We hope you had a wonderful time over the holidays with family and friends. As we begin 2011, here are some New Year's Resolutions that both NDI and you, our friends in the disability and asset communities, can do to advance a better economic future for people with disabilities nationwide and ensure Real Economic Impact.
1. Set a monthly savings goal. We talk the talk here at NDI and we are going to walk the walk in 2011 (more details to come). Challenge your friends, family and co-workers to set savings goals and share your progress. Don't have a savings account? Start one!
2. Connect with the REI Tour coalition lead in your city to become more involved in the Real Economic Tour. Volunteer your time to help at a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site or outreach to low-income taxpayers with disabilities to educate them about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
3. Educate your Senators and member of the House of Representatives about the importance of passage of the ABLE Act, which will allow Americans with disabilities to create savings plans that do not impact continuned eligibility for public benefits like Social Security, Medicaid and rental assistance. A new start with a new Congress offers a unique opportunity to build the momentum for passage in 2011. For more visit: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/Public-Policy/ABLE-Act.aspx
4. Become part of our BEST (Building Economic Strength Together) Community. Sign up for our MoneyMondays text campaign to receive a tip to your phone each Monday or visit http://realeconomicimpact.tumblr.com/tagged/MoneyMondays
to see all of our tips from the past year. To sign up, Text to REITMM to 69302. Remember, standard text messaging rates apply.
We'd love to hear your resolutions for 2011. What are you doing to ensure a better economic future for people with disabilities? Leave a comment at the Real Economic Impact blog!