Celebrating 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This year, we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To commemorate this historic date, National Disability Institute (NDI) will be launching a grassroots campaign on July 26, 2016, to increase awareness of the millions of Americans with disabilities that live in poverty and remain outside of the economic mainstream. Be notified as soon as the campaign launches by subscribing to NDI on Facebook (www.facebook.com/RealEconImpact) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/RealEconImpact).

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Public Benefits and Work Supports 

SSA Authorization to Work Benefits

Many SSI and SSDI beneficiaries are surprised to learn that they are allowed to work while still receiving benefits and keeping their medical insurance. Sometimes, they are so shocked by this news, that they need to see it for themselves. What better place to verify this, than by going to the Social Security Administration’s information page? Beneficiaries can learn how to be protected while getting training and working as much as they are able to.

Employment 

A Framework for Household Financial Security

The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) offers a Household Financial Security Framework that can be readily adapted to employer financial literacy programs. The Framework demonstrates the importance of housing and transportation to employment stability and how utilizing government resources, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, maximizes earnings and asset development for low-income earners. Download the Integrating Financial Security and Asset-Building Strategies into Workforce Development Programs guide.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Sharing IRS Messages on Social Media

The IRS created a new toolkit on social media to increase awareness of current tax information and available tools and services for taxpayers who need it. Promoting the availability of free tax preparation and other tax information will help hardworking individuals and families avoid high-cost tax service fees and claim credits that they are qualified to receive. The Toolkit provides customized, ready-made messages to use on whatever social media platform(s) your organization uses. The messages are presented in a calendar format so that you don’t have to worry about the timing of when you should share a specific message on a given topic. Download the Toolkit.

Financial Education 

Free Financial Workshop Kits

National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has created free Financial Workshop Kits to teach money management skills. NEFE’s Financial Workshop Kits help financial educators be more comfortable, efficient and effective in delivering financial education. There are customizable workshop kits for diverse audiences, such as disability, aging, college students and youth. Learn more about NEFE’s Financial Workshop Kits.

Asset Development 

Asset Development for Greater Independence

Isn’t it great when there is a program that rewards people for saving money to reach their goals? Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) do just that. You start by deciding towards which goal you want to save money. Usually, the savings options include home purchases, business start-ups or paying for an education, but sometimes a program offers a specialized option, such as saving to purchase assistive technology. You are provided training on how to save money regularly, improve your credit and prepare to use your savings and the matched money, ensuring that this meets your needs. Find a matched savings program in your community.

Public Policy 

Four States Now Offering ABLE Accounts

To date, a handful of states have launched individual ABLE programs, including Ohio, Nebraska, Tennessee and Florida. The Ohio STABLE Program, ABLE TN and the Nebraska Enable Savings Program are all national programs that offer enrollment to qualified individuals with disabilities throughout the country. Florida’s ABLE United Program is an in-state only program, offering enrollment to qualified individuals with disabilities that are Florida residents. To take a closer look at these ABLE programs and figure out which one is best for you, register for a free webinar from the ABLE National Resource Center on August 4, 2016.

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Issue 28 - July 2016

In This Issue

Celebrating 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Benefits: SSA Authorization to Work Benefits

Employment: A Framework for Household Financial Security

Tax Preparation: Sharing IRS Messages on Social Media

Financial Education: Free Financial Workshop Kits

Asset Development: Asset Development for Greater Independence

Public Policy: Four States Now Offering ABLE Accounts

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