NDI Real Economic Impact – Network News March 2014

March 11, 2014 in Advocacy & Access, Community News
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Workers with Disabilities Included in Minimum Wage Executive Order

February 12th marked a historic day in the economic advancement of all people with disabilities when President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors, including workers with disabilities, to $10.10/hour beginning in 2015. Prior to the announcement, people with disabilities employed by federal contractors could be paid a subminimum wage in accordance with Section 14(c), which advocates like National Disability Institute and its colleagues in the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination (CPSD) have long argued is not only discriminatory but keeps people with disabilities out of the economic mainstream.At a time when nearly 1 in 3 Americans with disabilities live in poverty, among the highest poverty rate of any underserved population in America, the Obama Administration’s Executive Order gives low-wage workers with and without disabilities the opportunity to build a more secure financial future for themselves and their families.Learn more about this landmark executive order, what it means to the disability community and how you can help convince Congress to end the subminimum wage for all workers with disabilities.

Resources for Real Economic Impact

Benefits

VITA Programs & the Affordable Care Act

The Center for Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently createdHealth Reform: Beyond the Basics, a website designed to prepare advocates and state and local officials to help consumers access ACA’s new health coverage opportunity. The site features a section on VITA Programs & the Affordable Care Act to equip VITA sites with tools and resources to help taxpayer’s enroll and avoid a penalty on next year’s tax return.

Employment

The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

Workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and businesses, including when, where, and how work is done and mutually ensure that the needs of both are met by making changes to the time, location, and manner in which an employee works. By utilizing effective tools and resources, workforce professionals can provide valuable services to employees and employers through workplace flexibility strategies. Learn more by viewing The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility, presented by NDI’s LEAD Center at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Training.

Taxes and Tax Preparation

Help Friends, Family and Clients Save Money by Filing their Federal and State Taxes for Free!

If you or someone you know has a household income of $58,000 or less, you can save big time by preparing and filing both your federal and state taxes absolutely, 100-percent free!National Disability Institute is proud to join its national partners Goodwill Industries International and United Way to bring free tax preparation and filing assistance both online and in person to millions of Americans through MyFreeTaxes. Sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, MyFreeTaxes.com is the only online platform taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can use to file both federal and state taxes for free in all 50 states and Washington, DC. Help spread the word about this completely free, money-saving service for eligible taxpayers by sharing this flyer with your friends, family, colleagues and clients and via social media or encouraging them to visit MyFreeTaxes.com today.

Financial Education

10 Questions to Ask When Selecting an Online Money Management Tool

Online money management tools are websites that help manage one’s money – money earned, money spent and what kinds of things you spend your money on. There are multiple online money management tools to choose from that range in sophistication and cost. It is important to choose a tool that works best for you. Read our guide to learn what questions you should consider when selecting an online money management tool.

Asset Development

What is Asset Development? Earn It -> Claim It -> Keep It!

Asset development is vital for everyone to improve their economic self-sufficiency, including individuals with disabilities. Asset development can range from buying a home, investing in a business, learning a new skill, to simply saving money for emergencies. As you develop assets, you and your family will become more financially stable. Social Security Work Incentives, Individual Development Accounts (IDA), and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are a few of the programs available to assist with asset development. Download our Asset Development Effective Strategy Handout.

Public Policy

Climb the Economic Ladder: New Section 503 Rule

On March 27th, new final rules for Section 503 issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) go into effect. Section 503 prohibits employment discrimination against individuals based on disability by federal contractors and subcontractors. The new rule for the first time establishes a 7 percent utilization goal for federal contractors in the hiring and retention of workers with disabilities. Although not a quota or a ceiling, the Section 503 final rule sets out new affirmative obligations on federal contractors to recruit, hire and promote qualified individuals with disabilities. To learn more about the final Section 503 rule, visitwww.dol.gov/ofccp/503rule. To learn more about National Disability Institute and its partnership with Our Ability to help connect jobseekers with disabilities and federal contractors, read our blog post.

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Issue 2 – Mar. 2014

In This Issue

Workers with Disabilities Included in Minimum Wage Executive Order

Benefits: VITA Programs & the Affordable Care Act

Employment: The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

Tax Preparation: Help Friends, Family and Clients Save Money by Filing their Federal and State Taxes for Free!

Financial Education: 10 Questions to Ask When Selecting an Online Money Management Tool

Asset Development:Economic Mobility for People with Disabilities

Public Policy: Climb the Economic Ladder: New Section 503 Rule

Program Spotlight:  Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation for People with Disabilities

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Program Spotlight

Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation for People with Disabilities

Organizations can maximize their outreach to serve persons with disabilities in their local communities with a Train-the-Trainer session from the nationally-recognized experts at National Disability Institute using NDI’s exclusive Asset Development Curriculum.

National Disability Institute experts will train local teams on NDI’s exclusive Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation curriculum, with customized information for your community. Local teams will learn about self determination, financial education, asset development strategies such as micro-enterprise, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), home ownership, and public benefit programs that support asset development, including SSA work incentives, PASS and PESS. Dynamic trainers with years of expertise in asset development for persons with disabilities provide information, strategies and tools to incorporate asset development strategies into an organizations existing programs and community-based learning activities.

Learn more and download the Train-the-Trainer promotional flyer.

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