Celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week

From now until Saturday, September 19th, we invite you to join the countless disability organizations, governments at all levels and the 53 million Americans with disabilities celebrating the accomplishments and selflessness of direct support professionals (DSPs).

Everyday, DSPs across the country work tirelessly with people experiencing all types of disabilities to ensure they have the opportunity to live and work in their community and/or the setting of their choosing. However, for more than a decade, our country has experienced a steady decline in the overall number of DSPs. Unfortunately, this has had a tremendously negative effect on the livelihood and well-being of numerous persons with disabilities. That is why it is imperative all of us work together to raise awareness on the need for more individuals committed to helping their fellow Americans with disabilities reach their full potential. You can help do so by visiting ANCOR’s DSP Week webpage.

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Public Benefits and Work Supports 

Expedited Reinstatements of Benefits

Concerned about losing your connection to Social Security disability benefits if you return to work? If you are, and you think the only way to get benefits back is by reapplying, you need to know about Expedited Reinstatement of Benefits (EXR). This allows former beneficiaries who become ineligible for benefits due to work activity, to request reinstatement of benefits if certain eligibility criteria are met. To learn more, please visit: https://www.socialsecurity.gov/disabilityresearch/wi/exr.htm.

Employment 

Get Ready for NDEAM

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is celebrating it’s 70th year promoting the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for this year is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am." The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy provides an online toolkit with a range of integrated materials to help you or your organization support the message of the “Who I Am” PSA. The discussion guide and posters can be used to facilitate staff training and create workplace diversity displays. A Spanish-language poster is also available, as is a Spanish-language version of the PSA. Additional information on this year’s NDEAM, including the nationwide on-air PSA, is available at: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Unresolved Tax Issues? Questions About your Rights?

Did you know there are independent representatives at the IRS capable of providing immediate tax assistance to you? TAS, the Taxpayer Advocate Services, is your voice at the IRS. TAS is an independent organization, within the IRS, dedicated to helping individuals, businesses and exempt organizations unable to resolve their tax problems on their own. The service is always free and TAS can help you if:

  • Your problem is causing financial difficulty for you, your family, or your business.
  • You, your business or your organization is facing an immediate threat of adverse action.
  • You have tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded and/or by the date promised. 

Learn more about by visiting TAS’ website.

Financial Education 

Helping Clients Tackle Student Loan Debt

Reports show student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt in the United States. Thirty-seven million Americans have student loan debt, with 14 percent of those affected having at least one past due student loan account. If you have clients that are struggling with student loan debt, access CFPB’s Employer’s Guide to Assisting Employees with Student Loan Repayment: a toolkit for School Districts, Non-Profit Organizations, and other Public Service Employers. The toolkit provides information on loan forgiveness programs and other helpful information. Get your hands on the CFPB’s toolkit now.

Asset Development 

Children's Saving Accounts

Asking children to help pitch in and complete chores reaps numerous benefits. When children complete chores, they learn stewardship – a skill that is valued in school and on the job. At age 14, youth can begin employment by applying for a work permit (contact your state workforce agency for details). For college-age youth, work-studies are available to help students earn income while attending school. When youth receive money for work or as gifts, the opportunity for them to learn wise spending and saving habits is created. Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) allow children to save a portion of their income for the future. Research indicates that when children regularly save money towards a goal they are more likely to reach that goal. A plan to discuss savings goals helps children form a community network that supports a vision of hope for their future. Learn more about Children Savings Accounts.

Public Policy 

AIR Study Examines Sagging Disability Employment Numbers

Currently, there are more than 53 million Americans with disabilities ‒ 19 percent of the U.S. population. Many are fully capable of working but are not or have completely given up looking for work. In fact, since 2001, the proportion of working age people with disabilities in the labor force fell from 25 percent in 2001 to 16 percent in 2014. AIR’s new paper, “One Size Does Not Fit All: A New Look at the Labor Force Participation of People with Disabilities,” explores this troubling trend by breaking down workforce participation of individuals with disabilities by state and according to disability type.

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Issue 19 - Sept. 2015

In This Issue

Celebrate Direct Support Professionals Week

Benefits: Expedited Reinstatements of Benefits

Employment: Get Ready for NDEAM

Tax Preparation: Unresolved Tax Issues? Questions About your Rights?

Financial Education: Helping Clients Tackle Student Loan Debt

Asset Development: Children's Saving Accounts

Public Policy: AIR Study Examines Sagging Disability Employment Numbers

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