April is National Financial Capability Month

This entire month, NDI joins the chorus of nonprofits, individuals, financial institutions, businesses of every size and all levels of government celebrating National Financial Capability Month (NFCM) and highlighting the importance of financial planning and education for all people. Also known as National Financial Literacy Month, the month-long initiative seeks to educate and equip consumers, with and without disabilities, with the necessary skills to make sound financial decisions. To learn more, read our recent NFCM article.

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Benefits 

Service Provider Resource Page for Employment Networks

In addition to free print materials, the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Ticket to Work program offers downloadable materials on its website. Downloadable materials include posters, flyers, newsletter articles and fact sheets. To view free Ticket to Work downloadable materials, visit www.chooseworkttw.net/provider-resources.html.  

Did you know? NDI has become a National Employment Network (EN) providing administrative supports to service providers that would like to offer EN services. To learn more about NDI's American Dream Employment Network (ADEN), read this issue's Program Spotlight or contact us at info@americandreamen.org.

Employment 

Notice of Purposed Rule Making and Second Round of FAQs on WIOA

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA), in conjunction with the Department of Education, has released several documents related to the Work Force Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), including five notices of public rule making (NPRM).  Additionally, ETA has issued a second round of WIOA “frequently asked questions.” These documents will assist in the clarification and implementation of WIOA, which is scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2015.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Beyond Tax Day

Tax Day is April 15. However, there are many taxpayers who either miss the April 15 deadline or choose to file an extension. If you know someone likely to miss the tax-filing deadline and/or choose to file for an extension, don’t forget to remind them and everyone in your local community that MyFreeTaxes is available through October 15. During this time, the site will remain live and continue to be a resource for eligible taxpayers to prepare and file their taxes for FREE with assistance from IRS-certified specialist through the Hotline and online chat functions. For more information, and/or to become a partner promoting MyFreeTaxes, visit http://affiliate.myfreetaxes.com.

Financial Education 

Credit Resources from CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has created a variety of resources that practitioners and individuals can access to learn more about credit, including the importance of checking their credit report each year. Earlier this year, CFPB released a report titled, Consumer Voices on Credit Reports and Scores. The report examines consumer behavior on, and frequency at which, consumers were checking their credit scores and reports. Read the report and view additional credit resources.

Asset Development 

Defining Financial Well-Being

In January, CFPB released the report, Financial Well-Being: The Goal of Financial Education. Findings from the report showed an emerging consensus that “…the ultimate measure of success for financial literacy efforts should be improvement in individual financial well-being.” What is the definition of financial well-being? According to CFPB, financial well-being has never been explicitly defined, nor is there a standard way to measure it. To learn more about the research and the numerous factors that impact the definition of financial well-being, read the full report.

Public Policy 

Proposed Budgets Unfairly Target Social Safety Net

Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed their respective fiscal year (FY16) Budget proposals. Both bills include deep cuts to social welfare programs providing much-needed assistance and support to people with disabilities, children, senior citizens, working families and some of our country’s most at-risk populations. Perhaps most concerning are cuts to vital programs like the Social Security program, Medicaid, Medicare and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Fore more information, please read a recent news brief on both Chambers' FY16 Budget proposals.

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Issue 15 - Apr 2015

In This Issue

April is National Financial Capability Month

Benefits: Service Provider Resource Page for Employment Networks

Employment: Notice of Purposed Rule Making and Second Round of FAQs on WIOA: An Overview

Tax Preparation: Beyond Tax Day

Financial Education: Credit Resources from CFPB

Asset Development: Defining Financial Well-Being

Public Policy: Proposed Budgets Unfairly Target Social Safety Net

Program Spotlight:  American Dream Employment Network (ADEN)

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Program Spotlight 

American Dream Employment Network (ADEN)

The American Dream Employment Network (ADEN) is the latest SSA-approved Employment Network (EN). For individuals receiving SSA disability benefits, the return to gainful employment can be complicated and challenging. ADEN is the first national administrative EN providing face-to-face services to Ticket holders (ages 18-64, receiving SSI or SSDI benefits) through a network of providers across the country. ADEN core services include career counseling, job search and placement, Social Security Work Incentive counseling, money management and long-term employment supports. ADEN recognizes the importance of engaging employers in a meaningful way and is focused on building a network of employer partners interested in diversifying their workforce through hiring qualified participants. ADEN welcomes interested service providers, such as state and local Workforce Investment Boards, community rehabilitation providers and other qualified community partners across the country to become an ADEN member. ADEN is co-directed by Kevin Nickerson and Mary Lynn ReVoir, both skilled former technical assistance providers with decades of experience running successful ENs.

ADEN is a division of National Disability Institute. Interested in becoming an ADEN Member or in assigning your Ticket to the American Dream Employment Network? Email us at info@americandreamen.org.

 

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