workforce system. These resource provide a basic understanding of asset development strategies and why promoting financial stability for individuals with disabilities is an important component of workforce efforts for jobseekers with disabilities. The resources available to workforce professionals include fact sheets and information on how to claim tax credits, financial literacy education, asset development policy issues, and how to save money and build assets. To link to this information, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001212235694679620
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
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued this report, GAO-15-31, on Dec. 19, 2014, which focused on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and state agency efforts to support TANF beneficiaries enter or return to employment. Of the 10 programs GAO examined, 9 drew on the expertise of partner organizations— including community college systems, workforce agencies, and nonprofits. The programs also benefitted from decisions by state and local policymakers to dedicate funds—including TANF funds—for the selected programs. However, many program design and funding choices are left to the states, and GAO’s prior work has shown that state use of TANF funds for more costly welfare-to-work approaches can compete with other allowable uses of TANF funds. Second, TANF’s main performance measure does not necessarily encourage agencies to use certain approaches that incorporate longer-term education and training or treatment services. Third, little incentive exists for TANF agencies to evaluate their programs. HHS’s authority over many aspects of TANF is limited and it has not proposed legislative changes to address these areas. Without federal action, adoption and evaluation of promising approaches may continue to be limited to select states and localities, leaving TANF recipients in other locations without access to these promising approaches. To access the full GAO report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-31