October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

During the month of October, National Disability Institute (NDI) is celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Now it its 70th year, the month-long initiative has become the banner observance in the disability community raising awareness on disability employment issues and recognizing the significant contributions of American workers with disabilities. Visit our website to learn more about NDEAM and how you can join in the celebration.

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Public Benefits and Work Supports 

Accessing Available Work Supports with Ticket to Work

For those receiving SSI and/or SSDI, there are work supports that can help cover the costs of training, accommodations, transportation and help build assets that support goals towards working and living independently in the community. An Employment Network can assist with employment supports, and connect eligible beneficiaries to a certified work incentive benefits advisor who can assist in leveraging applicable work incentives, as well as help people manage their benefits while working. To find a provider go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/.

Employment 

Updated Guide for Accessible Meetings and Events Now Available

The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center has updated “Guide to Accessible Meetings, Events, and Conferences” which provides employers and organizations extensive information on site selection, pre-event activities, physical and audio-visual considerations, food service, personal assistants and service animals, tips for presenters and attendees, and emerging promising practices. The guide also includes regulatory updates and practical information from an array of meeting and planning professionals and subject matter experts. Download the guide now.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Tax Incentives Available to Businesses

Are you an employer seeking to hire individuals with disabilities? Or perhaps you are an organization working to encourage businesses to hire more persons with disabilities? There are tax incentives available to businesses that hire and work to accommodate people with disabilities. Learn more by visiting the IRS website.

Financial Education 

Integrating Financial Capability Strategies Within Workforce Programs

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides guidance and identifies new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to deliver financial empowerment tools and resources to youth and adult customers. Our archived webinar provides information on WIOA and provides on-the-ground examples from Florida and New York, where financial tools and resources are being used with AJC customers to improve the financial capability of job seekers with and without disabilities.

Asset Development 

Achieving the American Dream

Employment income can help people achieve their financial and savings goals. As a result, WIOA encourages people with disabilities to focus on obtaining a job or establishing a career, while at the same time learning money management skills — ensuring they have the capability to obtain affordable housing in the community of their choice, secure reliable transportation, support themselves and save for retirement. Please visit the Department of Labor’s website for a list of available resources.

Public Policy 

The Clock Is Ticking: SSDI's Future In Limbo

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are back in session. While much focus is on the impending government shutdown, another deadline is quickly, approaching: the projected Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) shortfall. We are still more than a year out from the deadline, but with the current political climate on Capitol Hill, not to mention the November 2016 elections, the livelihood of 11 million SSDI recipients — nine million workers with disabilities and two million of their family members and dependents — is in jeopardy. At a time when millions of Americans with and without disabilities are struggling to put food on the table and pay bills, it is unfair to ask more from our most at-risk Americans. We cannot do it alone, which is why we need your help. Use our influencer script to drive the message home.

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Issue 20 - Oct. 2015

In This Issue

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Benefits: Accessing Available Work Supports with Ticket to Work

Employment: Updated Guide for Accessible Meetings and Events Now Available

Tax Preparation: Tax Incentives Available to Businesses

Financial Education: Integrating Financial Capability Strategies Within Workforce Programs

Asset Development: Achieving the American Dream

Public Policy: The Clock Is Ticking: SSDI's Future In Limbo

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