IRS Issues Proposed ABLE Act Regulations

In late June, the Internal Revenue Service released proposed rules and regulations for the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. The ABLE Act will allow people with disabilities (with an age of onset up to 26 years old) and their families the opportunity to create a tax-exempt savings account that can be used for maintaining health, independence and quality of life. For more information, please read the IRS’ notification of proposed ABLE regulations in the Federal Register.

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Public Benefits and Work Supports 

Medicare Is Not Just for Retirees

Most people think of Medicare as part of Social Security retirement, however, Medicare eligibility extends to individuals age 65 or older, under 65 and disabled under SSA rules and individuals who have end-stage Renal Disease. For those considering a return to work, remember: there are provisions guaranteeing Medicare eligibility, even if you no longer qualify for SSDI. To learn more about Medicare eligibility while working, visit SSA’s website.            


Reference Guide on Universal Access and Equal Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued Training and Employment Notice (TEN) 01-15, "Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide," as an updated resource under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The TEN provides policies, procedures and other steps One-Stop Career Centers/American Job Centers can implement to increase equal opportunity and universal access to programs and services for individuals with disabilities. For more information, read the Department of Labor TEN.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

New Promising Practice Emerging in Serving Taxpayers Who Use American Sign Language (ASL)

Earlier this year, we highlighted the IRS’ expanded library of videos describing a variety of tax information, terms and tips in ASL. Now, more and more cities across the country are exploring and adopting another promising practice that may significantly expand free tax preparation and financial education to d/Deaf/Deaf-Blind/Hard-of-Hearing communities. As you are aware, all Certified ASL Interpreters are required to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and can do so by participating in a variety of educational activities. Tax coalitions in Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts are exploring opportunities for ASL interpreters to receive CEUs by attending tax education workshops before volunteering as ASL interpreters for d/Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing taxpayers at free tax sites. This practice is gaining momentum across the country, with great potential to not only expand the number of interpreters with tax education under their belt, but also boost awareness and access to free tax preparation and valuable tax credits to a greater number of d/Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing taxpayers.

Contact NDI Manager of Financial Empowerment Jamie Robinson and/or find your regional interpreter education center for more information.

Financial Education 

New Planning Guide for Integrated Financial Capability Services

CFED has developed a new planning guide, “Building Financial Capability – A Planning Guide for Integrated Services,” to assist community based organizations integrate financial capability services in to their existing programs. The planning guide offers step-by-step direction for developing a positive program design that builds the financial capability of all clients. Read the full report now

Asset Development 

Computers as Assets for Productivity

Owning a personal computer opens up a world of boundless opportunities like engaging with others through social media, accessing useful information, learning and even working from home. Everyday, new assistive technology is being designed to assist individuals with disabilities. Devices, such as ergonomic mice, keyboards and voice recognition, can help people perform data entry. Screen-reading programs make it easier for persons with vision impairments or reading comprehension challenges to read computer screens through braille transcription or by listening to the content through a sound system. Applications are easy to install, and are compatible with various operating systems. Visit Job Accommodation Network’s website to learn more.

Public Policy 

ABLE Act Regulations: Highlights for Potential Beneficiaries and Families

On June 19, the IRS issued the highly anticipated Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for the ABLE Act. The NPRM stipulates the proposed regulations by which state ABLE programs will largely be developed and administered. In an effort to inform the disability community and other relevant stakeholders about the details of the proposed regulations, NDI developed preliminary highlights which can be read on our website.

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Issue 18 - July 2015

In This Issue

IRS Issues Proposed ABLE Act Regulations

Benefits: Medicare Is Not Just for Retirees

Employment: Reference Guide on Universal Access and Equal Opportunity

Tax Preparation: New Promising Practice Emerging in Serving Taxpayers Who Use American Sign Language (ASL)

Financial Education: New Planning Guide for Integrated Financial Capability Services

Asset Development: Computers as Assets for Productivity

Public Policy: ABLE Act Regulations: Highlights for Potential Beneficiaries and Families

Program Spotlight: Community Tyze

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Community Tyze

Community Tyze LogoNDI is proud to introduce Community Tyze, a secure online platform allowing individuals with disabilities to create their own personal support network to build and/or expand their circle of support, increase communication and enhance coordination of services and supports. Community Tyze builds on the positive experiences of more than 10,000 Tyze users in Canada. According to research findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Tyze personal networks were documented to reduce social isolation, increase family support, improve communication between paid and unpaid caregivers and reduce healthcare expenditures. Interested in opening a Tyze network? Contact Community Tyze Manager Mary Lynn ReVoir at


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