Louisville Metro Government Joins with National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

At a time when nearly one in three Americans with disabilities live in poverty, the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center), Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank On Louisville organized a city-wide Economic Advancement Assembly on May 13 at the Home of the Innocents to help people in the local disability community improve their financial capability and capacity. 

Funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), and led by National Disability Institute, the LEAD Center seeks to improve the employment outcomes and the economic self-sufficiency of all people with disabilities. In that spirit, LEAD Center’s Economic Advancement Assembly brought together stakeholders and service providers in the disability, employment, financial services, workforce and asset development communities to identify ways to work together to build a brighter economic future for people with disabilities in the Louisville Area.

Learn more about the event here, read tweets from the event on the LEAD Center and NDI Twitter feeds and check back to the LEAD Center homepage for an upcoming article.  

Resources for Real Economic Impact


Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA) projects are funded by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to provide information and benefits planning to enable beneficiaries with disabilities to make informed choices about work. WIPA projects hire and train Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs) who work with individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to provide in-depth counseling about benefits and the effect of work on those benefits.  To learn more, visit the Ticket to Work Service Provider Finder or read NDI's Effective Strategy Handout on the Work Incentive Planning and Assistance.


American Job Centers

American Job Centers (AJCs) are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof. Established under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), the centers offer training referrals, career counseling, job listings and other employment-related services. Customers can visit an AJC in person or connect to the center's information via computer or kiosks for remote access.  To find out more, visit America’s Service Locator to find an American Job Center near you.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Obtaining Prior Year Tax Return

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), taxpayers should retain copies of their tax returns from the previous three years. Along with aiding in tax preparation, returns can be used to validate income and tax filing status for mortgage applications and to process student and small business loan applications. If an individual has misplaced a previous year’s tax return, also known as a “transcript,” a copy can be downloaded and printed immediately, or it can be mailed. Learn more about requesting transcripts.

Financial Education 

Alleviating Financial Stress

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to call attention to the importance of mental health as it relates to our overall health and wellness. Money is often a source of great anxiety, stress and even situational depression. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2010 Stress in America Survey, “over three-quarters of Americans (76 percent) cite money as a significant cause of stress,” and concluded that, while the economy appears to be rebounding, “personal financial problems still worry many Americans.” To help ease the stress, the APA offers advice on how to best deal with stress over money.

Asset Development 

HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency Program

The Family Self-Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a federal program designed to assist families participating in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, and those in public housing, increase their income and assets, while also decreasing their dependency on welfare assistance and rent subsidies. Over the course of its 24-year history, FSS  has helped countless in the disability community build their assets and improve employment outcomes at the same time providing case management and supportive services referrals. 

Learn more about the FSS Program
Read a 2011 Evaluation of the FSS Program

Public Policy 

CFPB Launches New Community Financial Education Project

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is launching a new Community Financial Education Project to collaborate with public libraries across the country. The project, called “Smart Investing” will help public libraries provide free, unbiased financial information and referrals. CFPB will work with libraries to help build local partnerships and to promote them as community resources. The CFPB aims to amplify its partners’ work by making libraries vital financial education hubs in communities across the country.

Read more about the Smart Investing project in the April Issue of National Disability Institute’s Washington Insider Policy Newsletter

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Issue 4 - May 2014 

In This Issue

Louisville Metro Government Joins with National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

Benefits: Work Incentive Planning and Assistance (WIPA)

Employment: American Job Centers

Tax Preparation: Obtaining Prior Year Tax Return

Financial Education: Alleviating Financial Stress

Asset Development: HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency Program

Public Policy: CFPB Launches New Community Financial Education Project

Program Spotlight:  Missouri Asset Development Project

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Program Spotlight 

Missouri Asset Development Project

The Missouri Asset Development Project is a project funded by the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council to train service providers on National Disability Institute’s Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation for Persons with Disabilities curriculum. To date, more than 40 service providers have been trained on the “Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation for Persons with Disabilities” curriculum and various other asset building resources and tools. 

Upon completion, trainers are encouraged to share knowledge and best practices with their staff, colleagues, fellow trainers, self-advocates, teachers, and other professionals that support persons with disabilities.

As part of the project, a statewide Asset Development Summit was held in April that brought together members of the disability and asset development communities together to develop an action plan on how to further expand economic self-sufficiency opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities.

Learn more about NDI’s Asset Development Projects


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