White House Hosts Summit on Disability and Employment

In February, the Obama Administration hosted a Summit on Disability and Employment at the White House. Focused on providing businesses, advocates and the general public with information on new and existing federal resources to improve employment opportunities for more people with disabilities, the Summit gave attendees a forum to share best practices and effective strategies to successfully recruit, hire, promote and retain employees with disabilities. Coinciding with the day’s program, the White House released its newest disability publication: “Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide for Employers.” Authored by the White House Domestic Policy Council and the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative, the Resource Guide serves as a blueprint for employers looking to create an even more inclusive workplace.

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Benefits 

SSI is Also a Resource for Seniors

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is most commonly thought of as a needs-based program that pays benefits to adults and children with disabilities.  However, SSI can also provide benefits to seniors who do not have disabilities, providing a much needed income for those who don’t have enough work credits of coverage to qualify for Social Security retirement benefits.  Learn more about SSI eligibility requirements.

Employment 

WIOA from a Disability Perspective

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers, with and without disabilities, to succeed in the labor market and matching employers with skilled workers who may benefit from education, skills training and career services. NDI's LEAD Center is offering a four-part webinar series titled, "WIOA from a Disability Perspective," to inform the field on aspects of WIOA that present new opportunities for job-seekers and workers with disabilities.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities

Are you a person with a disability, partnering with a disability organization or interested in learning about tax highlights that could benefit individuals with disabilities and their families?  Check out the IRS publication 907 Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities specifically related to tax preparation for 2014.  This informative document provides important information on healthcare, income, tax credits, business tax incentives, dependent care credits and other pertinent information for individuals with disabilities and those who care for them.

Financial Education 

The Effectiveness of State Financial Education Mandates

According to findings of a recent report released by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, if a rigorous financial education program is carefully implemented, it can improve the credit scores and lower the probability of delinquency for young adults.  The study specifically looked a three states that have financial education mandates for high school students: Georgia, Idaho and Texas. 

Asset Development 

Meeting Clients’ Homeownership Needs

Do you have clients interested in owning a home?  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has home purchase counselors who can help individuals qualify for matched savings, grants and low interest mortgages. The application process allows for improving credit and, within 10 months, clients may be in their own home. To learn more, visit http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/hcs.cfm and select your state for process of application.

Public Policy 

ABLE Resource Center Holds First Meeting

Following the signing of the ABLE Act into law, NDI established the ABLE Resource Center, a group of like-minded organizations committed to promoting a consistent voice in the development of federal regulations and helping states establish ABLE account programs. On Friday, February 6th, NDI and 15 other national disability organizations met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the current status of federal and state implementation efforts. Learn more by reading our recent ABLE Resource Center article

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Issue 14 - Mar 2015 

In This Issue

White House Hosts Summit on Disability and Employment

Benefits: SSI is Also a Resource for Seniors

Employment: WIOA from a Disability Perspective: An Overview

Tax Preparation: Tax Highlights for Persons with Disabilities

Financial Education: The Effectiveness of State Financial Education Mandates

Asset Development: Meeting Clients’ Homeownership Needs

Public Policy: ABLE Resource Center Holds First Meeting

Program Spotlight:  Real Economic Impact Network

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Real Economic Impact Network

National Disability Institute’s Real Economic Impact (REI) Network is an alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to a common mission: the economic advancement of people with disabilities.  The REI Network captures the power of collaboration among public and private partners with more than 4,000 individuals and organizations across America who are committed to embedding disability inclusive practices to advance economic empowerment and financial capability for all people with disabilities. REI Network members receive training, technical assistance, support and resources, provided by NDI, to advance economic empowerment and financial capability for persons with disabilities. Members have access to a monthly webinar series, e-learning courses, fact sheets, toolkits, training materials, an e-newsletter, technical assistance and professional networking opportunities. 

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