NDI Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

During October, National Disability Institute (NDI) has joined with countless nonprofits, organizations, all levels of government, and individuals with disabilities, their family and friends to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to recognize the significant contributions of American workers with disabilities.

Here at NDI, we stand committed to ensuring Americans with disabilities have the opportunity to pursue meaningful, competitive and integrated employment options. Through the work of our LEAD Center, we are working tirelessly to advance individual and systems level change to improve employment and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for all people across the spectrum of disability.

Since our founding in 2005, NDI has been leading the charge to increase the financial capacity and capability of the entire disability community. As such, we understand and recognize the importance work has on an individual’s financial health.

In that spirit, we add our name to the chorus of organizations and people supporting National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and this year's theme of "Expect. Employ. Empower."

Resources for Real Economic Impact


Work Incentives for SSA Beneficiaries

Are you receiving Social Security disability benefits? NDEAM is a great opportunity to consider whether it is time for you to try returning to work or to begin work for the first time. Over the last decade, a number of new work incentives have been introduced to help Social Security beneficiaries in the return to work. This is an exciting time to consider your options, and to take advantage of resources that can support your journey. Visit the Ticket to Work Search Page for assistance in understanding work incentives that support SSA beneficiaries, to find your local Community Work Incentive Coordinator or to locate an Employment Network and/or Vocational Rehabilitation program near you that can assist with your job search.


TAP Talent Opens Doors to Employment for People with Disabilities

The New York TAP (Trade Associations Partnership) Talent employment program, funded by the Kessler Foundation, creates career paths for individuals with disabilities in the financial sector. A partnership between the NY Credit Union Association, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services of NY's State Vocational Rehabilitation program and National Disability Institute, NY TAP Talent leverages Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) supports and training to match credit unions interested in diversifying their workforce to applicants with disabilities. Learn more about the TAP Talent program.

Taxes and Tax Preparation 

Disability Awareness Training for Free Tax Preparation Volunteers

Are you training volunteers for the upcoming tax season? If so, please check out NDI's free online training for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance/Tax Counseling for the Eldery (VITA/TCE) volunteers on Disability Awareness. Designed to provide VITA/TCE volunteers with basic tips on interacting with persons with disabilities, this training also offers information to eliminate myths and increase awareness of a growing demographic served by free tax sites.

Financial Education 

Getting Back to Basics

A key component of financial education is understanding one's needs versus wants. More often than not, needs versus wants comes in to play when individuals are grocery shopping. NDI has created a two-page resource to help you when making the trip to the grocery store: the Menu Planning and Shopping List tool. Although these seem simple, they can make a huge impact. Download the Menu Planning and Shopping List worksheet.

Asset Development 

Diversifying Your Disability Outreach

As you focus your attention on disability this month, you may ask yourself, “Am I partnering with the right disability organizations to meet the needs of my organization and/or the needs of those I serve?” For many, that question may align with preparing for the upcoming tax season, identifying partners who can provide information on public disability benefits or improving engagement and service to individuals with disabilities. Whether you are an asset building provider or a disability service provider, there are a multitude of disability organizations at the local, state, and national level you can partner with to enhance your reach and ability to provide high quality services. To get you started, we have created a downloadable fact sheet with a (non-exhaustive) list of possible partners for collaboration.

Public Policy 

2014 Election Checklist

We are two weeks away from the November elections, mere days from determining the future direction of both the federal and state government's approach to the blending and braiding of public and private resources to support improved employment and economic status for millions of Americans with disabilities.

This year, NDI is offering an Election Checklist to help inform you, coworkers, family members, friends and the general public about the policy direction and priorities of candidates seeking your vote.

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Issue 9 - Oct 2014 

In This Issue

NDI Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Benefits: Work Incentives for SSA Beneficiaries

Employment: TAP Talent Opens Doors to Employment for People with Disabilities

Tax Preparation: Disability Awareness Training for Free Tax Preparation Volunteers

Financial Education: Getting Back to Basics

Asset Development: Diversifying Your Disability Outreach

Public Policy: 2014 Election Checklist

Program Spotlight:  Disability Employment Initiative

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Program Spotlight 

Disability Employment Initiative

Disability Employment Initiative LogoThe goal of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. DEI improves coordination and collaboration across multiple service delivery systems; builds effective
state and local partnerships that leverage public and private resources; provides flexible
opportunities and access to training and employment of youth and adults with disabilities;
and creates systemic change.

A joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), DEI brings together local, state and federal agencies, as well as community-based agencies and organizations to achieve its goals. Of particular note, DEI requires that its grantees participate in the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Ticket to Work Program to improve the coordination of services to customers of the public workforce system who also receive SSA disability benefits.

To learn more visit www.dei-ideas.org or the Workforce3One page on DEI.

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