Public Benefits and Work Supports
Compassionate Allowances Offer Quick Access to Disability Benefits
Did you know the Social Security Administration (SSA) can help certain individuals access benefits more quickly if they have a disability which would obviously meet the standard for SSA disability benefits? Compassionate Allowances (CAL) are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments. Learn more about Compassionate Allowances.
Kessler Foundation Releases National Employment and Disability Survey
The Kessler Foundation, in partnership with the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability, conducted a national survey on employment issues for working age adults with disabilities. The primary purpose of the survey was to understand the mechanisms by which individuals with disabilities strive to work and the challenges they face in doing so. Among the many findings, most notably, the Survey found that more than two-thirds of all people with disabilities are “striving to work.”
Taxes and Tax Preparation
Use the IRS Withholding Calculator
Summer is here, and we are already halfway through the year. This means it is only six more months until tax season begins again. Are you an employee with taxes being withheld? If so, do you know where you stand with the IRS; are you withholding too much or too little? Use the IRS Withholding Calculator to help determine an appropriate tax-withholding rate. The IRS website also provides instructions on how to make changes to your federal income tax withholding.
Financial Workshop Kits Now Available
National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) has created financial workshop kits that provide the tools and resources needed to deliver financial education information to underserved audiences, including individuals with disabilities. Financial workshop kits provide a level of focus and specialization that providers can use to be more comfortable, more efficient and more effective in delivering financial education to their clients. The kits include workshops, tools and other valuable resources to empower more people to make the best financial decisions for their particular circumstance.
Finding a reliable vehicle is important for many people, making it possible for them to maintain employment and keep connected within their community. Vehicles, including modified vehicles, are a big ticket purchase item that need special consideration. For a wealth of information regarding reliability ratings of both new and used vehicles, Consumer Reports is a good place to start. In addition, taking steps to improve your credit score, staying within your budget and doing your homework on the most economic vehicle that’s a good fit your lifestyle ensures you achieve your goal while saving money. For information on Alternative Financing Programs for vehicle modification, visit www.findatnow.org.
Public Policy Recap
Since the ABLE Act was signed into law last December, more than half of all states have adopted state legislation to develop and make ABLE accounts available for qualifying individuals with disabilities. For more information on the ABLE Act, please view NDI’s recent presentation at the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) Conference.
In other news, during a Florida State Legislature session, members introduced legislation to develop a state-funded program aimed at increasing financial literacy among Floridians with developmental disabilities. Unfortunately, the bill failed to be acted on prior to the adjournment of the Florida State Legislature. However, the bill’s language serves as an excellent model for introducing similar legislation in other states. Read an analysis of the bill.
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