Welcome to Real Economic Impact Network News

National Disability Institute (NDI) is proud to share the first edition of Real Economic Impact Network News!

This new monthly e-newsletter will provide the latest information and resources to help us continue to move forward our common mission: the economic advancement of people with disabilities. REI Network News will connect you with information, upcoming events, training opportunities and key resources in six key focus areas – taxes and tax preparation, financial education, asset development, benefits, employment and public policy – to help you work toward building a brighter financial future for all people with disabilities.

As a valued member of National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact (REI) Network, we appreciate your partnership. Together, we have moved the needle on financial capability for people with disabilities by joining forces to embrace, promote and pursue access to and inclusion of people with disabilities in the economic mainstream. REI Network News will be one of the many ways we continue to stay connected as we progress together toward our common goal. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see in an upcoming edition or how we can help. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook to join the conversation for change. We look forward to our continued work together!

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Benefits 

VITA Programs & the Affordable Care Act

The Center for Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently created Health Reform: Beyond the Basics, a website is designed to prepare advocates and state and local officials to help consumers access ACA's new health coverage opportunity. The site features a section on VITA Programs & the Affordable Care Act.

Employment 

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

Workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and businesses, including when, where, and how work is done and mutually ensure that the needs of both are met through making changes to the time, location, and manner in which an employee works. By utilizing effective tools and resources, workforce professionals can provide valuable services to employees and employers through a unique workplace flexibility strategy. Learn more by viewing The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility, presented by NDI's LEAD Center at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Training.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

It's Tax Time. Are You Ready?

This time of year, tax coalitions across the country are gearing up for the 2014 Tax Season! If you are preparing to serve tax payers with disabilities, check out these accessibility tools and checklists at www.adasoutheast.org/taxaccess.

Financial Education 

10 Questions to Ask When Selecting an Online Money Management Tool

Online money management tools are websites that help manage one's money – money earned, money spent and what kinds of things you spend your money on. There are multiple online money management tools to choose from that range in sophistication and cost. It is important to choose a tool that works best for you. Read our guide to learn what questions you should consider when selecting an online management tool.

Asset Development 

What is Asset Development? Earn It -> Claim It -> Keep It!

Asset development is vital for everyone to improve their economic self-sufficiency, including individuals with disabilities. Asset development can range from buying a home, investing in a business, learning a new skill, to simply saving money for emergencies. As you develop assets, you and your family will become more financially stable. Social Security Work Incentives, Individual Development Accounts (IDA), and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are some of the programs that are designed to assist with asset development however they are highly underutilized.

Public Policy 

National Disability Institute Calls for Swift Congressional Action on the Equal Employment for All Act

National Disability Institute calls on its REI Network members to contact their Representative and Senators and urge them to pass the Equal Employment for All Act. This piece of legislation will end pre-employment credit checks that are an unnecessary barrier to employment for more than a million individuals with and without disabilities who want to work. Learn more about what you can do to help.

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Issue 1 - Jan. 2014 

In This Issue

Welcome to REI Network News

Benefits: SSA Announces 2014 COLA Adjustment

Employment: LEAD Center

Tax Preparation: It's Tax Time. Are You Ready?

Financial Education: Six Steps to Creating a Financial Literacy Program in Your Classroom or Transition Program

Asset Development: Economic Mobility for People with Disabilities

Public Policy: Equal Employment for All Act

Program Spotlight:  MyFreeTaxes

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Program Spotlight 

Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation for People with Disabilities

Organizations can maximize their outreach to serve persons with disabilities in their local communities with a Train-the-Trainer session from the nationally-recognized experts at National Disability Institute using NDI's exclusive Asset Development Curriculum.

National Disability Institute experts will train local teams on NDIs exclusive Building Assets, Promoting Choice and Community Participation curriculum, with customized information for your community. Local teams will learn about self determination, financial education, asset development strategies such as micro-enterprise, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), home ownership, and public benefit programs that support asset development, including SSA work incentives, PASS and PESS. Dynamic trainers with years of expertise in asset development for persons with disabilities provide information, strategies and tools to incorporate asset development strategies into an organizations existing programs and community-based learning activities.

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Upcoming Events 

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