National Disability Institute and America Saves Announce Partnership

National Disability Institute (NDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit for advancing the economic opportunities of individuals with disabilities, has entered into a cooperative agreement with America Saves, a campaign of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA). Both organizations have mutual goals to encourage savings, reduce debt and build wealth among economically vulnerable populations nationwide. As part of the agreement, NDI will introduce the America Saves Campaign to national disability organizations, and CFA will support NDI financial inclusion programs for working age adults with disabilities by identifying local, state and national opportunities for this target audience to join the America Saves Campaign.

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Public Benefits and Work Supports 

Working toward Financial Stability

Sometimes having a disability interrupts people’s progress towards their financial goals when they experience a loss of consistent income or a reduction of income. A return to employment and the utilization of the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) work supports can help beneficiaries maximize their income, allowing them to regain a focus on reaching their financial goals. Beneficiaries, who are interested in working and have goals towards financial stability, can explore their personal options for reaching those goals by meeting with a Work Incentive Planning Assistant (WIPA). Visit the Ticket to Work website to find local WIPA services.

Employment 

Exploring Apprenticeships

The U.S. Department of Labor released the ApprenticeshipUSA Toolkit in October 2015 to introduce employers, workers and the workforce system to the benefits of apprenticeship. Registered apprenticeship is a proven workforce strategy that is further promoted through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The toolkit includes the following: online tutorials introducing apprenticeship resources and model programs; an apprenticeship assessment and planning tool; guidance on how to find apprenticeship partners in your local area; and case studies of successful apprenticeship programs, among other information to help employers implement an apprenticeship program.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Fighting Back against Identity Theft

Identity theft places a burden on its victims and presents a challenge to businesses, organizations and government agencies, including the IRS. Tax-related identity theft occurs when someone uses your stolen Social Security number to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. The IRS combats tax-related identity theft with an aggressive strategy of prevention, detection and victim assistance. If you become a victim, the IRS is committed to helping you resolve your case as quickly as possible. Learn how you can safeguard your personal, financial and tax data.

Financial Education 

Guiding Clients to Credit Education

Maintaining a positive credit score is a key factor in building one’s financial well-being. There are a variety of tools available to help individuals increase their knowledge about credit. Bank of America’s Better Money Habits provides individuals with resources to help them build a healthy credit score. Watch these short videos on personal finance for more information.

Asset Development 

Building Credit for Better Assets

Credit development and its maintenance is an ongoing process. There are cost-free ways to develop positive credit that increase your options for asset development. Credit can play a significant role when applying to rent an apartment, activating utility accounts or applying for college. Having good credit saves you money when borrowing and moving forward with your life plans. Build your credit and reach your financial goals with the help of these services from the National Federation of Consumer Credit Counseling (NFCC).

Public Policy 

ABLE National Resource Center Launches Website

On March 1, 2016, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC), founded and managed by NDI, launched its inaugural website: ABLENRC.org. The ANRC website offers important information regarding the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014, a law which allows eligible individuals with disabilities and their families to open tax-advantaged accounts for disability-related expenses. Resources on the website include general information about the ABLE Act; state specific information related to implementation and program characteristics; archived webinars and informational videos. 

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Issue 24 - Mar. 2016

In This Issue

National Disability Institute and America Saves Announce Partnership

Benefits: Working toward Financial Stability

Employment: Exploring Apprenticeships

Tax Preparation: Fighting Back against Identity Theft

Financial Education: Guiding Clients to Credit Education

Asset Development: Building Credit for Better Assets

Public Policy: ABLE National Resource Center Launches Website

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