Public Benefits and Work Supports
Medicare Is Not Just for Retirees
Most people think of Medicare as part of Social Security retirement, however, Medicare eligibility extends to individuals age 65 or older, under 65 and disabled under SSA rules and individuals who have end-stage Renal Disease. For those considering a return to work, remember: there are provisions guaranteeing Medicare eligibility, even if you no longer qualify for SSDI. To learn more about Medicare eligibility while working, visit SSA’s website.
Reference Guide on Universal Access and Equal Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 01-15, "Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide," as an updated resource under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The TEN provides policies, procedures and other steps One-Stop Career Centers/American Job Centers can implement to increase equal opportunity and universal access to programs and services for individuals with disabilities. For more information, read the Department of Labor TEN.
Taxes and Tax Preparation
New Promising Practice Emerging in Serving Taxpayers Who Use American Sign Language (ASL)
Earlier this year, we highlighted the IRS’ expanded library of videos describing a variety of tax information, terms and tips in ASL. Now, more and more cities across the country are exploring and adopting another promising practice that may significantly expand free tax preparation and financial education to d/Deaf/Deaf-Blind/Hard-of-Hearing communities. As you are aware, all Certified ASL Interpreters are required to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and can do so by participating in a variety of educational activities. Tax coalitions in Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts are exploring opportunities for ASL interpreters to receive CEUs by attending tax education workshops before volunteering as ASL interpreters for d/Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing taxpayers at free tax sites. This practice is gaining momentum across the country, with great potential to not only expand the number of interpreters with tax education under their belt, but also boost awareness and access to free tax preparation and valuable tax credits to a greater number of d/Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing taxpayers.
Contact NDI Manager of Financial Empowerment Jamie Robinson and/or find your regional interpreter education center for more information.
New Planning Guide for Integrated Financial Capability Services
CFED has developed a new planning guide, “Building Financial Capability – A Planning Guide for Integrated Services,” to assist community based organizations integrate financial capability services in to their existing programs. The planning guide offers step-by-step direction for developing a positive program design that builds the financial capability of all clients. Read the full report now.
Computers as Assets for Productivity
Owning a personal computer opens up a world of boundless opportunities like engaging with others through social media, accessing useful information, learning and even working from home. Everyday, new assistive technology is being designed to assist individuals with disabilities. Devices, such as ergonomic mice, keyboards and voice recognition, can help people perform data entry. Screen-reading programs make it easier for persons with vision impairments or reading comprehension challenges to read computer screens through braille transcription or by listening to the content through a sound system. Applications are easy to install, and are compatible with various operating systems. Visit Job Accommodation Network’s website to learn more.
ABLE Act Regulations: Highlights for Potential Beneficiaries and Families
On June 19, the IRS issued the highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for the ABLE Act. The NPRM stipulates the proposed regulations by which state ABLE programs will largely be developed and administered. In an effort to inform the disability community and other relevant stakeholders about the details of the proposed regulations, NDI developed preliminary highlights which can be read on our website.
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