Summer Youth Employment and Student Earned Income Exclusion
If you are a Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient, and you are under age 22 and regularly attending high school or college, the Student Earned Income Exclusion (SEIE) work incentive can provide an opportunity for you to try working while maintaining some, if not all of your SSI cash benefits. Using SEIE, a student can earn up to $1,750/month in earnings before any reduction of SSI cash benefits occurs. Learn more: SSA Spotlight on Student Earned Income Exclusion.
Section 503: New Regulations Improve Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Recently, the requirements described in the Section 503 final rule went into effect. Section 503 regulations detail federal contractors' obligations regarding the marketing, hiring, recruitment and support of workers with disabilities. For jobseekers with disabilities, these rules present expanded opportunities to become part of the inclusive federal contractor workforces nationwide. Learn more by viewing NDI's LEAD Center webinar, "Section 503: Connecting Job Seekers with Disabilities and Federal Contractors through the Workforce Development System".
Taxes and Tax Preparation
Are you updating your training materials for the 2015 Tax Season? If so, remember to include information on using People First Language when speaking to or about people with disabilities. It is important to put the person first and not their disability. Download NDI’s People First Language Effective Strategy Handout for examples of commonly used negative phrases and their more appropriate, affirmative counter parts.
Creating an Inclusive Environment for Your Financial Education Program
NDI’s Creating an Inclusive Environment for Your Financial Education Program checklist will help your organization remove barriers to participation for individuals with disabilities and create a more inclusive environment. Creating an inclusive environment starts with the actions and attitudes of staff, setting high expectations for a barrier-free environment which encourages everyone to take a solution-oriented approach to individual differences.
CASE STUDY: Individual Development Accounts
Individual Development Accounts (IDA) are an ideal savings option for persons with disabilities who are receiving a means-tested public benefit. Federally matched IDAs allow an individual to save for one of three asset-building goals: home ownership, small business capital or education. NDI’s IDA Case Study “Samuel's Story” provides an example of how an IDA made Samuel’s dream a reality. Download “Samuel’s Story”.
Bipartisan WIA Reauthorization Bill Will Improve Training and Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Recently, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, announced an agreement to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998, a law that had sunset in 2003. This legislative compromise will make critically needed investments in our nation’s employment services, workforce development, vocational rehabilitation and adult education programs. Among the legislation’s provisions is language prioritizing competitive, integrated employment for people with disabilities.
Read more about the WIA Reauthorization Bill in the May Issue of NDI’s Washington Insider Newsletter
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