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October 2017 | Vol. 9, Issue 9
CONTENTS
National Disability Institute Facilitates NDEAM Congressional Briefing
House Bipartisan Disability Employment Working Group Announced
NDI Staff Meets with Treasurer Jovita Carranza
ABLE National Resource Center Hosts Webinar on New CMS Guidance
September Employment Profile


 

National Disability Institute Facilitates NDEAM Congressional Briefing

National Disability Institute (NDI) is a founding member of the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) and acts as Chair of the collaboration’s Public Policy Workgroup.  CPSD is an advocacy network of 10 national disability organizations who have come together to pursue modernization of the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, so that they can become employed, live independently in an inclusive community and rise out of poverty.

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October, CPSD organized and hosted a Congressional briefing focused on various legislative proposals that would support increased opportunities for competitive integrated employment (CIE) among youth and adults with disabilities.  Many of these proposals were developed and put forth by the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, formed as a result of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

The discussions that took place at the briefing, sponsored by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA); Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH); and in cooperation with House Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus Chairs Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and Rep. Jim Langevin (D-RI), were facilitated by NDI’s Director of Public Policy, Chris Rodriguez, and included the following guest panelists:

  • Dr. David Mank, Chairman of the WIOA Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Charles Hill, General Manager, Embassy Suites, Washington, D.C. Convention Center
  • Patti Killingsworth, Assistant Commissioner and Chief of Long-Term Services and Supports, Bureau of TennCare
  • Laura Kuster, Consumer Products Safety Commission

For more information, including materials provided at the briefing, visit the CPSD webpage.

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House Bipartisan Disability Employment Working Group Announced

This past month, Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) announced the development of the “Bipartisan House Working Group on Employing People with Disabilities.” This working group currently includes Representatives Joe Crowley (D-NY), Gregg Harper (R-MS), Pete Sessions (R-TX), James Clyburn (D-SC) and Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and aims to “examine how we can change our system of laws and regulations so that people with disabilities... have the same opportunities as everyone else to work and have a better life.

National Disability Institute continues to have a strong focus on providing opportunities for employment to all Americans across the spectrum of disability. We look forward to collaborating with this new working group to advance economic mobility and financial self-sufficiency for those we represent. 

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NDI Staff Meets with Treasurer Jovita Carranza

National Disability Institute was recently invited to meet with Treasurer Jovita Carranza, and additional senior staff representing the U.S. Department of Treasury, to discuss potential updates to the regulations governing the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). According to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), the CRA, signed into law in 1977, provides a framework for financial institutions, state and local governments and community organizations to jointly promote banking services to all members of a community by:

  • Prohibiting redlining (denying or increasing the cost of banking to residents of racially defined neighborhoods), and
  • Encouraging efforts to meet the credit needs of all community members, including residents of low- and moderate-income (LMI) neighborhoods.

During this meeting, NDI staff were provided the opportunity to share statistics, data and research detailing the prevalence of individual with disabilities within the LMI community and their lack of engagement with and use of conventional banking services. Additionally, NDI staff were able to offer a number of recommendations on how certain updates to the CRA regulations could help to better address the needs of individuals with disabilities and assist them in becoming part of the economic mainstream.

NDI appreciates Treasury’s interest in the needs of individuals with disabilities and will continue to work with the department as they contemplate updates to these regulations.

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ABLE National Resource Center Hosts Webinar on New CMS Guidance

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC), founded and managed by National Disability Institute, will host the webinar, “Medicaid and ABLE: A Look at the Recently Released CMS Guidance,” on Thursday, November 9th (2:00-3:30pm Eastern).  The webinar will be moderated by Chris Rodriguez, Director, ABLE National Resource Center and will also include a guest panel comprised of the following individuals:

  • David Bell, Managing Director, Oregon ABLE Savings Plan
  • Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy, Arc of the United States
  • Morris Klein, Esq., Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Kathleen McGrath, Former Pennsylvania State ABLE Program Director
  • An ABLE Account Owner

The aim of the webinar is to provide ABLE-related stakeholders with a brief analysis and summary of the recently released CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) guidance on ABLE accounts (and ABLE funds) and will include a Q&A with a number of ABLE-related experts representing both the disability community and the individuals responsible for administering ABLE programs.

To learn more about the webinar, including how to register, visit the ANRC webpage.

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September Employment Profile

Disability employment statistics for September 2017 show that the unemployment rate among people with disabilities was 7.5 percent. This shows a 1.2 percent decrease from September 2016. The latest employment statistics also find that only 21.2 percent of people with disabilities are actively in the labor force, as compared to 68.7 percent of people with no disability. Data on people with disabilities covers those between the ages of 16 to 64 who do not live in institutions.

U.S. Disability Employment Profile
Statistic
With Disability
Without Disability
 
Sep.
2016
Sep.
2017
Sep.
2016
Sep.
2017
Percent of Population in the Labor Force
19.8
21.2
68.7
68.7
Employment-Population Ratio
18.1
19.6
65.5
66.0
Unemployment Rate
8.7
7.5
4.6
3.9
As reported by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Table A-6

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