Public Benefits and Work Supports
Service Coordination Supports Self-Sufficiency
Nationally, there are initiatives that coordinate employment service delivery through the use of Integrated Resource Teams (IRTs). A job seeker and those who support the individual come together to define the person’s employment goal and set a course for continued access to work supports. Coordinating services and identifying solutions to overcome employment barriers helps people to secure employment and increase income, eventually decreasing reliance on public benefits. The teams share outcomes of increased wages, financial capability and retention of employment for their participants. Learn more about IRTs.
Inclusion Works in the Workplace
#InclusionWorks is the theme for this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Incorporating a hashtag into the theme is the perfect way to spread the word on social media that employing individuals with disabilities is good for everyone! Each year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides a wealth of materials for employers and others to use in promoting the accomplishments of employees with disabilities and highlighting the value of a diverse workforce. Explore this year’s NDEAM materials.
Taxes and Tax Preparation
Tick-Tock, the Deadline is Approaching
Millions of taxpayers ask for an extra six months to file their taxes every year. If you are one of them and you have not yet filed with the IRS, you should be aware that the October 17 extension deadline is approaching. You should file on time to avoid a potential late filing penalty. If you owe money and can’t pay all of your taxes, pay as much as you can to reduce interest and penalties for late payment. You might also consider an installment agreement where you can pay over time. Learn more.
Integrating Financial Education into American Job Centers
Are you looking to start a financial education program within your job center? National Disability Institute (NDI) has created a toolkit titled, “Six Steps to Integrating Financial Education Into American Job Centers” that provides steps you can take to start your financial education program. The toolkit also provides job centers with tips and tools to help motivate clients to access financial education workshops and resources. Download the toolkit.
Asset Stability and Employment
Over time, advocates have been successful in their efforts to increase the amount of allowable assets for public and social security beneficiaries. Assets such as a home, vehicle, tools, equipment and an education are important to people living and working in their community. Returning to and retaining employment provides the income needed to build and maintain assets. Implementing Employment First strategies can expedite access to employment and help individuals retain their financial wellbeing within their communities.
ABLE Legislation Update
In September, Senate bills 2702 and 2703 (the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act) were discharged out of the Senate Finance Committee. These two bills were introduced as part of a three bill package aimed at improving the original ABLE Act legislation passed in late 2014. The third piece of legislation, the ABLE Age Adjustment Act (S. 2704), failed to be discharged out of committee alongside its other ABLE-related bills. The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would increase the age of eligibility from 26 to 46, allowing thousands of individuals with disabilities (who are currently not eligible to open an account) the opportunity to build a more secure financial future for themselves and their families. Read more.
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